South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire is a county covering the southern part of Ayrshire and lies on the western coast of Scotland. South Ayrshire's population is mostly concentrated in and around the coastal towns of Ayr, Prestwick and Troon. South Ayrshire has a distinctive appeal to visitors - long sandy beaches, rolling countryside, market towns and rural villages and a rich built and cultural heritage of unrivalled golf courses.

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Silver
Played on: 8 September 2021
Review date: 9 September 2021
Handicap: 17.7
The Links at Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club

Nice links course in the shadow of Prestwick Old Course. Greens fantastic but course layout not my favourite.

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Steel
Played on: 26 June 2021
Review date: 28 June 2021
Handicap: 18.0
Darley Course

Having looked forward to playing this so much the actual gap between expectation and reality was pretty significant. The greens are immaculate and the course is undeniably challenging at all levels. However, the fairways are cratered with divots, rabbit damage and the gorse probably needed a trim back somewhere around 2019! To be fair, they seem to be underway with a lo…

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Bronze
Review date: 4 March 2021
Handicap: 2.0
Prestwick Course

There seems to be a tendency among golf course reviewers to approach their evaluation from an almost scientific standpoint - ranking different aspects of the experience individually, as if the whole was only the sum of its parts. For anyone with a passion for links golf and an eye for details however, Prestwick is the course that has the power to expose such ratings atte…

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Bronze
Review date: 8 February 2021
Handicap: 18.0
Ailsa Course - Open Championship Venue
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King Robert the Bruce Course

Stunning golf course and not bad views either. My advice, as always but more relevant here, is stay on the fairways otherwise very unforgiving.

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Gold
Review date: 28 December 2020
Handicap: 5.0
Ailsa Course - Open Championship Venue
Arran Course
King Robert the Bruce Course
Pitch & Putt Course

AILSA is my favorite golf course and will always be it. The stretch from 4th to 13th hole with the 9th hole and halfway house run along the sea and offer fantastic views.

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Steel
Played on: 17 October 2020
Review date: 5 February 2021
Handicap: 0.1
Ailsa Course - Open Championship Venue
King Robert the Bruce Course

Fantastic golf course and really well stocked Pro-shop and top notch practice facilities. The new changes to the Ailsa have enhanced an already amazing golf course.

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Ambassador
Review date: 25 September 2020
Handicap: 0.9
Old Course

Jag har betat av åtta av British Open-banorna och detta är helt klart topp 3 tuffaste. Redan när du kliver ur bilen känner du att du kommit till en The Open-bana. Rangen ligger långt bort som fan och i restaurangen kan du få de där äckliga mackorna i par med dagens soppa. Med andra ord är allt precis som det ska. Bästa hålen? Postage Stamp (8) är riktigt coolt. Svårast…

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Ambassador
Review date: 25 September 2020
Handicap: 0.8
Ailsa Course - Open Championship Venue

En av de både vackraste och roligaste banor jag spelat. Hela resorten är uppfräschad efter att Trump tog över - man kan gilla eller ogilla det i sig. Men oavsett är Turnberry återigen en av världens absolut bästa banor.

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Played on: 6 August 2020
Review date: 24 August 2020
Handicap: 12.5
Ailsa Course - Open Championship Venue
Pitch & Putt Course

Turnberry is expensive. And you might not like the owner. But the golf course is one of the best in the world. Everything feels big at Turnberry. This is a big boys golf course. And everything is manicured to perfection. I was also very impressed how beautiful the place is. There is a public walk to the Turnberry lighthouse. A lot of non-golfers make use of it and enjoy…

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Played on: 5 August 2020
Review date: 24 August 2020
Handicap: 12.5
Prestwick Course

The birthplace of the open. Make sure to also visit the historic Red Lion pub and Old Tom Morris' house next door (a pharmacy now) when you visit Prestwick. You will need to wear a jacket&tie in the clubhouse usually. Not at the moment though due to Covid. Make sure to check out the historic dining room and smoke room. It's a special place with lots of history on displa…

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Play golf in South Ayrshire

On Wednesday 17 October 1860 a small group of like-minded golfers made their way towards the sandhills of Prestwick… Little did they know, they were about to make history! The first Open Championship was played on that day at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland, over three rounds of the twelve-hole links course. South Ayrshire offers many other well-known and historic golf courses in addition to the already mentioned Prestwick Golf Club: Royal Troon Golf Club, Trump Turnberry Resort, Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club and Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club. Make sure to play these South Ayrshire golf courses when visiting the area! The climate in South Ayrshire - typical of that in Western Scotland - is milder than that of Eastern Scotland due to the stronger maritime influence. The prevailing winds blow from the sea into South Ayrshire and the warm Gulf Stream also has a strong influence on Western Scotland. The nearest airport to South Ayrshire is Glasgow Prestwick International Airport (PIK), which is primarily a destination for low-cost airlines. Prestwick Airport can be reached directly from European cities including Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Oslo, Paris, Rome and Stockholm. The airport has its own railway station, with direct links to Glasgow Central Station (a 45-minute journey) and to Ayr (7 minutes).
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