West Scotland

The Scottish Ayrshire coast is a Mecca for great links golf.

Fine running golf can be found in west Scotland at: Turnberry *(T); Prestwick *(P); Royal Troon *(RT); Western Gailes *(WG) and Southerness (SN) on Solway and all have high “joy to be alive” factors, as does Machrihanish *(Mh) and Machrihanish Dunes (MhD) on Kintyre, Machrie (M) on Islay, and the new Dundonald Links (Dund) which used to be called Southern Gailes. The Troon Municipals (TM) are also fine.

Glasgow Gailes (GG) is an Open Championship final qualifying course and Powfoot *(Pow) by the Solway shore is a smaller fine course, both having some heathland characteristics.

Still to be played are the links of Irvine (I); Kilmarnoch Borassie (KB); West Kilbride (WK) and Prestwick St Nicholas (PSN) all on the Ayrshire coast; the 12 hole Shiskine (Shis) on Arran; I suspect there are fine courses among them.  I have walked the  the moorland Lanark (Lan) and there are some fine holes on fine turf.

*featured in Frank Pennink’s 1962 “Golfer’s Companion”

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