Ayrshire is home to some of
the finest golf courses in Scotland, from testing
championship Links courses to scenic Parks
Turnberry and Royal Troon are the most recognized
golf courses in Ayrshire with them hosting the Open
and Seniors Open.
Old Prestwick is another world renowned Links
course as the first ever Open was played there when
the tournament began in 1860.
Western Gailes and Irvine Golf Club are testing
Links courses in Ayrshire used for Open golf
Other fine Links golf courses in Ayrshire are St
Nicholas/Prestwick, Kilmarnock Barassie/Troon, Gailes
Links/Irvine, West Kilbride/Seamill and Loch Green
Parks golf courses throughout Ayrshire also
attract many visitors. Belleisle on the south side of
Ayr is exceptionally popular with its scenic setting
St Cuthbert at Prestwick and Brunston 16 miles
southeast of Ayr are also popular Ayrshire Parks golf
Other fine Parks golf courses that attract many
visitors in Ayrshire are Ballochmyle, Loudoun,
Annanhill and Largs.
New for 2010 is the Colin Montgomery designed
Rowallan Castle Golf Course. This course is set in
the scenic Rowallan Estate north of Kilmarnock.
Jack Nicklaus has designed a course named
Dalquharran Castle Golf Course. The course will be
situated southeast of Ayr with the Robert Adam
designed Dalquharran Castellated Mansion being
restored to serve as a five star hotel and golf
complex. This project has been put on hold.