There is so much good golf on Scotland’s West Coast that Western Gailes sometimes get lost in the crowd, which is a shame because it is such a classic links course, featuring pot bunkers, rippling fairways and a routing through the dunes. The fun begins on the second hole which plays from an elevated tee and the view that is presented to the golfer is one of a heather-strewn dogleg hole with hillocks and grassy banks. The third hole features a hidden putting surface on your approach shot. I really liked the 15th hole, a demanding par three that plays toward the water (I hit driver into the wind). The only drawback the course has is that as you make the turn and come back toward the clubhouse there are too many holes that play in the same direction, and with the wind blowing (and O.B. potentially coming into play) it can grind you down. The historic locker room is a real beauty with its dark woods and warm feel. Personally, I would rather play Western Gailes over nearby Troon if in the area.
Date: September 19, 2019