Episode 1 from ‘The Golf Club’ series comes to you from the magnificent Western Gailes on Ayrshire’s famous links coastline in the West of Scotland.
Scotland, Where Golf Began
The course really grasps your attention as you make the first turn for a magnificent nine-hole stretch from the 5th which runs right along the coast. The tees afford sensational views across the water – if you’re lucky – to the Isle of Arran and the granite behemoth that is Ailsa Craig. There is no out of bounds to the right. The beach, alive with dog walkers and day trippers, is very much in play. The first three of these holes neatly encapsulate everything that Western Gailes Golf Club is about. Yes, it’s tough and demanding, but above all, it’s huge fun.
The wandering golfers
I love Western Gailes. I love the slim piece of natural land on which it sits and the subtle angles of the dog legs that demand accurate tee shots. Above all I love, and I’d guess all us golfers would say the same, the true nature of links golf which is provided by Western Gailes – one of the game’s hidden jewels.
Mark Nicholas, 2013 – Sports Commentator
Geoff Ogilvy, 2006 – US Open Champion
The course plays hard and fast but the clubhouse should be enjoyed at a leisurely pace with good company and a few libations.
Anita Draycott, 2012 – Golf Journalist
Paul Kelly, 2013 – Golf Journalist
The consensus was that your club, Staff and course provided the best overall golfing experience of the week. From our arrival at the clubhouse, we were greeted by your very friendly staff whom went out of their way to make our visit a memorable experience…we fully intend to return soon if the wives permit!
Simon Banks, 2013 – UK Golf Tourist
David Livingstone – Sky Sports Golf