Best golf courses: Ayrshire & Arran

Ayrshire & Arran: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Ayr
Braid, James

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Visitors welcome

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Ayr

Designer

James Braid

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Ayr
Phillips, Kyle

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Visitors welcome

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Ayr

Designer

The short-lived (and never to open) Southern Gailes Golf Club was completely redesigned by Kyle Phillips in 2002, and re-opened as the Dundonald Links in 2005.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Ayr
Park Jr, Willie

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Ayr

Designer

The current course at this location was laid out by Willie Park Jr in 1912.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Ayr
Braid, James

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Nearest city

Ayr

Designer

James Braid

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Ayr
Moone, Theodore

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Ayr

Designer

Theodore Moone

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Weekends restricted
Ayr
Morris, Old Tom

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Ayr

Designer

Old Tom Morris

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Ayr
Hunter & Allen

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Ayr

Designer

Charles Hunter & John Allen

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Ayr
Montgomerie, Colin

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Ayr

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Colin Montgomerie

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Mon, Tues, Thur
Ayr
Fernie, Willie

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Mon, Tues, Thur

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Ayr

Designer

Willie Fernie

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Mon, Tues, Thur
Ayr
Fernie, Willie

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Mon, Tues, Thur

Nearest city

Ayr

Designer

Willie Fernie

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Arran (Isle of)
Fernie, Willie

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Arran (Isle of)

Designer

Willie Fernie, with later substantive changes designed by Willie Park Jr.

5-PLUS: In the world’s elite - has few peers; one of our top-rated 5s!
Visitors welcome
Ayr
Ross, Mackenzie

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Ayr

Designer

Original course at Turnberry laid out by Willie Fernie (1901); later revisions by Major Cecil K. Hutchison (1938). Following WW2, when the course was transformed into an airbase, major renovations and revisions were made by Philip Mackenzie Ross (1945), and more recently by Martin Ebert of Mackenzie & Ebert (2016).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Ayr
Steel & Ebert

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Ayr

Designer

Donald Steel significantly revised and extended the old Arran course to create the new Kintyre layout (2001). The course was then revamped by Martin Ebert of Mackenzie & Ebert (2016) and renamed the King Robert the Bruce course.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Ayr
Unknown

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Unknown

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Ayr
Morris & Braid

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Ayr

Designer

Original 9-hole course laid out by Old Tom Morris (1893). Extended to 18-holes by James Braid (1905).

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Tournaments

Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).

Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24). 

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Who's Who

Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.

Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.

Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.

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