Western Gailes

Western Gailes has undulating terrain, finely contoured greens, classic deep links rough, punishing pot bunkers and even meandering burns but has very few blind shots – so while an exacting layout it is considered to be a fair test of links golf. Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 US Open Champion, said of Western Gailes "beautiful holes on great land make it endlessly interesting and challenging".

The links are never more than two holes wide on a strip of land sitting between the sea and the railway line. However the golf course is not a straight out and back layout as the clubhouse actually sits towards the centre point of the links. It is holes 5 to 13 that run in a line down the coast with dunes to the right.

Western Gailes Golf Club was founded in 1897. Initially the golf course was allowed to develop naturally from the terrain shaped by the ravages of nature. There have been some necessary modifications over the years but nature still remains the major force in the current layout. Well, apart from the testing placement of numerous bunkers!

Many of the greens are cleverly located within the contours of the dunes. As with all the golf courses along this stretch of the Scottish west coast the wind coming in off the sea can be a major factor in how challenging the course may play.

Prior to recent R&A changes to Open qualifying, Western Gailes regularly featured as a Final Qualifying venue for the Open Championship when played at both Royal Troon and Turnberry. The links have also hosted the Curtis Cup and eight Scottish Amateur Championships.

This is a course that impresses on arrival and will produce a memorable day of golf.

If playing mid-week the green fee includes lunch in the clubhouse – this is a lovely experience in a room with beautiful views across the course, so do consider planning your tee-time to take full advantage of a leisurely lunch in the club dining room.

Address:
Western Gailes Golf Club
Gailes
Irvine
Ayrshire
KA11 5AE
Telephone:
01294 311649
Email:
enquiries@westerngailes.com
Costs (2019):
Weekday round: £175.00
Weekday day ticket: £230.00
Weekend round: £175.00
Deposit terms: 50%
Trolley hire: £5.00
Buggy hire: £40.00
Caddy hire: £45.00
Restrictions:
Handicap certificate required: No
Buggy restrictions:
Buggies are only available to golfers who would otherwise be medically impaired from completing 18 holes. Golfers must have a caddie to drive the buggy.
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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Gailes Links

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Irvine
    Weekday green fee*:
    £100.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6903 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 74
    Type:
    Links
  • 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
  • Ravenspark

    Parkland, 18 holes

    Region:
    West
    Town:
    Irvine
    Weekday green fee*:
    £22.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6367 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 71
    Type:
    Parkland
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    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