Review for Western Gailes

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£85 twilight rate as a visitor was well worth it to play this magnificent links. Aesthetically (for lovers of links golf) this place is pretty hard to beat with its traditional layout of superb holes sandwiched between the railway and the sea. Henry the starter is a true gent and has many fun stories about all the greats of the game (banter with Rory when he drove the 1st into the wind with a ridiculous stinger 3 wood shot etc.). Holes 6 and 7 are ‘out of this world’. Double breaking par 5 with a green partially hidden into a dune and then one of the best par 3’s you could ever wish to play. Just go and play it as my words won’t do it justice. The 17th is a lovely par 4 and very challenging with a marker post the beacon for a challenging 2nd over some trouble. Most fun you can have playing links golf I think. Just pipped to the post by Turnberry Ailsa and Royal Troon as they have the ‘open factor’ but ahead of Prestwick old IMHO. 5.5 stars so rounding up to 6!

Date: June 15, 2013

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