Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Ayrshire's five Scariest Holes!

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It's a spooky time of year and we thought we would share some of Ayrshire's Scariest holes.
Tough tee shots, dangerous greens and coffin bunkers. What hole would frighten you the most?

In no particular order.....

1. Trump Turnberry's new par 3 9th hole, measuring 248 yards from the championship tees across rugged coastline. Would you make par?

2. Dundonald Links par 4 16th  hole, No.1 on the stroke index and with the railway on the right, two huge bunkers waiting to catch your tee shot and a tough sloping green, this is a true monster hole.

3. The Postage Stamp at Royal Troon, measuring only 123 yards long but with a bunker aptly named 'coffin' it says it all!

4. Irvine Bogside's tricky risk and reward par 4 4th hole. With the railway directly behind this small narrow green, do you take it on with your tee shot or lay up leaving a frightening pitch to the green! P.s watch out for all the gorse...

5. Prestwick's par 4 17th hole named the Alps. The oldest championship hole in golf!
A blind 2nd shot requires plenty of club to avoid one of the biggest bunkers you will ever see...

These holes have caused nightmares to golfing visitors from across the globe, as well as locals who face them week in week out. 
Are you brave enough to take on the challenge of Ayrshire's scariest holes?? 


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Links Golf Cup Ayrshire 2016

The Links Golf Cup Ayrshire was a massive success in its second year in the region.
108 competitors from as far as USA, Holland and Germany competed on four of our great links courses including Western Gailes, Prestwick St Nicholas, Barassie Links and Dundonald Links.

The Gala dinner was held after final day at the Gailes hotel where the hard fought winners picked up their prizes. We think they were all winners after the poor weather conditions they played in. Well done folks and we will see you next year.
Check out this great video filmed by we film golf on the highs and lows of the week.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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

Tuesday, 28 June 2016


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