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 on Solway (SN) and all have high “joy to be alive” factors, as does Machrihanish *(Mh) and Machrihanish Dunes (MhD) on Kintyre, The Machrie (M) on Islay, and the new Dundonald Links (Dund) which used to be called Southern Gailes. The Troon Municipals (TM) are also fine.

Gailes Links (GG) is an Open Championship final qualifying course and Powfoot *(Pow) by the Solway shore is a smaller fine course, both having heathland characteristics.¬† Lanark (Lan) is one of the world’s finest moorland courses.

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.

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

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