Gailes Links

Gailes is a traditional, classic links on the west coast of Scotland – in an area full of links golf. The golf course is renowned for the extensive gorse and heather that line the fairways as well as quality greens. Keeping the ball in the middle of the fairway is crucial here. The current course layout, other than for some additional length, is as envisaged by Willie Park Jnr when he re-designed the layout in 1912.

Fairways are undulating but overall the course is relatively flat. Don't be lulled into thinking this is an easy option from the lack of height. Links courses are full of humps and bumps that affect your shots. Gailes has a reputation as a testing golf course and has hosted a wide variety of amateur and professional tournaments including the Scottish PGA Championship.

Sandy Lyle has described Gailes Links as "one of the world's truly great tests of links golf". Following a change by the R&A in Open Qualifying, for 4 years from 2014 Gailes is a final qualifying venue for the Open Championship – the only course in Scotland to be included. It had regularly featured as a Final Qualifying course when the Open was held at either Royal Troon or Turnberry.

Gailes Links was previously known as Glasgow Gailes – having started life in 1892 as the coastal course of Glasgow Golf Club, the 9th oldest golf club in the world, when its Glasgow venue of Alexandra Park was becoming too crowded. The links quickly became so popular with golfers that the club negotiated for its own railway station on the Glasgow to Ayr line – the station was opened in 1894.

Address:
Gailes Links Golf Course
Gailes Road
Irvine
Ayrshire
KA11 5AE
Telephone:
0141 942 2011
Pro shop:
01294 311561
Email:
bookings@gaileslinks.co.uk
Costs (2019):
Weekday round: £100.00
Weekday day ticket: £150.00
Weekend round: £100.00
Restrictions:
Handicap certificate required: No
Golf pass:

The Gailes Golf Experience is a 3 course package for Western Gailes, Gailes Links and Dundonald which can offer savings on the green fees if you play all 3 links.

Airport driving times*

* For guidance only - all timings are traffic dependent.

Options we suggest:

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  • Annanhill

    Parkland, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Kilmarnock
    Weekday green fee*:
    £20.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    5954 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 69
    Type:
    Parkland
  • Ardeer

    Parkland, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Stevenston
    Weekday green fee*:
    £25.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6424 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 71
    Type:
    Parkland
  • Barassie Links

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £75.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6852 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 74
    Type:
    Links
  • Caprington

    Parkland, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Kilmarnock
    Weekday green fee*:
    £20.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    5810 yards
    Par/SSS:
    68 / 68
    Type:
    Parkland
  • Darley

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £30.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6308 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 72
    Type:
    Links
  • Dundonald

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Gailes
    Weekday green fee*:
    £130.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    7100 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 74
    Type:
    Links
  • Fullarton

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £25.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    4867 yards
    Par/SSS:
    64 / 64
    Type:
    Links
  • Gailes Golf Leisure

    Heathland, 9 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Irvine
    Weekday green fee*:
    £18.00
    Holes:
    9
    Length:
    4445 yards
    Par/SSS:
    66 / 62
    Type:
    Heathland
  • Hillhouse Course

    Links, 9 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £30.00
    Holes:
    9
    Length:
    5512 yards
    Par/SSS:
    68 / 68
    Type:
    Links
  • Irvine

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Irvine
    Weekday green fee*:
    £60.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6415 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 72
    Type:
    Links
  • Lochgreen

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £35.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6822 yards
    Par/SSS:
    74 / 73
    Type:
    Links
  • Prestwick

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Prestwick
    Weekday green fee*:
    £195.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6908 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 74
    Type:
    Links
  • Prestwick St Cuthbert

    Inland, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Prestwick
    Weekday green fee*:
    £38.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6356 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 71
    Type:
    Inland
  • Prestwick St Nicholas

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Prestwick
    Weekday green fee*:
    £80.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6044 yards
    Par/SSS:
    69 / 69
    Type:
    Links
  • Ravenspark

    Parkland, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Irvine
    Weekday green fee*:
    £22.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6367 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 71
    Type:
    Parkland
  • Royal Troon, Old Course

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £250.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6632 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 73
    Type:
    Links
  • Region:
    West
    Town:
    Troon
    Weekday green fee*:
    £85.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6349 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 71
    Type:
    Links
  • Western Gailes

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Irvine
    Weekday green fee*:
    £175.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    7014 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 75
    Type:
    Links