Royal Troon Golf Club
The golf courses in Ayrshire in the south west of Scotland have a rich golfing tradition. The natural beauty of the Ayrshire coastline lends itself perfectly to the linksland game and in a relatively small area golfers can experience some fantastic golf.
The area is renowned world wide as home to three Open Championship Courses and the oldest of these, Prestwick, can lay claim to hosting the first ever Championship.
The prestigious links of Royal Troon , with the famous postage stamp hole (pictured left), and Turnberry with its iconic lighthouse, are familiar to all golfers and these premier links have both held mulitple Opens and will live long in the memory. From Gene Sarazen's hole in one at the postage stamp in 1973 at the age of 71, to Watson triumphing over Nicklaus in Turnberry's famous Duel in the Sun, the Ayrshire links have provided some of the greatest moments the Championship has witnessed.
Ayrshire golf is a links lovers dream and although the Open courses grab the headlines the area boasts many fine courses that the visiting golfer should not miss.
Western Gailes, Glasgow Gailes, West Kilbride and Irvine Bogside are all established tests of golf and should feature on any itinerary, whilst the newer Dundonald Links is a championship venue of the higest standards.
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Ayrshire is not all about links golf though. Largs Golf Club is a parkland course in a seaside setting whilst championsip parkland golf can be found at Brunston Castle whilst a trip to the Isle of Arran can be rewarded with a game over the heathland course at Lamlash Golf Club.