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For countless thousands of players the world over, Turnberry is simply the finest golfing destination of all. The scene of some of the most remarkable moments in Open history, the legendary Ailsa is complemented by the dynamic challenges of the new Kintyre Championship course.

Ailsa Course
Long regarded as one of the finest courses in the world, the Ailsa came to international prominence with the famous duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson over the four days of the 1977 Open. It was then, in brilliant sunny weather, that a capacity crowd was treated to an exhilarating display of golf from two of the best golfers the world has ever known. Polls now regularly acknowledge the Ailsa as one of Britain's top three courses which gives it eminence worldwide, with regular rankings within the world's top 20 courses. It's no wonder that Colin Montgomerie says: "Turnberry offers the best links golf in the world." Signature hole: Ailsa Course: Ninth (454 yards, par 4) - The championship tee is perched out on a promontory of cliff with a sheer drop of 50 feet. Not for someone suffering with vertigo. The medal tee is some 40 yards further on but still a spectacular tee shot. It takes a 200-yard drive from the championship tee just to reach the fairway and a white stone marker shows you where to aim for. If you are on this line, playing from the medal tees you will have a shot of about 180 yards to a large green untroubled by bunkers. Ailsa - 18 holes, 6,976 yards (6,440 yards medal tees), par 70 (69 medal). Professional record 63. Amateur record 70.
For bookings call 01655-331000

Kintyre Course
Building on the challenges laid down by the famous old Arran course, the Kintyre is links golf at its exhilarating best. Undulating greens, glorious fairways, magnificent ocean holes, and all with stunning views of Kintyre, Arran, and the famous Turnberry Lighthouse. Kintyre - 18 holes, 6,827 yards, par 72
For bookings call 01655-331000

Local Gems
There are many other less famous courses in the area that will provide enjoyable, challenging golf at very affordable prices. There is a mixture of links, heathland and parkland courses all with something different to offer. All are within easy driving distance of the Turnberry Links Estate.

Troon Darley - Links
One of the three good municipal courses in this golf mecca. The Darley is flat but lined with gorse bushes and can be as testing as any in a wind.
Holes= 18, Yards=6501, SSS=72
For bookings call 01292-312464

Troon Fullarton - Parkland
Another of Troon's municipal courses. Quite a short course but provides a good challenge with tight greens and tricky bunkers.
Holes= 18, Yards=4822, SSS=63
For bookings call 01292-312464

Troon Lochgreen - Links
Lochgreen is the best of the trio of municipal courses in the golf mecca of Troon. It is the longest of the three, a par of 74 running parallel at points to Royal Troon and used for several years as an Open qualifier course. Jack Nicklaus shot an 82 here in an Open Qualifier followed by a more appropriate 68 making the cut by one shot.
Holes= 18, Yards=6785, SSS=73
For bookings call 01292-312464

Girvan - Parkland
Short at 5,064 yards with a par of 64 (SSS 64), it may be but it is a challenging test of long-iron play with five of its eight par-3s in excess of 200 yards making them almost impossible to hit in the prevailing wind for all but the longest hitters.
Holes= 18, Yards=5064, SSS=64
For bookings call 01465-714346

Belleisle - Parkland
In an area famed for links courses Belleisle is an exceptional parkland course. Designed by James Braid in 1927, It is a true championship course with only two par 4's under 400 yards and a gripper of a par 3 at the 17th.
Holes= 18, Yards=6431, SSS=72
For bookings call 01292-441258

Brunston Castle - Parkland
This is a relatively new parkland course set in a sheltered valley. The early holes climb a little but generally it is easy walking though it plays quite long in a wind. The 17th is an interesting test over the duck pond.
Holes= 18, Yards=6681, SSS=70
For bookings call 01465-811471

Irvine Bogside - Links
Very testing links/heathland course used as a final qualifying course when the Open Championship is held at Royal Troon or Turnberry. Established in 1887 and designed by James Braid. Along with Royal Troon will co-host the 2003 British Amateur Championship.
Holes= 18, Yards=6266, SSS=71
For bookings call 01461-700227

Powfoot - Links
This is a prominent links course in the southwest, distinguished as a championship venue and playing through a veritable sea of gorse. There are actually only 14 holes that are true links while the back four holes are more parkland in nature.
Holes= 18, Yards=6681, SSS=70
For bookings call 01465-811471

Prestwick, St Nicholas - Links
An excellent links course with magnificent views over the sea. Gorse is a main contender. The 13th is a very good Par 4 with wind off the sea as is the 8th with the Quarry water hazard protecting a sunken green. Fabulous!
Holes= 18, Yards=5952, SSS=69
For bookings call 01292-477608

Shiskine, Isle Of Arran - Links
This is a rather special 12 hole course overlooking the Mull of Kintyre with many testing short holes. Although only 12 holes, there is bags of character here to make for a good day out. The Course Amateur record is 38.
Holes= 12, Yards=3004, SSS=42
For bookings call 01770-860226

Southerness - Links
Challenging championship links on the Solway Firth designed by MacKenzie Ross. Heather and bracken abound. The SSS of 4 strokes above Par says it all but, if the wind isn't tearing your top off and you can keep to the fairway, it can be a real treat.
Holes= 18, Yards=4701, SSS=66
For bookings call 01387-880323

Stranraer - Parkland
Set on the shores of Lochryan, with scenic views to take your breath away, this course will give all golfers an unforgettable game. This was the final course designed by former Open Champion James Braid. Course Amateur record 66, Professional 67.
Holes= 18, Yards=6308, SSS=72
For bookings call 01776-870245

Thornhill - Parkland
This is a real gem and should be on everyone's list - if not for the views for the quality of the putting surfaces. It's the kind of course to play on a summer's evening with a hazy light over the Nith Valley.
Holes= 18, Yards=6085, SSS=70
For bookings call 01848-330546

West Kilbride - Links
This is an exceptional seaside links overlooking the Firth of Clyde. The wind fairly whistles down the water and every hole is open too it. Some play very close to the beach and there are dykes coming into play. A great location for a course.
Holes= 18, Yards=6452, SSS=71
For bookings call 01294-823911


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