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Golf Courses

Royal Troon Old Course
Turnberry Course Ailsa Course
Western Gailes


Culzean Castle
Machrihanish by sea

Western Gailes

Region: Prestwick
Opened: 1898
Type: Links
Designer: Unknown

Distances (meters/yards/par):
Championship 6043 / 6609 / 71
Men 5976 / 6535 / 71
Ladies 5562 / 6083 / 75

Founded in 1897, Western Gailes, set out between the seaside dunes and the railway line, is one of the finest true links courses in Scotland. Measuring 6714 yards from the championship tees, the course has played host to the Curtis Cup, PGA Championship, Seniors and the Scottish Amateur Championship. It is also one of the final qualifying courses when The Open is played at Turnberry or Royal Troon.

Mainly two fairways wide, the clubhouse is set back at about the middle of the course. If the prevailing south west is blowing, the first half of the front nine is played with the wind behind before turning into it for an exciting 10 holes alongside the sea before turning at the railway line, with the trains rushing by and the wind behind for the last leg home.

The clubhouse, with its view of the hills of Arran and the sharp outline of Ailsa Craig standing out from the shimmering sea, gives an instant picture of the delights Western provides and the comforts it affords to all who visit.

The writers one and only round there to date, was one of his most enjoyable anywhere, much helped by the charm and enthusiasm of the caddies featured on the slide show opposite!



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