Gailes Links Golf Course

One of the most respected, purest links within easy access of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Gailes Links Golf Course

Ayrshire, Scotland

Overview

Glasgow Golf Club has hosted 32 international competitions and has been used as a Final Open Qualifying course 4 times.

The Ayrshire coast is less known than the famed East Lothian coast but the golf is just as good. In fact, from Irvine to Ayr there are 12 golf courses worth a journey and that's without Turnberry!

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Gailes Links Golf Course is located in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland. Western Gailes and Dundonald Links border the course to the south. The Shewalton Sandpits Wildlife Reserve shares a portion of the property with the course.

Gailes Links Golf Course History

Gailes Links Golf Course, also known as Glasgow Golf Club, was founded in 1787. The club played in Glasgow over the Glasgow Green, Queen's Park and Alexandra Park until a course was laid out in Irvine in 1892. By 1894, there was a train station built to service the club. In 1912, Willie Park Jr redesigned the course and provided the basis for what exists today.

Gailes Links Golf Course by the Numbers

The course can be stretched to just under 7000 yards with only one par 3 on the front nine and two par 3's on the back. Perhaps surprisingly, there are only two par 5's, split evenly front and back. As such, the test comes from a variety of two-shot holes. Of these, there are four that measure less than 350 yards and two that measure more than 450 yards.

It is a proper links test which is evidenced by the fact it hosted the Final Open Qualifying 4 years in a row from 2014-2017.

Ranked90/100in GB&I
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Willie Park Jr boldly constructed hazards. Large severely sloped greens usually from back to front falling off on both sides with a hazard for being long. Firm, fast, rolling contours which reward distance control in conjunction rewarding a deft ground game. Evidence of design more pronounced in later...

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Ayrshire, KA11 5AE, Scotland

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Featured Architect: Willie Park Jr

Willie Park Jr boldly constructed hazards. Large severely sloped greens usually from back to front falling off on both sides with a hazard for being long. Firm, fast, rolling contours which reward distance control in conjunction rewarding a deft ground game. Evidence of design more pronounced in later...

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