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.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Ayrshire Golf hosts Taylormade Golf Prize Winners

Ayrshire Golf along with Taylormade Golf US & Golf WRX hosted 4 lucky prize winners last week for a week of golf in a very sunny Ayrshire.
The winners where a pair of Fathers and Sons from the United States on there very first golf trip to Scotland and we can safely say that they loved every minute of it.
Before their trip they were kitted out in Taylormade equipment and clothed head to toe in Adidas as part of their prize. They had 5 day
s with us in Ayrshire staying at the fantastic Gailes Hotel and playing Western Gailes, Dundonald Links, Prestwick Golf Club and a visit to Trump Turnberry.
The highlight of the trip however was playing Royal Troon with all The Open stands up. It didn't stop there, the lucky winners enjoyed 9 holes with Ryder Cup Captain and Past Open Champion Darren Clarke on a beautiful day on the links.




Check out one of the prize winners tweet of excitement of what was described as a trip of a lifetime. We hope to see you back again guys!


Stay tuned to see some great footage in the next few weeks of their trip.......

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Scottish Open Venue announced for 2017


Dundonald Links, in North Ayrshire, Scotland, will host the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the first time in 2017.

Located near the town of Irvine, Dundonald Links – which is undergoing major renovation works – will follow on from Castle Stuart Golf Links, the host venue for the 34th edition of Scotland’s national Open from July 7-10, 2016.

The stunning 7,100-yard, par 72 layout was designed by the highly-acclaimed golf course architect Kyle Phillips, whose creations also include Kingsbarns, one of the three venues for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and The Grove, which will host the British Masters supported by Sky Sports for the first time this year.

Since being acquired by Loch Lomond Golf Club in February 2003, Dundonald Links has played host to numerous professional and amateur tournaments, including the European Tour Qualifying School First Stage, a qualifier for the Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex and, most recently, the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, which returns to Dundonald Links this year.

After hosting the 2015 Ladies Scottish Open, which featured World Number One Lydia Ko and Solheim Cup player Suzann Pettersen, the club’s owners devised plans for a structural overhaul which included the construction of a new clubhouse, scheduled for completion at the end of 2016.

On the course itself, under the guidance of Kyle Phillips, several of the greens have been increased in size and three of the putting surfaces have been levelled in selected areas to soften their contours, thereby providing organisers with more options when setting up for tournament play.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “We are delighted to announce that the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be staged at Dundonald Links in 2017. Following this year’s tournament at Castle Stuart in the north, this will ensure that Scotland’s national Open is showcased as widely as possible across the country.

“Special thanks goes to our two partners in the Scottish Open – the title sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management, and the Scottish Government – whose joint vision and commitment to improve and expand this great tournament has enabled us to make this announcement today.

“We also extend our gratitude to everyone at Dundonald Links for the work they have done at the golf club, and the work that they continue to do. I know all our Members will look forward to the challenge the course will present to them next July.”

Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, said: “Since becoming title sponsors of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2012, it has been our ambition to complete the geographical spread of the tournament by taking it to Scotland’s west coast following successful events at Castle Stuart, Royal Aberdeen and Gullane. We are therefore delighted with today’s announcement confirming the stunning Dundonald Links as the host venue in 2017.”

“Since becoming title sponsors of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2012, it has been our ambition to complete the geographical spread of the tournament by taking it to Scotland’s west coast following successful events at Castle Stuart, Royal Aberdeen and Gullane. We are therefore delighted with today’s announcement confirming the stunning Dundonald Links as the host venue in 2017.” – Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, which manages the Scottish Government’s investment in the event, said: “Scotland is the Home of Golf, and as such is fortunate to have an abundance of world-class golfing venues the length and breadth of the country.

“I am delighted that Dundonald Links, one of the outstanding courses on the west coast, will host the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2017 and continue the commitment of rotating the event around the country.”

Bill Donald, General Manager of Loch Lomond Golf Club and Dundonald Links, said: “The course changes will enhance what was already a fantastic spectator experience, with natural amphitheatres surrounding many of the holes.

“Crowds of ten thousand turned up for the Ladies Scottish Open last year, and we’re hoping for more of the same this year. Broadcasters around the world will be covering the final day of the tournament live, and I am sure that anyone who tunes in will be impressed with what they see.

“It will also give us a bit of a dry run ahead of hosting the Scottish Open next year, and that is a great opportunity which many host venues don’t get. So we’ll be more than ready by the time the Scottish Open comes around.”

Councillor Willie Gibson, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “North Ayrshire Council is delighted to welcome the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to Dundonald Links in 2017.

“This part of Scotland is fortunate to have so many championship golf courses capable of staging top-class events, including the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open which, last year, attracted tens of thousands of spectators. The Council, through our ‘Team North Ayrshire’ approach, has worked with our partners to bring this prestigious event here, and we look forward to delivering a first-class tournament for everyone to enjoy.”

Words by Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.