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The southwest region lies to the south of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. Glasgow has transformed into an exciting, bustling city, full of character and famous for its hospitable citizens. Ayrshire, just 30 minutes from the city, was the home of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns but has a growing reputation for its exceptional golf courses. It has 5 of the UK’s top 100 courses and 3 Open Championship venues, Prestwick, Turnberry and the venue for the 2016 Open Championship, Royal Troon.
Glasgow has transformed itself from Scotland’s industrial capital to accolades such as, one of the top 20 'Best of the World' destinations for 2016 by influential publication National Geographic Traveler and ‘friendliest city in the world’ in a Rough Guides poll. You’ll find world-class architecture, a vibrant nightlife and the warmest of welcomes. Just 30 minutes south of Glasgow is the county of Ayrshire, famous for the poet Robert Burns. The area has many historical buildings and landmarks made famous by Burns but more recently it’s the area’s golf courses that are catching people’s attention. The 2016 Open Championship is returning to Royal Troon and very nearby is the birthplace of The Open Championship, Prestwick, where Willie Park Jr. won the very first Open Championship in 1860. A little further down that coast is the magnificent Turnberry hotel and golf courses, site of the famous ‘Duel in the Sun’ in 1977 when Tom Watson held off Jack Nicklaus to lift the Claret Jug. Turnberry has undergone exciting renovations to both the Ailsa Course and the hotel, which is certain to make it one of the most spectacular hotel and golf course venues in the world.
Birthplace to the British Open, the history of Prestwick Golf Club stretched back over 160 years to a time when golf was in its infancy. In 1851, a group of 57 enthusiastic members, who met regularly at the Red Lion Inn, made the momentous decision to form a golf club, purchasing two cottages opposite the tavern. The first cottage would become the members' clubhouse whilse the other was gifted to the club's Keeper of the Green, Old Tom Morris, who laid out the original 12 hole links course. Prestwick Golf Club presided over the first 12 British Open Championships, which was originally held jointly by The R&A and The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Since then, Prestwick has hosted 24 Open Championships with the last coming in 1925. Only the Old Course at St Andrews has hosted more Open Championships than Prestwick.
Royal Troon Golf Club
Site of the 2016 British Open Championship and part of the Open Championship rota, the Old Course at Royal Troon is one of the greatest links courses in Scotland and offers a challenging test of all golfing abilities. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing wind from the northwest can make the back nine extremely difficult.
The Ailsa course is a highly respected golf destination, which has hosted the Open Championship four times, including the 1977 Duel in the Sun. A Bucket List golf course, golfers from across the globe travel to tee off on these famous links. Set against the most magnificent coastal backdrop and the iconic Turnberry lighthouse, the Ailsa is one of the world's best golfing experiences. Following recent investment in the resort by new owners The Trump Organization, acclaimed golf architect Martin Ebert was commissioned to make significant changes to the course, including key changes to holes including 9, 10, 11 and 18 that will make this famous golf course even more impressive.
Regarded by many as the hidden gem of Scottish links, Western Gails is a course that should be on every golfer's "must play" list. The club dates its history back to 1897 and offers golfers a blend of the traditional and modern. The course presents a fair challenge with very few "blind" shots. The architect has used the natural contours of the land but has also been severe in the placement of bunkers. Major hazards include the beach to the west of the course, the railway line to the east, three burns and a testing breeze off the Firth of Clyde.