Western Gailes Golf Club

The test that is the wind and holes routed through the dunes!

Western Gailes Golf Club

Ayrshire, Scotland

Overview

The test at Western Gailes is the ability to keep the ball low, using the ground and staying off the railway!

The club hosted The Curtis Cup in 1972.

Western Gailes Golf Club Videos

Watch Hidden Links classic video here

The club's official video is hosted by A Coltart here

Short and sweet, SGH's gives a pithy introduction here

Erik Anders Lang's visit can be seen here

Ru Macdonald's visit can be viewed here

Western Gailes Golf Club Reviews

Sean Arble's tour can be found here


Golf Course Review

Western Gailes Golf Club is found in the incredible dunes behind the South Beach Park just north of Troon on the Ayrshire coast overlooking the Firth of Clyde and Irvine Bay. The course only adds to the incredible on offer in the immediate area. Dundonald Links, Glasgow Golf Club and Kilmarnock Barassie are the club's illustrious neighbours which must no doubt be somewhat envious of its' true seaside location.

The club was established in 1897 and laid out by the first Keeper of the Green, Mr F Morris, on land previously looked over by Glasgow Gailes. The course has been lengthened over the years, but it was Fred Hawtree in the 1970s which made the most material changes to the 3rd, 4th and 5th holes.

The routing is a continuous loop anticlockwise from the clubhouse. The first 4 holes extend north and are inland. From the 5th tee, you play south on the water's edge until the 13th green. The closing stretch from the 14th tee to the 18th green is again northward and inland.

The Par is 71 and can be set out to break the psychological 7000-yard threshold - with just two par 5's and three par 3's on the card it is a true test of golf! There are three sets of two-shot holes to navigate. The opening stretch of continuous par 4's is found on holes 1-5. The second set is from holes 8-12. The round finishes with three Par 4's!

Ranked24/100in GB&I
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Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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Architects

  • Morris, F
  • Hawtree, Fred

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Contact Details

Ayrshire, KA11 5AE, Scotland

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Joe McDonnell & Evalu18 Ltd

Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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The Putter Tailor - Made to Measure Putters and Wedges

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