Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Turberry from the tips

On Friday 21st of October, for the very first time, play the reborn Ailsa Championship course from the tips.

Take the opportunity to be part of Trump Turnberry history in this exciting tournament and be one of the first to play from the Championship tees. Experience the Ailsa course following its redesign by renowned architect, Martin Ebert and play a breathtaking stretch of coastal holes unrivalled anywhere else in the world of golf.

Priced at just £189 per person, coffee and bacon rolls will be served in the clubhouse before you tee off, with the competition run as stableford.

Afterwards, a wonderful buffet lunch will be served in the clubhouse for all participants.

To reserve your teetime, please call 01655 334 032 or email teetimes@trumpturnberry.com

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Our new promotional video

Ayrshire Golf Scotland, Birthplace of The Open, proudly presents our new regional promotional golf video.
We hope you enjoy and think about visiting us soon on your next golf trip.



Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Golfing town of Prestwick

Prestwick is of course the Birthplace of The Open and is one of the hot spots in Ayrshire to stay on a golf trip.
Prestwick offers three great golf courses, great places to eat out and accommodation perfect for golfers.

Where to Play....

But first we start with the courses and the most famous of them all, Prestwick Golf Club.
The Club extends a warm welcome to all golfers from around the world wishing to come and enjoy this testing traditional Links. One of the oldest golf clubs in the world, Prestwick Golf Club inaugurated the first Open Championship in 1860. The winner was Willie Park from Musselburgh with a score of 174 for 36 Holes, two shots clear of Tom Morris the Keeper of Prestwick’s green.
Prestwick was home for the first 11 Championships and then held it jointly with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St.Andrews and with The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Prestwick's 24th and last Championship was in 1925 when Jim Barnes from the USA won. Only the Old Course at St Andrews has now hosted more Open Championships than Prestwick.


Prestwick Golf Club is a relaxed and friendly club that enjoys welcoming golfers from all around the world. Visitors are encouraged to use their temporary membership to its full capacity, and enjoy the full lunch in the historic Dining Room or a snack in the relaxed Cardinal Room.

www.prestwickgc.co.uk



Next up on the list is Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club.
A warm welcome awaits you at Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club, a traditional Scottish links golf course established in 1851 and now occupying a prime position on the shores of the Firth of Clyde on Scotland’s west coast.
The course and Club are steeped in history – indeed one of its founder members was Old Tom Morris who was based in Prestwick prior to returning to St Andrews and his place in golfing legend.

The splendid clubhouse sits yards from the shoreline which is lapped by waters warmed by the Gulf Stream and the manicured course offers year round golf on a firm and generally frost-free footing.

Testing your golfing skills on these fine links and enjoying our dining and bar facilities as the sun sets over Arran, with Ailsa Craig in the distance, are experiences not to be missed.

www.prestwickstnicholas.com


The third course in Prestwick lies inland, Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club was
originally located a mile or so to the north, Prestwick St. Cuthbert Golf Club removed to their existing course in 1963 to make way for the development of Prestwick Airport.

Giving the J.R. Stutt designed course an auspicious opening was an exhibition match between John Panton, Eric Brown, Dai Rees and Peter Alliss - a truly wonderful fourball.

Since then a lot has happened to make this parkland course live up to its promising start. Thousands of trees planted have reached maturity and with some creative and opportunistic mounding (thanks to nearby developments) the course has acquired a very attractive character.  Prestwick St Cuthbert now has an enviable reputation as a fabulous mature Parkland course, with picturesque fairways, challenging layout and excellent greens.

No surprise then that they find themselves ever more popular as a venue for county and regional championships as well as increasing numbers of visitors who enjoying playing there.

www.stcuthbert.co.uk




Eating Out.....

There are two great places that are a must when eating out in Prestwick. The ultra cool Elliots, that also offers some great nightlife at the weekends or Lido which is a smaller but equally as vibrant venue.

Elliots is Prestwick’s original day-to-night destination, Elliots is renowned for delicious informal dining, drinking and dancing in impeccably cool surroundings.
Of course, looks aren’t everything. This glamorous interior is matched by seasonally inspired menus, extensive drinks list & many seriously affordable offers.

There could be no better start to the day than morning coffee and a homemade cake fresh from the Bakehouse, while Afternoon Tea out on the Terrace is a perfectly sweet way to spend a few hours. Evolving as the day progresses, their restaurant is suited to everything from light lunch to special occasion celebrations, although if you fancy a burger and cocktails in the main bar after a game of golf they will gladly oblige!

http://www.elliots-prestwick.co.uk/

Lido Prestwick is sure to turn heads and set tongues wagging with its buzzing open-plan kitchen and casual, continental design.
They have a delicious new Mediterranean-influenced menu, with authentic pizzas from the wood-burning stove, the ever-popular spicy marinated chicken from the Churrasco Grill and heavenly patisseries from their Bakehouse.

When it comes to drinks, they have an extensive wine list, cocktails from an award winning bar team and a refreshing selection of craft beers and crisp continental lagers.

Serving everything from expertly poured coffee and working lunches through to moreish sharing plates, Lido Prestwick is already a firm favourite with families and night owls alike.

http://www.lido-prestwick.co.uk/






Where To Stay.....

The Carlton Hotel is ideally situated in Prestwick, Ayrshire. Within 5 minutes of Prestwick Airport and 45 minutes of Glasgow International Airport, this makes the hotel an ideal base or stop over for every travel opportunity, business or leisure.
The hotel is within a short driving distance of many Championship golf courses. The Birthplace of Open Golf, the area boasts a unique collection of classic links golf courses, including three Open Championship Courses - Prestwick, Royal Troon just ten minutes away and Turnberry just half an hour.

The Carlton combines a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with a streamlined, contemporary interior, and boasts landscaped gardens, a terrace and alfresco dining areas. Fresh, modern accommodation is provided within the 39 guest bedrooms. All of which provide full en-suite facilities, free wifi, plasma TV’s and hot beverage-making facilities. Its a great base for golfers in Ayrshire.

www.carlton-prestwick.com/



The Parkstone is a 30-bedroomed hotel situated on Prestwick seafront, with spectacular views from the restaurant and lounge over the island of Arran and towards the Mull of Kintyre. All rooms are ensuite with TV, telephone, toiletries, hospitality and hairdryer.
The Hotel is an ideal base for golfers. Prestwick Golf Club is adjacent to the Hotel and Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club a short walk along the seafront. The Open Championship courses of Royal Troon and Turnberry are 10 minutes and 25 minutes by car. There are numerous courses, both links and parkland, within the greater Ayrshire district.

www.parkstonehotel.co.uk



For more information on golf in Ayrshire, please visit www.ayrshiregolfscotland.com

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

CATRIONA MATTHEW TARGETS SWEET TASTE OF HOME VICTORY IN AYRSHIRE

There could be no more perfect trip back to Scotland for Catriona Matthew than to lift the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links this July 22-24.

The 46-year old who is Scotland’s most successful female tour professional has her eyes set on a special homeland victory as she vies for a hat-trick of Ladies Scottish Open titles in just under a month’s time. The former Women’s British Open Champion, whose recent form has taken her to the brink of Olympic qualification has won the event in 2011 and 2013 but faces another tough test at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire next month.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open,” said the Scot. “It’s the only time this year that I’ll get to play in Scotland and everyone loves to play in their home country. I think it will be another great event.”

Matthew, who is currently 67th in the world rankings, will face stiff competition from the likes of LPGA stars Carlota Ciganda and Cheyenne Woods, former champions such as the Carly Booth and Trish Johnson as well as a host of young stars vying for the title, including Amy Boulden, Kylie Walker and Pamela Pretswell.

With a stretch of tournaments that includes the Ladies Scottish Open, followed by the Women’s British Open and no doubt The Olympics a couple of weeks later. Matthew is more than pleased with her current form.

“It’s very pleasing, I’ve been up in contention a lot. I feel as if it’s all coming together nicely, I’m hitting the ball really well, and it was nice to put in four good rounds at the recent KPMG Championship as up until that point, there’s always been one round that has let me down.”   

Matthew is also pleased that the Ladies Scottish Open is returning to Dundonald Links for a second consecutive year, a venue that will also hold the Aberdeen Asset Management men’s Scottish Open in 2017 as The European Tour event completes its geographical spread of Scotland, the ‘Home of Golf.

“It’s great to know the men’s event is coming here next year. I really enjoyed the layout of Dundonald last year, but how well you play on any links course really comes down to the weather. If it’s not windy it will be a great course, but if the wind picks up it will be a tough test," finished Catriona.

Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management said, “Were looking forward to welcoming Catriona, our fellow Scots and some of the world’s best golfers back to Dundonald this July. Last year’s event proved popular with players and fans alike so we sure this year’s instalment will be just as successful.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, added: “Catriona is a terrific global ambassador for Scotland, the Home of Golf and we are delighted she will be returning to Dundonald to showcase this magnificent region of the country. There is a real buzz about women’s golf in Scotland with the successful bid to host The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles and we look forward to thousands of spectators coming out to support Catriona and the other competitors at Dundonald.”

Councillor Willie Gibson, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “Catriona has been a fantastic ambassador for golf over a number of years now so we’re delighted that she will be competing at Dundonald.

“The organisers have yet again delivered a top-class field and we can’t wait to welcome them here to North Ayrshire.”

The 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open takes place at Dundonald Links on the West Coast of Scotland in North Ayrshire, from 22-24 July. The event now occupies a prime spot on the Ladies European Tour calendar, sitting just one week ahead of the Women's British Open and offers a prize fund of €500,000.

The event's unique pro-am format sees 80 amateurs and celebrities tee it up alongside a limited field of 80 of the top female golfers in the world. The 54-hole tournament is played over three days and is the only annual professional Ladies European Tour event in Scotland.

The event is FREE to attend with fun for all the family.

For more information visit www.ladiesscottishopen.com and follow @AberdeenLSO #AberdeenLSO

Guest Blog by Aberdeen Asset Management PLC

SAND LINKS ROYAL TROON TO TRIUMPHANT OPEN RETURN

Guest Blog by The Word Association
 
Royal Troon Golf Club has completed the most comprehensive preparations it has ever undertaken to ensure the Open Championship is played over firm and running links turf. Considered one of the world’s finest links courses, Royal Troon’s unprecedented preparations for the 145th Open have been three years in the making.
 
Weather permitting, this year’s Championship should have all the hallmarks of a classic links layout with firm surfaces providing ideal playing conditions for four exciting tournament days. These characteristics are intrinsic to the history and traditions of the game and, of course, The Open Championship.
 
“We want a traditional links feel,” said Billy McLachlan, course manager at Royal Troon Golf Club. “Firm, fast and bouncy. That’s what we’re trying to target for at The Open, and at any time. We’re doing everything we can to get a linksy feel and if the weather goes with us, we will hopefully achieve it.”
 
The Ayrshire course has hosted The Open Championship eight times with the last Royal Troon Open being decided in dramatic style by Todd Hamilton in a four-hole play-off in 2004. This year’s tournament will be an even greater feast for links lovers thanks to the efforts made by McLachlan and his team of greenkeepers as well as the support of the Sport Turf Research Institute (STRI) and sand supplier Hugh King & Co.
 
This collective team, along with the club itself, embarked on a targeted project to deliver a firmer, more linksy feel following the staging of The Amateur Championship in 2012. Played in less than ideal conditions, the event highlighted the need to improve the firmness of the golf course in the run-up to The Open Championship.
 
“We held The Amateur in 2012 and it wasn’t very nice weather. It was wet and the ground was a bit soft,” McLachlan remembered. “There was a deliberate decision made then to be more linksy. At that time, we were the softest of the Open Championship courses.”
 
Until then the club had used a sand-soil mix. A judgement was made to retain the sand but omit the soil. “In 2013 we went to using straight sand, which was Hugh King’s Washed Dune sand. It is used by a lot of golf courses, so we were quite fortunate to have it just 10 miles up the road.”
 
The club opted to topdress its greens, tees, fairways and surrounds with Hugh King’s Washed Dune sand and, under the guidance of Richard Windows, the STRI’s turfgrass agronomist, dilute organic matter and improve firmness. “This was initially done through hollow-coring and Graden sand injection scarification using Hugh King kiln-dried sand,” explained Windows. “Thereafter, there was a process of solid-tining and routine sand top-dressing with the majority of sand being applied during the September to May period to minimise disruption to golf.”
 
The ambitious three-year project was completed this winter and has delivered sensational results. “It has been incredibly successful,” said Windows. “Organic matter has been reduced by an average of 58% on the greens and firmness has been improved by 25% and is now in the target range of The Open Championship. We tried to get the levels of firmness in target regardless of the weather conditions. The more sand you put on, the more chance you have of achieving that objective.”
 
For the man closest to the project, the change has been most noticeable on the greens. “Before there was more organic material in the greens, so the turf held more moisture,” McLachlan explained. “Hopefully we’re heading down the right path. All the tests are giving us good results – organic matter down, firmness readings up. I can get more speed in the greens more easily and they don’t hold the water as they did before - all this kind of stuff. We’re on line to where we want to be which is harder, faster and firmer.”
 
The ambitious project to firm up Royal Troon centred around taking organic matters out of the soil. To do this, the club needed sand. “It has been a privilege to work with Billy on this project and to see the huge strides made by he and his team,” said Graeme King, managing director of the family run business Hugh King & Co. “Sand is a critical part of a golf course and we are extremely proud our sand is helping one of the finest links golf courses in the world deliver what should be a memorable Open Championship.”
 
Hugh King & Co supplies sands to over 120 golf courses including all Open Championship venues in Scotland.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Accommodation available at this year Open in Ayrshire

One month to go until The Open returns to the Ayrshire coast for the 145th at Royal Troon Golf Club.
There are still rooms available for the week of the event including B&B'S, Hotels and Exclusive use venues ideal for last minute groups and corporate entertaining.
We have listed below some of the accommodation providers that still have rooms available. We hope you can join us on what will be a fantastic week of Golf.

B&B Availability...



The Coila Guest House in Ayr (15 minutes from Troon) have limited availability throughout the week at very good rates. To enquire simply email coila.ayr@gmail.com

Hotel Availability...




Enterkine House (ten minutes from Troon) have limited availability throughout the week of The Open. To enquire for rates and availability please contact karen@enterkine.com


The Carlton Hotel in Prestwick (less than ten minutes form Troon) have availabilty throughout the week of The Open. To enquire for rates and booking please contact kayleigh.dunn@rad.ltd.uk


Parkstone Hotel in Prestwick has very limited availability for The Open week, for rates and booking please contact info@parkstonehotel.co.uk


The Park Hotel in Kilmarnock (20 minutes from Troon) has availability for the Open week.
Please contact kj@theparkhotelayrshire.co.uk for rates and booking.


Exclusive Use venues...




Carnell Estate situated just 20 minutes from Troon is a ten bedroom property available for the whole week of The Open. Perfect for a larger group or for corporate hospitality.
£25,000 for full use of Carnell during this period. Please contact carnellestates@aol.com for more information.


Blairquhan Castle is an exclusive use 5 star property situated 30 minutes drive from Troon.
Perfect for larger groups or corporate hospitality.
Prices start from £350 per room (minimum ten rooms per night and 2 night stay) They also have fantastic cottages which are still available for the whole week. To enquire please contact enquiries@blairquhan.co.uk


Tour Operator Availability...



Golf Holidays Worldwide is one of our recommended Tour Operators for Ayrshire and they currently have Open packages available and starting from £689.
Click to view package offers here    



Please note the above availability may have changed since this email.

We hope to see you at this years Open, all the best.

Ayrshire Golf Scotland
Promoting the regions Golf.