Aside from its attachment to Robert Burns and whisky, Ayrshire is also the ‘Birthplace of The Open’ and home to three acclaimed links that have staged the championship.
From Prestwick, which hosted the first-ever edition of the world’s oldest major in 1960, to Royal Troon and the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry, this region of Scotland has a unique and deserved place in golf’s history.
A more recent addition to Ayrshire’s acclaimed roster of courses is Dundonald Links. Designed by Kyle Phillips, it opened in 2003 and has since staged the Scottish Open, Women’s Scottish Open, Open Championship Final Qualifying and many other high-profile events. A modern links, it is a fine place to play.
The same can be said of Glasgow Gaolies, the ninth oldest golf club in the world and once praised for its “wonderfully green and velvety greens” by the great golf writer Bernard Darwin. Western Gailes, West Kilbride and Barassie Links should be high on your ‘must play’ list, too.
Venture across to the Isle of Arran and you will find seven outstanding courses awaiting your arrival. These include Shishkine, a 12-hole track that is regularly listed in the UK’s top 100 courses and features holes seated at the base of Drumadoon Cliffs and providing views across Kilbrannan Sound.
Likewise, Brodick, Corrie and Lamlash will give your skills a robust and fair examination.
With the historic town of Ayr as your base, and the bustling city of Glasgow within touching distance, a trip to Ayrshire never disappoints – particularly if you’ve packed your clubs.