The more links golf I play, the more I like courses like this. They are one of a kind and simply not made anymore. The start and finish (1-3, 16-18) on the clubhouse side of Maryborough Road are the quirkiest and most dramatic. However, the other holes (4-15) provide both variety and solid quality golf and round the cocktail off well. The challenge of two 450-yard plus par 4s like Coila (7) and Tam Jack’s (13) with fairly straightforward green sites are balanced by two short ones like Bellrock (6) and Kingcase (15), where you can easily have little chance of par after an ill-judged tee shot. Let others dismiss the par of 69, their loss!
Not an obvious choice for a
first-time visitor, but I believe the best golf trips are the most varied ones.
Therefore, my recommendation is to combine a longer heather-framed course
(Glasgow Gailes, Kilmarnock Barassie or Dundonald) with a quirky, undulated
course like this one or Western Gailes, or if available and within your budget,
Old Prestwick itself.
One last thing: watch out where you park your car, if you drive here. A sliced tee shot on the last long par 3 (227 yards) can easily find its way into the car park and then you do not want your car to be first in line....
Date: August 31, 2019