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Southwest

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.

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