Kilmarnock (Barassie) - Ayrshire & Arran - Scotland

Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club,
29 Hillhouse Road,
Barassie,
Ayrshire,
KA10 6SY,
Scotland


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Troon and Prestwick – Old and “classy” Bogside, Dundonald, Gailes, Barassie. Prestwick St Nicholas, Western Gailes, St Cuthbert, Portland – memory fails – Troon Municipal (three links there) Prestwick Municipal, Irvine, Ayr. They faced the list with delighted smiles – Sixteen courses within ten miles.

“A prodigious assemblage of courses,” wrote Bernard Darwin in, The Golf Courses of the British Isles, as he recounted them pell-mell as they came into his head. “As one approaches Prestwick, the train seems to be voyaging through one endless and continuous golf course.” It's true, there's a galaxy of excellent links courses on this relatively small stretch of Ayrshire coastline. Kilmarnock Barassie is one of the least well known, but it's one of the best.

Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club is located a couple of miles north of Troon, directly opposite the Barassie railway station. The club was founded in 1887, but the club's original site at Holmes Farm was also shared with cattle, so a more suitable 123-acre, animal-free site was secured near the station in 1894. The first course at Barassie was laid out by John Allan, the professional at St Nicholas.

The original course, despite a few in-house changes since it was first laid out in 1894, was becoming outdated and too short for steel-shafted clubs and more resilient balls, so Mathew M. Monie (aka "Theodore Moone") was called in to ring the changes in 1931. The Barassie reconstruction would take fours years to complete.

The following paragraph is an extract from The Jubilee brochure - The Story of Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club 1887 - 1937.

"From 1932 till 1935 major reconstructive operations were carried out under the supervision of Professor R.H. Leitch, the green convener. The design of the course was strengthened and new features added with intent to abolish humdrum and heighten the interest of certain holes. Nature having conceived it her duty to make Barassie flat, the golf architect resolved that at least it should not be monotonous, even to the eye, and as the understudy of Nature he created minature mountains and valleys - not solely for the purpose of providing new golf hazards but also to delight and refresh the eye. A feeling for beauty co-operated happily with art and science in the re-conditioning of Barassie."

More recently, the club added nine new holes. These new holes, and nine from the original layout, now form the Barassie course, which is used for Open Championship Final Qualifying. The spare 9-hole course is now called the Hillhouse. Confused? Well there's only one thing for it, you'll need to play all 27 holes and you can do this in a number of ways, but we won't go into it here.

The Barassie is now a serious test, which measures in at 6,817 yards from the medal tees against a par of 72. The SSS of 74 tells its own story. Rebecca Hudson won the Ladies' British Amateur Stroke Play Championship here in 2001. Her score - 300 strokes over the four rounds - turned out to be the highest winning score since 1988. This course is indeed a tough cookie and you'll need a full repertoire of shots to play to handicap.

This classic links course has everything - great conditioning, humps, hollows, undulations, blind shots, lightning fast greens and, above all, a great atmosphere. Whatever you do, don't rush past Kilmarnock (Barassie) on your way to play Royal Troon. Play here beforehand. You won't be disappointed.

Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club hosted The Boys Amateur Championship in 2010 and then the club initiated a programme of course changes in preparation for the 2012 Scottish Stroke Play Championship. Click here for more details.

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Description: Kilmarnock (Barassie) is a classic golf links, used for Open Championship Final Qualifying when the Open comes to the Ayrshire coast. Rating: 6.9 out of 10 Reviews: 17
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daniel gorman
Apart from this course being a final Open qualifier on numerous occasions it shoud be noted that it is one of(if not the) best golfing "facilities" in the UK. It has 27 holes all of championship standard as all 27 have been used for the Open qualifying. I have played all teh courses aroound Troon and in my view this represesnts the best for golfing experience. In addition the catering facilities are renouned. All in all perhaps the best there is.
December 06, 2010
10 / 10
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Steven Najdzionek
I have played golf at Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club for nearly twenty years and as a British Open Final Qualifying Course, it richly deserves this prestigious privilege. A true links course which plays different every time you play it, particularly with the constant changes in the weather and wind in this region. A truly tough test that requires the golfer to think his way around the course. Phenomenal conditions, great layout and design, and a challenge all the way around the course. All that a golfer will want from a great golf course.
August 13, 2009
10 / 10
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colin
I know this course well, and have seen it change over the years, especially with the addition of a new nine holes. This extension, to my mind, was a mistake. Firstly ,the existing 18 was, while short by modern standards, a very playable, sporty layout. The new nine has added a lot of length. This was necessary if K(B) was to keep Open qualifying. However, the egos of the committee at the time overcame them, and with a lowest handicap of 13, they designed the new nine themselves. The flaws are obvious - particularly unnatural moundings, too many sharp dog-legs, and the 6th is awful, with too much luck involved, especially down-wind. Some of the worst excesses have been modified, ensuring the course is improving, and it is usually in very good condition. The club is very friendly with a good reputation for producing great junior golfers, and it is a decent test. Worth playing if your in the area, but probably not worth going out of your way for.
October 30, 2007
4 / 10
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Peter
An honest Scottish links course. This course leaves me with little to say. Some of the holes are exceptional, although the majority are mainstream. It left me looking on to the neighbouring Dundonald and marvelling at the severity of some of the features in the distance. Remaining critical I would say the biggest fault is the long, long, long walks between some of the greens and tees. All of that said, it is a great introduction to the quality end of links golf at a decent price, and more importantly (to me at least) the staff and clubhouse where very welcoming and friendly. Certainly no Turnberry, but still a very good course and certainly worthy of a place in the top 200.
August 20, 2005
8 / 10
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Jim McCann

I played in a four ball in November 2002 when the revised course layout had just been put in place. A new locker room had just been installed in the freshly decorated clubhouse and, all in all, the facilities off course were very good.

The course retained puddles of water in places, though it had been raining heavily for days (if not weeks, as I remember!) beforehand. The club had undertaken an awful lot of quality bank reinforcing work to the burn that meanders across the 4th, 5th and 6th holes.

Seventeen regular greens were in play so we got good value for a half price winter green fee. The only real surprise feature on the course was the large gorse patch in an undulation to the right of the short par 4 16th hole which caught three of our party out. A fair test of golf over a decent course.

Jim McCann

January 24, 2005
6 / 10
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Jim Robertson
A glorious late autumn day on this superb course. The new 9 holes blend in seamlessly and the whole experience equals anything on this coast (including Turnberry). The trees, undulations and burns add to the classic links terrain and every hole is both challenging and interesting. Stand out holes include 2, 3, 4, 6, 17 and 18. Highly recommended!!
October 31, 2004
8 / 10
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D Wilson
Kilmarnock (Barassie) is a fine example of a Scottish Links combining deep bunkers with large undulating greens and doglegs. Heather abounds and therefore accuracy is everything.The course offers 27 holes all of equal standard and the 27-hole package represents excellent value and good variation of holes. The course is flat and therefore not overtiring. Buggies are available for hire from the professional.Full Clubhouse facilities available, the catering is easily the best in the west.Well worth a visit!!
October 14, 2004
8 / 10
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