Top 20 Golf Courses in Ayrshire & Arran 2015

Top 20 Golf Courses in Ayrshire & Arran 2015

Ayrshire & Arran Best in Region rankings updated

Prestwick Golf Club - photo by Mark AlexanderBirthplace of the Open Championship at Prestwick in 1860, Ayrshire & Arran is obviously one of the most historically significant regions in the golfing world. The Open has been held thirty-six times in this area, and it’s set to return next year to Royal Troon, when the competition will be held on the Old course for the 9th time.

With the Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry currently undergoing major improvement work under the watchful eyes of architects Tom Mackenzie and Martin Ebert, it surely can’t be too long before the world’s most prestigious tournament will return yet again to the Ayrshire coast.

This trio of world famous courses occupy the top three positions of our newly updated Best in Region rankings for Ayrshire & Arran and all three courses retain the same position as last time. Indeed, the top six spots in our latest table all remain the same, which might appear a little boring to some, but we think it’s a sign that we might just be getting things right with the rankings!

The modern links at Dundonald (tipped by many to host a Scottish Open in the very near future) appears at number 5 in the listings and this highly acclaimed Kyle Phillips design is sandwiched between the fabulous old 18-hole links layouts at Western Gailes and Glasgow Golf Club’s Gailes Links, both of which date back to the 1890s.

There are no spectacular climbers or fallers in our new chart, though mention should be made of several courses, all of which rise a modest two places to their current positions.

Irvine Golf ClubThe former Open Qualifying track at Irvine, which James Braid extensively upgraded in 1926, makes a commendable move up to number 7. The Portland course at Royal Troon, currently involved in a bunker refurbishment program, becomes our new number 13 and it’s immediately followed at number 14 by Largs, one of the few parkland courses in our chart.

We’re very grateful to all the club champions and professionals in this region who contributed to our re-ranking process. To view more details of the courses in our Ayrshire & Arran Top 20 rankings, click this link. If you’ve played extensively across this region and would like to help shape the next edition of the chart then please drop Editor-in-Chief Keith Baxter an email at [email protected]. We don’t publish definitive golf course rankings but we like to think they’re the most informed.

Jim McCann
Editor
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