Regarded as one of the finest golfing coasts in the world, Ayrshire has much to offer golfers of all abilities. The first Open was held at Prestwick in 1860, Troon and Turnberry are regular hosts and the 2016 Open returned to Royal Troon. Trump Turnberry aspires to provide the "best in the world" facilities in terms of golf and accommodation.
Ayrshire Golf Scotland has a wealth of information on courses including a map. Golf in Ayrshire is known throughout the world, with the very best expensive courses mixed in with many fine affordable ones – Ayr Belleisle, Troon Loch Green and Girvan which are part of the excellent range of courses operated by Golf South Aysrhire. Here are a few of our favourite golf courses in Ayrshire:
As a relative newcomer, Dundonald offers an excellent test of golf for the experienced player. Large rolling greens, deep bunkers and now maturing into a real classic. It has hosted several professional tournaments including the 2017 Scottish Open. Great value for money. Discounted rates for ABBA B&Bs
ABBA Tip: The back tees are too long for most golfers, so select the tees that suit your game.Visit Website
The Ailsa course was the venue for the famous "Jewel in the Sun" in 1977, when Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus in The Open. It was held here again in 2009, with Watson runner-up. One of the best courses in the world, it is a traditional links with spectacular sea views. Some holes have been remodelled, to bring the sea more into play.
ABBA Tip: It is very expensive to stay in the hotel, so try a local B&B.Visit Website
St Nicholas was founded in 1851, the same year as its near neighbour, Prestwick Golf Club. Although less famous, St Nicholas provides a stern test of golf over a 6000 yard course. It is pure links with gorse and heather, and always in top class condition. You have sea views from every hole on the course, and an excellent clubhouse with fine catering. Possibly a more enjoyable golfing experience than the longer courses.
ABBA Tip: You can buy a great value 3-round ticket for St Nicholas, Barassie and Irvine BogsideVisit Website
Largs Golf Club is a parkland course, with stunning views over Largs Marina to Cumbrae and Arran. It is a lovely course, not too difficult, but with every hole offering a different challenge. The greens are always immaculate, the staff friendly and the view from the upstairs dining room cannot be beaten.
ABBA Tip: Buy a day ticket – it is great value and the reasonably fit golfer will manage two rounds.Visit Website
Steeped in tradition, you will find a golf club that epitomises "old-fashioned"golf. This is a must-play course for the serious golfer, not just for the course but for the complete ambience of the clubhouse, and the fine collection of golfing memorabilia.
ABBA Tip: For your first visit, hire a caddy. There are so many blind holes, you will need his advice.Visit Website