Western Gailes

Western Gailes

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Western Gailes Golf Club

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Western Gailes Golf Club, nestled in Ayrshire, Scotland, stands as a glorious golfing venue, in a stunning part of the world. The course gracefully lines the Firth of Clyde, affording awe-inspiring vistas of the ocean and the encompassing terrain. 

The reputation of Western Gailes as one of the game’s finest and more exacting courses has spread worldwide as evidenced by its numerous visitors from around the world including golfing legends from this and the last century.

The great Harry Vardon arrived at Western Gailes in June 1903 celebrating his fourth Open victory. In 1923 its attractions were being lauded by the then US Open Champion Gene Sarazen who played the course with three other outstanding professionals.


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A Brief History of Western Gailes

Formed in 1897, the club has hosted a number of prestigious tournaments, including the Scottish Amateur Championship, which returned for the eighth time to Western Gailes in 2011.

The 1972 Curtis Cup, the 1964 Scottish PGA Championship, and in 2007 European Men's Amateur Team Championship were also held at Western Gailes. The course is often used as a qualifying venue for the Open Championship.
 
Originally, golfers used to arrive at Gailes Station on the train from Glasgow. Unfortunately, the station was closed in the 1960s but Western Gailes remains a popular destination for those who live and work in the city. 

The clubhouse sits proudly overlooking the links, with views across the water to the Isle of Arran beyond. It offers players the perfect setting to relax after the challenge of the famous course.

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The Ayrshire coastline is blessed with some of Britain's finest links courses, and Western Gailes is up there with the very best. 

The course was originally designed by renowned golf course architect Fred Morris and later modified by other notable designers like James Braid and Philip Mackenzie Ross. It features the classic links-style design with undulating fairways, deep bunkers, and strategically placed hazards. The natural dunes and the prevailing coastal winds add to the course's difficulty and character.

Laid out in a figure of eight, the course has the railway track running down one side and the ocean running down the other. While the long, thin strip of linksland is typical of the west coast, the situation of the clubhouse in the middle is most unusual. This is links golf at its very best and the back nine is as hard as anywhere when the wind picks up. It usually blows from the west and makes the 17th hole one of the most difficult par fours you will ever tackle.
 
There are seven holes to the north and eleven to the south. Together with the line of dunes running down the coastal stretch from the 5th to the 13th holes, the out of bounds wall from the 14th onwards, the plentiful supply of pot bunkers plus the meandering burns, all combine to present variety and a memorable challenge.

Western Gailes is known for its challenging and memorable holes. The layout demands accurate shot-making and strategic thinking, particularly due to the ever-changing wind conditions. The course offers a mix of par-3s, par-4s, and par-5s that test players' skills and creativity.

Is Western Gailes suitable for players of all skill levels?

Western Gailes Golf Course is generally considered to be a challenging links course, with pot bunkers, undulating fairways and an overall intricate and demanding layout. However, it can provide a superb challenge for golfers of any standard and a there's a great game to be played in its scenic location.

Where is Western Gailes located?

Western Gailes Golf Club is located in Irvine on the west coast of Scotland. It is in a golfing paradise, with Gailes Links, Dundonald Links and Royal Troon all within a couple of miles.

The venue is situated less than 30 miles from Glasgow Airport, which provides daily international flights, as well as flights from England and Ireland.


Book to play on the NCG Top 100s Tour at Western Gailes.
Visit Western Gailes' website here.
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