Golf in Ayrshire & Arran

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  • Coastal views out towards Ailsa Craig at the Ailsa Course, Turnberry.
    The Ailsa Course, Turnberry
  • Views across one of the greens at Lamlash Golf Course.
    Lamlash Golf Course, Isle of Arran
  • A bunker at the Old Course, Troon Golf Club.
    The Old Course, Troon Golf Club

Not only is Scotland The Home of Golf, it is also the birthplace of the sport’s most prestigious tournament, the Open Championship, which began in Ayrshire in 1860.

On a windy Wednesday morning in 1860, eight sportsmen stepped out onto the greens at Prestwick in what was the start of professional golf as we know it today. Did you know though that not only was Prestwick the host of the first Open Championship, but it was also the location of the first known hole-in-one by ‘Young’ Tom Morris in 1868?

Start your golfing adventure by discovering the current Open Championship courses at Turnberry and Royal Troon, located within a few miles of each other. The Open returned to Ayrshire & Arran in 2009, cementing its reputation for stunning, world-class golf courses and its importance in golfing heritage, and will be back again in 2016 at Royal Troon.

While the remaining courses in Ayrshire & Arran may not share the same international limelight as the ‘Big Three’, they are an absolute joy for those who seek them out. Whether you’re looking for links, heathland, parkland or moorland, there are courses to suit every ability and budget, including hidden gems like the two Gailes courses, Glasgow and Western, the 27-hole Kilmarnock Barassie or Dundonald.

Experience some high quality island golf, such as Millport, a course founded in 1888 on the picturesque Isle of Cumbrae. Designed by James Braid, the architect of some of Scotland’s greatest courses, the panoramic views over the links of Ailsa Craig, the Isles of Bute and Arran and the Cowal peninsula are unparalleled. The nearby Isle of Arran boasts seven courses across the island, including the 12-hole Shiskine course, ranked among the top 100 courses in the UK.

Take a look at the Ayrshire & Arran golf guide and browse some golfing itineraries to find out more about the courses. For excellent value for money, get an Arran Golf Pass which is valid for a whole year for all seven of the island courses. Check out the Ayrshire Open Qualifier Card  for access to three of the Open Championship qualifying venues or the South Ayrshire Golf Pass which permits six rounds on eight courses over seven consecutive days.

When booking your accommodation remember to look out for the Golfers Welcome scheme. They accredit accommodation providers that offer dedicated golf facilities like secure club storage, weather updates and details of local golf suppliers.

Browse the list below for more golf courses in Ayrshire & Arran.
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  1. Kilbirnie Place Golf Course

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    Glengarnock

    Kilbirnie Place is a beautiful par 69 parkland course. It compensates for its lack of length, 5524-yards, with some very tricky greens and natural hazards, including the Jocks Burn that winds its way through the opening and finishing holes.

  2. Gailes Links

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    Irvine

    Gailes Links is owned and managed by Glasgow Golf Club, the 9th oldest golf club in the world.

  3. Ballochmyle Golf Club

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    Mauchline

    This is a traditional Scottish club in the heart of Burns Country where the locals are known to quote poetry in the atmospheric clubhouse.

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    Prestwick

    Were it not for the fame of its famous sister at the other end of town, Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club would enjoy a much wider flung reputation.

  5. Western Gailes Golf Course

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    Irvine

    Western Gailes is one of a group of great links courses in that beautiful stretch of Ayrshire golfing country that stretches from Irvine to Prestwick and with but a short interruption south to the mighty links of Turnberry itself.

  6. Dundonald Links

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    Ayr

    Opened in 2003, Kyle Phillips designed a modern day classic links which has the feel of a course 100 years older and offers challenges and enjoyment in equal measure.

  7. Whiting Bay Golf Club

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    Whiting Bay

    Whiting Bay Golf Club, Isle of Arran, Scotland was founded in1895.

  8. Doon Valley Golf Course

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    Patna

    Doon Valley epitomises the friendly atmosphere found at smaller local courses in Scotland.

  9. Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club

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    Blackwaterfoot

    On the island of Arran off the west coast of Scotland, only an hour by ferry from the mainland, is to be found one of the most unusual and great hidden gems in the wide world of golf.

  10. Machrie Bay Golf Club

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    Machrie

    Machrie Bay is a small but quite interesting nine-hole situated 12 miles from Brodick in the village of Machrie on the south side of Isle of Arran.

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