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Gailes Links

Gailes Links: An Ayrshire links classic

Why we’d rather be playing this glorious Scottish links on the Ayrshire coastline

 

Gailes Links is one of several stunning golf courses on the Ayrshire coastline of Scotland, in a true golfing paradise.

Located within a mile or so of four other glorious courses on the NCG Top 100s, Gailes Links offers golfers a glorious round of golf, in a stunning location.

History

The club originates from Glasgow Golf Club, which was founded way back in 1787. Just over a century later, the site of Glasgow Golf Club was becoming overcrowded.

They eventually settled on the land that Gailes Links Golf Club now calls home, with the club being founded in 1892. Two years later, trains started stopping outside the club to make it easier for golfers to get to the course on the Glasgow-Ayr line.

Willie Fernie was also brought in to revamp the course and update its lay-out at around the same time, with Willie Park Jr redesigning the course shortly before the First World War. The lay-out remains as he drew it up to this day, only with some of the holes being lengthened to deal with improving technology in clubs and balls.

The oldest open amateur strokeplay event in golf takes place at Gailes Links each year – the Tennant Cup. The club has also played host to the Home Internationals, Scottish Amateur and PGA Championships, and has been a an Open Qualifying venue when the tournament has been held at Royal Troon.

What makes Gailes Links special?

Gailes Links is a stiff test of golf, but if you can put your ball in the right places, then it is also scorable, and that’s what makes it an enticing prospect.

As with a lot of links courses in the United Kingdom, and especially Scotland, there is the chance that you might hit a drive onto the railway line at some point. 14 is the first time you see the tracks on your right, and it’s not the only time…

If you tie in a trip to some of the other stunning courses in the region, then you have yourself a brilliant golfing holiday.

Where does it rank?

90th in GB&I, 38th in Scotland, 6th in Ayrshire

Where is it?

Gailes Links is located on the west coast of Scotland, a short drive from Kilmarnock and a 40 minute drive from Glasgow Prestwick airport. Western Gailes, Dundonald Links and Irvine are all within a five-minute drive in a truly glorious area for golf.

Get in touch with Gailes Links

Gailes Links

For more information about the club and course, visit their website or call them on 0141 942 2011.

You can play at Gailes Links on the NCG Top 100s Tour this year!

  • Register now to play in our 2024 Gailes Links event on May 7th here.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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