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Ayrshire is home to some of the finest Golf Courses in Scotland, from testing Championship Links Courses to scenic Parks Courses, with the parks courses being less expensive and easier to play.

Turnberry and Royal Troon are the most recognized Golf Courses in Ayrshire with them hosting the Open and Seniors Open. Turnberry image below from the 2009 open where Cink beat Watson in a playoff.

Tunberry Golf Club

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 qualifying.

Other fine Links Golf Courses in Ayrshire are St Nicholas/Prestwick, Kilmarnock Barassie/Troon, Gailes Links/Irvine, West Kilbride/Seamill.

Darley in Troon is inexpensive and a real tough Links test with narrow fairways and gorse.

Parks Golf Courses throughout Ayrshire also attract many visitors. Belleisle on the south side of Ayr seen below is exceptionally popular with its scenic setting and location.


St Cuthbert at Prestwick and Ballochmyle 13 miles northeast of Ayr are also popular Ayrshire Parks Golf Courses.

Other fine Parks Golf Courses that attract many visitors in Ayrshire are, Loudoun, Annanhill, and Largs.

The Colin Montgomery designed Rowallan Castle Golf Course opened in 2010. 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.

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