Dundonald - Ayrshire & Arran - Scotland

Dundonald Links,
Ayr Road,
Gailes,
Irvine,
KA11 5BF,
Scotland


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Dundonald Links originally set out to be part of a golf and residential complex called Southern Gailes but when that didn’t happen, Loch Lomond Golf Club stepped in to snap up the course for its members in 2003, commissioning Kyle Phillips to put the finishing touches to the design. Dundonald Links European Tour First Qualifying Stage Sept 2010 - photo by Doug

Dundonald translates to “Fort Donald” and fortifications have been located near here dating as far back as 200 BC. A golf course existed on the site in the 1900s but this was later turned into a military station named Dundonald Camp. It was here that D-Day landings were rehearsed during the Second World War.

Lying next to the long established courses of Kilmarnock Barassie, Glasgow Gailes and Western Gailes, Dundonald is obviously situated in prime golfing country. The course yardage can vary from 6,415 to 7,300 yards so it can be played as a comfortable member course or as a championship venue.

Only opened in 2005, Dundonald has since proved to be a links of some repute and was the proud host venue for the 2017 Scottish Open, which Rafa Cabrera-Bello won in a play-off. If you like the pampering that goes with golf at the top tracks then this is the place to enjoy such millionaire’s golf for a relatively modest green fee.

The Dundonald experience begins at the gatehouse when the security man lifts the barrier to let you in – everyone from then on seem to know your name. It’s a mirror of the treatment you get at Loch Lomond, but the course here on the Ayrshire coast is a true links layout and the polar opposite of the private layout on the shores of the famous loch.

In 2019 Loch Lomond Golf Club sold Dundonald Links for £4.5 million to Darwin Leisure. The new owners intend to build a clubhouse and will continue to allow playing rights for Loch Lomond members at the links.

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Description: Dundonald Links originally set out to be part of a golf and residential complex called Southern Gailes but when that didn’t happen, Loch Lomond Golf Club bought the course in 2003 and commissioned Kyle Phillips to finish the design. Rating: 7.8 out of 10 Reviews: 44
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Lee Abbey
I can imagine that in three years or so this course will be awesome. At the moment you get a glimpse of how good it is going to be and it's obviously been built with an eye on getting a serious tournament here. The design does have a Kingsbarns feel to it but with none of the aethestic immediacy of that course. It's a tough course from any tee and I'd advice you to play from the yellow equivalent unless you're feeling particular on top of your game. Par threes are a standout - all were good and a couple were excellent. I'd love to come back and play it in a few years when it's properly finished but this course is certainly destined for a Top 100 place.
April 11, 2006
6 / 10
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Darren
What a course! I had the pleasure of playing here last week (March 2006). It was the first high specification modern golf course I have played, and oh yes, I liked it! Make no mistakes, this course has been built to host tour events. Large banks either side of the fairways essentially make each hole private, and you can imagine how the crowds will line the tops of them. The pro allowed us to play off the gold tee’s, so we experienced all 7300 yards of the monster. I was way over my handicap (I play off 5), but loved every minute. A clever design that will be used in years to come. And I’ll be able to say “yep, I played off that same tee that Tiger Woods is now hitting off”. Though his approach shot will be somewhat shorter no doubt.
March 31, 2006
10 / 10
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William Stewart
THIS IS A FANTASTIC NEW COURSE AND I THINK IT IS A BETTER LAY OUT THAN KINGSBARNS.TO ENJOY THE COURSE AT ITS BEST I RECOMMEND YOU PLAY OFF THE TEES THAT SUIT YOUR GAME AT 7300 YARDS OFF THE TIPS IT IS A MONSTER FOR MOST PLAYERS. THERE ARE 4 SETS OF TEES AND THEY ALL BRING THE HAZARDS INTO PLAY. I HAVE PLAYED A LOT OF GOOD COURSES THIS YEAR AND RATE DONDONALD WITH THE BEST OF THESE.
November 09, 2005
8 / 10
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What a great addition to the more famous names along this cracking stretch of Scottish coastline. Dundonald is a monster, especially when the wind blows and with deep pot bunkers and many a burn, scoring can be tough. This is one of the most strategic links courses I’ve come across so you need your thinking cap on. Some brilliant holes, but the par 3s are the best and the 11th is a cracker. It’s only a flick at a little more than 100 yards but it’s hard to get your par here. It’s no wonder this hole is being compared alongside Royal Troon’s famous Postage Stamp. Quality through and through.
November 03, 2005
8 / 10
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