The best golf courses in Ayrshire include no fewer than three Open Championship venues. The coastline sometimes feels like it is one big golf course stretching from Largs down to Girvan
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Following Martin Ebert's reimagining of what was already a great links, the famous Trump Turnberry Ailsa is now truly one of the very finest courses in Great Britain and Ireland.
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As much by skill as by strength – is the club’s motto. Take due note. To do well here you will have to seduce rather than overpower Royal Troon.
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The Ayrshire coastline is blessed with some of Britain's finest links courses, and the simply stunning Western Gailes is up there with the very best.
For anyone with a golfing soul, who has a sense of adventure and is prepared to engage their brains, Pretswick remains quite simply a must-play.
Dundonald does not benefit from views of an intimidating sea or bay. It is, rather, a wonderfully challenging course where the breath is taken away by its relentless quality.
The best thing about Gailes bar none is the land it occupies. Located on hallowed Ayrshire links land, there are very few parts of Britain that boast turf better for golf than here.
It is not a Turnberry, a Troon or a Prestwick, but West Kilbride deserves elevation to the second tier alongside Irvine, Barassie and the Gailes.
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A James Braid designed course, Irvine is a really fun and quirky golf course. Its great strength is perhaps the variety of the holes – quirky in places and very solid in others.
There may be as many as a dozen courses within a 10-mile radius that are more famous, but few can rival Kilmarnock's rich history or the quality of its carpet-like greens.
In a region that is dominated by links courses, Largs is a long-established parkland that might be just the tonic for your windswept long game
Rowallan Castle was Colin Montgomerie’s first foray into golf course design, where he teamed up with European Golf Design to produce a 7,000-yard parkland brute.
Set on the Isle of Cumbrae which is only 4 miles long and 2 miles wide, Millport commands one of the most dramatic vistas in Scottish golf.