Ayrshire & Arran

The Ayrshire Golf Association controls golf to the south west of Glasgow and this administrative body presides over 63 clubs (whose members play on 44 different courses in Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran).

It’s an area with more than its fair share of big time, championship golf courses, including two Open venues – the Old course at Royal Troon and the Ailsa at Turnberry – as well as venerable old layouts at Prestwick and Western Gailes.

The Isle of Arran lies just off Scotland’s west coast and its seven old-fashioned courses – one of which is the quirky, 12-hole Shiskine links – are all worth visiting. The purchase of an Arran Golf Pass allows golfers to play every course on the island at a price of just over £1 a hole which represents terrific value for money.

Our Ayrshire & Arran Best in Region rankings were last updated in July 2015. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Ayrshire & Arran

Trump Turnberry (Ailsa)

1st Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area

The Ailsa course at the Turnberry Resort is probably the most scenic Open Championship golf course. Located right next to the Firth of Clyde, with craggy rocks and superb views across to the Mull of Kintyre...

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Royal Troon (Old)

2nd Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area

Royal Troon is a traditional out and back links course. On a clear day, you can see the distant Ailsa Craig in the south, and to the west, the majestic mountains on the Isle of Arran.

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Prestwick

3rd Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area

The course at Prestwick Golf Club is a traditional monument, an authentic affair with a layout of holes that snake to and fro through rugged dunes and rippled fairways.

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Western Gailes

4th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area

The holes at Western Gailes Golf Club are wonderfully varied. The fairways undulate gently, interrupted occasionally by three meandering burns...

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Dundonald

5th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area

Owned by Loch Lomond Golf Club, Dundonald is their newest addition. Kyle Phillips designed this natural links course and it's destined for life in the Top 100.

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Glasgow (Gailes Links)

6th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area

Glasgow Gailes Links is a classic golf course. “The turf is something softer – at least in my imagination – than that of the East Coast courses,” wrote Darwin, “and the greens are wonderfully green and velvety.”

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Irvine

7th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area

Irvine Golf Club represents a tough test of golf. It's a classic traditional links course and plays host to Open Championship Final Qualifying...

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Trump Turnberry (Kintyre)

8th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area

The exhilarating Kintyre course re-opened for play in 2001. This Donald Steel layout is a complete redesign of Turnberry’s old Arran course.

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Kilmarnock (Barassie)

9th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area

Kilmarnock (Barassie) is a classic golf links, used for Open Championship Final Qualifying when the Open comes to the Ayrshire coast.

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West Kilbride

10th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area

West Kilbride Golf Club really gets the pulse racing around the turn with a nice loop of holes.

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