Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Iconic Scottish golf hotel sold

One of Scotland's most iconic hotels has been sold to new owners in a multi million pound deal from The Hotel Collection.

The Marine Hotel in Troon, which is a founder member of the industry led golf marketing group Ayrshire Golf Scotland, is located adjacent to the 18th fairway of Royal Troon Golf Club which will play host to the 2016 Open.

The Four star, 89 bedroom hotel has been witness to 8 Open Championships with many of the world's best players having been residents throughout the years. The deal was brokered by Julian Troup (UK Hotels Agency) & Alistair Letham (Commercial property specialists Collier International) which had offered a price of 7 million pounds on behalf of the previous owners.

Julian Troup, head of UK hotels agency at Colliers International, said "It has been a privilege to act on the sale of such a world renowned property. As we expected, it attracted a huge amount of interest from both UK and International buyers when it hit the market. Its iconic position overlooking the 18th hole of Royal Troon Golf Course makes it truly unique and i've no doubt the new owners will have ambitious plans for the Marine."

The purchase is a joint venture between Cannock Investments and Hetherley Capital Partners.

Speaking on behalf of the partnership, Charles Scudamore, Principal of Hetherley Capital Partners, added " We are obviously delighted to have acquired such a unique hotel with its own sense of identity and rich heritage. Looking at the history of the Marine Hotel, we were immediately taken by its reputation as one of the leading hotels in Scotland and more specifically the importance of the hotel to Ayrshire and its residents. We recognise the hotel needs investment to restore its former glory and we are committed to conducting those works as sympathetically as possible. 2016 is obviously a big year for the hotel and for the town of Troon itself and we look forward to playing our part."


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Links Golf Cup Ayrshire

The Inaugural Links Golf Cup Ayrshire took place from the 14-18 September and was played over the fantastic Western Gailes, Barassie Links, Prestwick St Nicholas and Dundonald Links. Over 60 amateur competitors from all over the UK took part in the event which proved to be a huge success with some excellent feedback.

Year two is expected to be bigger and better with the above clubs hosting again in 2016. Andy from Hybrid events who run the Links Golf Cup, which has proved hugely successful over the last 6 years in East Lothian had this to say "it was a massive success (undoubtedly helped by the weather) and something that has huge potential if we continue to have the support of Ayrshire Golf Scotland, the golf clubs, and others in the area. I would expect more like a field of 100-120 for next year with longer lead up time. I would also expect the ratio of 'outsiders' to 'locals' to increase - meaning more spend coming to the region. If the average spend stays at £620, then that is a sizeable chunk of money coming in to the area, and that is not to mention the income to the golf clubs in green fees."

With expected numbers to top the 100 mark this could see an additional economic benefit of close to £70,000 and would also increase the length of the season as it will be hosted mid to late September. This time around the Mercure in Ayr and Gailes Hotel provided accommodation for the competitors and the feedback was excellent in terms of hospitality with an average score of 8.8/10 for their stay. The golf courses came in at an average of 9.4/10 further enhancing the great reputation Ayrshire has of having great courses and a friendly welcome throughout.

It was also great to see other clubs get involved on the tournament rest day with many of the golfers choosing to have another round in the area playing the likes of Irvine GC, Royal Troon and Troon Lochgreen who put forward special one off rates for the links Golf Cup competitors.

All of Ayrshire Golf Scotland is looking forward to welcoming The Links Golf Cup back next year.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Media and Tour operators visit Ayrshire

Ayrshire Golf Scotland recently hosted key media and Tour Operators from North America on a week long trip sampling our great golf courses and accommodation providers as well as sampling a little whisky.

Golf media included, Fox sports reporter and golf blogger Stephanie Wei, golf writer Brendan Mohler and the well respected Canadian Golf travel writer Brian Kendall.
The Golf Tour operators where from all over the States, some doing business already in the region with the hope of increasing and others looking to develop future trips for their clients.

The week started out with an overnight and dinner with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau in the heart of Glasgow, showcasing how close the city is to the golfing mecca of Ayrshire. With great links by road, air and train it is a well accessible golf destination for the US market.

5 days of glorious sunshine followed with games at Trump Turnberry, Royal Troon, Prestwick, Dundonald Links and Western Gailes. A fine list of courses for the guests to challenge their games on.

Throughout the week they stayed at several accommodation providers to showcase the diversity and availability of places to stay. From small golf hotels, to traditional golf resorts, as well as 5 star exclusive use venues covering all aspects of what a golf client may wish for on their trip to Ayrshire.

We have had some excellent feedback from both media and tour operators from the trip and we are looking forward to seeing the written articles/blogs in the future. Some of the Tour Operators have already included the hotels viewed in their new 2016 golf itineraries which will result in more visiting golfers to the Ayrshire coast in years to come.

Ayrshire Golf Scotland has also hosted some smaller sized media fam trips over the last couple of months including Go Golf TV who filmed the regions golf courses and attractions as part of an episode that will air next year on some of the biggest Airlines worldwide including Air France, Jet Air, Air India and Avancia to name a few which has a current outreach of  5 million passenger per month so a great platform to showcase Ayrshire Golf Scotland on their Golf Passport show. (Details to follow when episode is ready.)

We also had 5 French golf journalist visit the region this September, playing Trump Turnberry. we did this in partnership with Glasgow city marketing bureau and we hope to have some good coverage over the coming months.

An Irish golf writers trip also took place in September with over 20 Journalists taking the trip over playing Irvine Bogside, Dundonald Links and Troon Lochgreen. Many thanks to Guy Redford who hosted the trip and we expect some good coverage of the region to come from this.

Lastly Golf Monthly visited the region early this month for an up and coming Ayrshire feature which will be in their February edition which will come out this December, so be sure to pick up a copy and have a look.

All in all a great Summer hosting Media and Tour Operators with some great coverage reaching many golfers throughout the world.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Our Golf, Your Way

Summer really does exist in Scotland! To prove it we have a short teaser video we hope you enjoy.
We also have a guest blog from Ru Macdonald of Scottish Golf Podcast interviewing US band Iration front man Micah Pueschel.
Scroll down to Day 4,5 &6 and listen to Micah's experience at Royal Troon, Western Gailes, Dundonald Links, Gailes Links and Shiskine Golf Club.
Listen now

Friday, 14 August 2015

Guest Blog by Visit Scotland

It really is the Home of Golf with more of the biggest golf events in the world being bid for.
Please read the link below and support the bid for Scotland and The Solheim Cup in 2019.
Use the hashtag #backthebid #gleneagles2019 and lets see another major golfing event on our shores.

Click this link to view press release

What a summer of golf

It has been a very busy summer of golf in Scotland. Two major championships, two European tour events and one ladies European tour event all took place in July and early August in 'The Home of Golf'.

It was all about the girls in Ayrshire though, with back to back weeks seeing the best lady golfers from around the globe competing on the west coast of Scotland. Dundonald Links was the host venue for this years Aberdeen Asset Ladies Scottish Open and with a field including world number 2, Lydia Ko, world number 5, Suzann pettersen and many more looking to claim the Scottish title. In the end a weeks best round of 66 saw Australia's Rebecca Artis take home the title and a prize cheque of 75,000 euros. Watch the highlights below.


Moving forward a week and it was the return of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, one of the 5 majors in the Women's game.
Weather conditions where testing to say the least as the unseasonal weather battered the Ayrshire coast. Again it came down to the best round of the week of 65 by the world number 1 Inbee Park to take home her 7th major title and confirm her place as the best golfer in the world. Watch the highlights below.

Interested in visiting one of the finest golf destination in the world with over 45 courses to choose from, great places to stay, lots of things to do away from the course and of course is the Birthplace of The Open then check out for tips on planning your next trip to Ayrshire & Arran. Below is a little taster of the golf courses you could be playing. See you soon!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Stars and Celebs to descend upon Dundonald Links

Familiar faces in sport, music, TV and radio will join some of the world’s best female golfers at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire next week, when the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open swings into action on Friday July 24, kick starting a three day unique Pro-Am style event in Scotland, the Home of Golf.

The mix of celebrities and professional golfers are expected to draw in large crowds to the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, as legends from football and rugby along with media, film and music personalities tackle the Kyle Phillips designed Dundonald Links course that is preparing to stage the event for the first time.

Former footballer and pundit, Alan Hansen who was the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open Amateur Champion of 2013 will be joined by former teammate Murdo MacLeod and one of the outstanding rugby players of his generation in Gavin Hastings, which is sure to provide some exciting viewing. Former Westlife band member Brian McFadden will be swapping the stage for the fairways as will BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty who made her debut in the event last year.

Alan Hansen commentated: “Winning the amateur element of the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open back in 2013 ranks right up there with my proudest golfing achievements so I can’t wait to play in the event again. It’s a great event that the spectators always enjoy so I’m looking forward to a fun three days at Dundonald.”

The star studded group will also be joined by LA based actors and friends Andrew Howard and Tony Curran. Welshman Andrew Howard starred in the recent American blockbuster, Limitless and most recently wrapped up a new 10-part series, Agent X, starring Sharon Stone, which premieres this autumn whilst Glaswegian Tony Curran is best known for his work on Gladiator. Other celebrities expected to tee it up amongst the world’s best include Scottish comedian Fred Macaulay, and former Scottish and English rugby captains, Rory Lawson and Mike Tindall.

The celebs will join professionals such as defending champion Trish Johnson, world number two Lydia Ko, two-time Major winner Suzann Pettersen, Cheyenne Woods – niece of Tiger, Solheim Cup star Charley Hull along with a strong Scottish contingent in Kylie Walker, Pamela Pretswell, Carly Booth, Vikki Laing, Sally Watson, Kelsey Macdonald and two-time winner Catriona Matthew.

Along with now occupying a prime spot on the Ladies European Tour calendar the free to attend event also offers an increased prize fund of €500,000. The 54-hole tournament is played over three days from 24-26 July and is the only annual professional Ladies European Tour event in Scotland, seeing 80 amateurs and celebrities tee it up alongside a limited field of 80 of the top female golfers in the world.

For Scotland it continues a sensational month of golf with the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open having taken place at Gullane Golf Club last weekend, before this week’s Open Championship at St Andrews. It is then the turn of the ladies with the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open closely followed by the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, which has supported the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open since 2007, said: “The stunning pictures being beamed around the world from Gullane and St Andrews have really showcased the incredible golf on offer on Scotland’s east coast but next week the focus will turn to the west where both Dundonald and Turnberry will provide terrific venues for our top-class ladies events.

“I’m delighted that such a strong field is assembling for the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open and the presence of the celebrity players will add an element of stardust to this exciting event. Golf is an important part of our world-class tourism offering and I’m sure the people of Ayrshire will welcome the event with open arms as we showcase yet another fantastic region for golf in Scotland.”

For more information on the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open or Dundonald Links (owned by Loch Lomond) please visit #BePartOfTheGame. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Scottish Open Putting Championship

Guest post by Buzzworks Holdings

Buzzworks Scottish Open Putting Championships

Putt your way to £1000!
Buzzworks Scottish Open Putting Championship
1-2 August 2015
Putting Green, Prestwick Promenade
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Dust down that trusty flat stick and brush up on your short game – as Prestwick in Ayrshire gets set to host the inaugural Buzzworks Scottish Open Putting Championship!
In this instance, ‘Open’ means just that. From scratch players to novices, young up-and-comers to more seasoned veterans, this is a chance to try your luck and walk home with a cool £1000* in cash! With qualifications on Saturday and the final on Sunday, there are plenty of prizes to be won for all age groups and abilities.
Prestwick is renowned as the birthplace of Open golf, so there could be no finer location for the first ever Buzzworks Inaugural Scottish Open Putting Championship than Prestwick’s historic shorefront putting green, reopened last year after undergoing a major restoration project.
What’s more, with the Women’s British Open taking place just down the road at Turnberry, it promises to be a fantastic few days of golfing action. And once you have shown your skills on the putting green you can throw a few shapes on the dance floor proper, as Prestwick’s annual live music extravaganza, Presfest, returns for another weekend of rock, folk, ska, funk and everything in between!

Best of luck – we look forward to seeing you out on the green…

For further details please contact

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Scotland's Summer of Golf

Guest Blog by Visit Scotland


Scotland is gearing up for an incredible summer of golf during which more than 300,000 spectators are expected to attend the multitude of world-class golf events taking place up and down the country.

Following on from 2014 when Scotland hosted what is regarded as the “best-ever” Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, the country which gave golf to the world boasts no fewer than nine top-class professional events throughout 2015 across both the men’s and ladies’ game.

The spectacular summer kicks off this week in Aviemore when the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge gets underway at Spey Valley GC, marking the 10th year of Visit Scotland support for one of the premier events on the European Challenge Tour. And the action doesn’t stop until the end of September when the biggest names in sport and celebrity tee it up in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship to bring an end to another thrilling summer of golf in Scotland.

VisitScotland is investing a total of just over £2 million into eight of these events but, with golf tourism worth an estimated £220m to the economy and supporting around 4,400 jobs, these events ensure Scotland remains at the forefront of world golf.
Following the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge, which is being supported by VisitScotland for the tenth successive year, we turn our attention to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Qualifier at North Berwick.
The exciting new event, which will be part of the PGA in Scotland’s Tartan Tour schedule, offers five spots in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane on July 9-12.
The Scottish Open itself will attract tens of thousands of spectators to the East Lothian course to watch Justin Rose defend his title against one of the strongest fields of any European Tour event . Not only that, but it will be beamed globally by a network of broadcasters including Sky Sports in the UK and throughout the United States by NBC, all of which helps to promote Scotland, the Home of Golf as a fantastic golf tourism destination.

The jewel in the summer crown will be the 144th staging of The Open Championship at St Andrews, which returns to the Old Course for the first time since 2010. More than 200,000 are expected to attend from 16-19 July to see the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson battle it out for the sport’s oldest and grandest prize.

The last time it was staged at St Andrews, the Open generated £100 million for Scotland, which included a country-wide economic impact of £47.4m and a marketing benefit of £52.6m calculated from global television coverage which presents Scotland as the Home of Golf.

The Open is broadcast on more than 100 channels with a household reach of 505 million. It really is an incredible showcase, not only for St Andrews, but for Scotland as a whole.

We’ll barely have time to draw breath following the presentation of the famous Claret Jug before the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open tees off at Dundonald Links, Ayrshire, on 24 July, while the Ricoh Women’s Open will be played out in the magnificent surrounds of Trump Turnberry Resort from 30 July to 2 August.

Over the same four days, the European Tour and Paul Lawrie – Scotland’s most recent male Major champion – launch the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links, on the outskirts of Lawrie’s native Aberdeen.

It will pit 64 of the leading players on The Race to Dubai against each other in a straight knock out, match play contest and will attract thousands of spectators to the North-East.

The action returns to East Lothian from 27-29 August when the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open comes to Archerfield Links for the first time, while our amazing summer of golf comes to a close with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns – an event that has previously attracted celebrities such as Samuel L Jackson, Damien Lewis and Shane Warne.

Monday, 15 June 2015

World number 1 to play Dundonald Links

The world number 1 lady golfer, Lydia Ko has announced she will be playing in the Aberdeen Asset Ladies Scottish Open taking place at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire from 24 -26th July.

"I've heard great things about the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open so i'm extremely excited to be playing in it" said Ko

"Scotland is of course the home of golf and somewhere I would like to play more often. To play Dundonald Links ahead of the Ricoh Women's British Open will be a great fortnight of golf and I can't wait to play in front of all the Scottish fans!"

"As world no 1 it's important for me to play on the international circuit among'st the world's best players and on the world's best courses. Links golf always makes things more interesting and with the field being assembled for the Ladies Scottish Open  it will be a tough test, but i'm looking forward to it and acclimatising to links golf ahead of Turnberry the following week."

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.
Scottish players confirmed in the 2015 field: Catriona Matthew, Kylie Walker, Carly Booth, Pamela Prestwell, Vikki Laing, Sally Watson, others of note: Suzann Pettersen, Charley Hull, Trish Johnson, Cheyenne Woods, Laura Davies, Melissa Reid and Gwladys Nocera.

Ayrshire looks forward to a fantastic two weeks of top professional golf. Here come the girls!


Friday, 29 May 2015

Guest post by Luggage Forward

Planning Your Scotland Golf Trip

Guest post by Luggage Forward

Ayrshire Scotland is one of the most popular golfing destinations in the entire world. This region of Scotland is filled with beautiful courses including 5 of the UK’s top 100 courses and is the birthplace of The Open. Every year around this time, travelers from all over the world come to experience the courses, many staying 10 nights or longer.

While Scotland is an amazing destination to golf, there are many things to consider during the planning process. Having been golfing in Ayrshire many times, we provided a few tips for planning your trip and ways to make it more enjoyable.

Visit in early June or September. Ayrshire’s peak months are May-October. However, if you are looking for a fewer crowds - and we emphasize fewer because it will still be very busy - we recommend going in June or September. However, no matter which of these months you are going, we recommend bringing some cold-weather clothing as well as rain gear. If you are traveling in Late August or early September, we also recommend taking a day away from golf to experience the Edinburgh Festival.

Ship golf clubs and luggage ahead. Don’t haul heavy luggage and gear through the airport or worry about the airlines losing them – especially if you are having a connection through Heathrow. Out of all the airports in the world, Heathrow has one of the highest rates of lost luggage! Along with this, if you are planning on renting a car, your luggage and golf clubs may not fit. You can ship golf clubs to Scotland with Luggage Forward and make your trip a lot easier. Luggage Forward will pick up your golf clubs and luggage at your home and deliver them to your final destination whether that is a hotel or golf course. At the end of your trip you can send them home.

Do research. Unlike in America, very few Scottish golf courses offer golf carts. If you are physically unable to walk an entire course, research or use a travel planner to see which courses do offer carts. Another option is hiring a caddie.

Book early and buy golf passes! If you are planning on playing a few rounds of golf at different courses, look into Ayrshire Golf Scotland’s golf passes. These passes offer discounts and deals for players looking to experience more than one course.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Blairquhan Castle awarded a 5 Star rating!

We are delighted to announce that Ayrshire Golf Scotland founder member, Blairquhan Castle has been awarded 5 star status by Visit Scotland in the Exclusive Use Venue category recently. This reward is highly regarded within the Scottish tourism industry and is a true affirmation of the superb facilities and high service standard Blairquhan has been offering to their guest.

Whether you are organising a corporate event including some golf in the area, a private golfing trip with friends or simply just a day meeting or private dining, Blairquhan is the ideal venue for any golfers looking to play on Ayrshire's famous courses. Situated very close to Turnberry and is less than 30 minutes from Prestwick and Royal Troon Golf Clubs. Get in touch directly with Blairquhan to arrange a show round and discuss all your events needs with one of their friendly and helpful staff on 01655 770239 or email

Please note that the 5 star status is awarded to Blairquhan Castle as an Exclusive Use Venue, not on any of their holiday cottages on the estate which are self-catering properties.

Check out Blairquhan Castle here

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Fam trip to Ayrshire

Ayrshire Golf Scotland welcomed it's first group fam trip of 2015 last week. With both Golf Tour Operators and Golf Media from Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and Holland coming to sample our warm hospitality and fantastic golf courses.

Day one saw them arriving at the 4 star Carlton Hotel in Prestwick where they would enjoy the comforts of this modern hotel for the next 4 days. Golf on day one was at The Irvine Golf Club where battle commenced in bright but breezy conditions. The course was in brilliant condition and was very popular among the fam trip attendees, a true hidden gem! Evening entertainment was at Elliots restaurant in Prestwick where our guest where treated to a 3 course golfers meal in the cool and modern comforts of this buzzworks holdings venue.

Day two and Dundonald Links was today's golf course of choice. Cold and breezy and playing long and tough, didn't put anyone off completing and enjoying their rounds at the host of this years Ladies Scottish Open. An afternoon of Whisky tasting at AD Rattrays Whisky Experience was the perfect way to warm up after a day on the Links. Dinner and a showround at The Gailes Hotel was well received that evening with many of our European guests enjoying some Ayrshire Produce on the menu.

Day Three and the sun was out and the wind was just a flicker and golf at Belleisle Park was today's test. A delightful 18 holes in beautiful parkland setting was needed and with the new one seater golf buggies on hand, a nice relaxed round was had. Couple of coffee's and Scone's later and it was time to head over just a short distance away to Robert Burns Cottage where the group was met by Tam o' Shanter and a piper who piped the group to their Haggis, Neeps and Tattie dinner. A toast to the Baird followed by a rendition of 'Auld Langs Syne' couldn't have been a better way to finish the day.

An early rise on the final day and Trump Turnberry's Ailsa course set the seen for Duel in the sun part two! Media and Operators where shown all the hole changes during their round and had the opportunity to stand on some of the new tee box positions to experience first hand the 'Golf Theater' that will be created on this famous iconic links course in Ayrshire.

Ayrshire & Arran have made some new friends and we are sure their clients will join us for golf and a lot more sooner rather than later.

For more information on the golf courses, hotels and businesses above, please visit 


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Links Golf Cup is coming to Ayrshire....

Following the resounding success of their East Lothian event which now enters its 4th year, the organisers of Links Golf Cup have launched a brand new amateur tournament for 2015 in Ayrshire. Beginning on September 14, the Links Golf Cup will be a week long 72 hole Stableford competition played over Western Gailes, Dundonald Links, Barassie Links and Prestwick St Nicholas.

Online registration and further details are now available at where the first 30 entrants can take advantage of a discounted entry fee of just £245. There will be some great prizes up fro grabs, both individual and teams, including the Teeuplo par 3 challenge which runs alongside the main event and see competitors totaling their score at the 8 selected par 3's over the week. 

Guy Redford, Director of Golf at final round venue Dundonald Links, said "Ayrshire is home to some first class golf courses and is known throughout the world as the Birthplace of The Open having staged the first championship at Prestwick in 1860. I am delighted that the Links Golf Cup will be coming to our region in September and i look forward to welcoming the competitors to Dundonald Links for their final round".

For the latest news follow @LinksGolfCup on twitter and Links Golf Cup on Facebook.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Win a Golf Break In Ayrshire

Ayrshire Golf Scotland has teamed up with Visit Scotland to offer you the chance of winning a Golf Break in Ayrshire & Arran.
You could be staying at The Marine Hotel in Troon for 2 nights bed and breakfast for 2 people. Overlooking both Royal Troon Golf Club and the majestic Isle of Arran.
Golf for 2 is also available at one of Scotland's must play courses, Dundonald Links which will be hosting this years Scottish Ladies Open.
To enter this fantastic prize draw simply click here

Good Luck!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Golf Weeks/Weekends and Events in 2015

Ayrshire & Arran is one of the most recognised golfing destinations in the world. With Three Open Championship Courses and an abundance of top level Links and Parkland Courses, it even has golf on an Island!

Professional events such as the 2015 Ricoh Women's British Open at Trump Turnberry's Ailsa course and the Aberdeen Assets Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links will see the region be televised across the globe.
But it's not just about top level Professional golf events, Ayrshire & Arran has some fantastic amateur events throughout the year. Whether you are a skilled player, a novice or just looking for some fun competitive action this year be sure to check out some of the Golf Weeks/Weekends that are available.

Events such as the Ayr Golf Week which is now in its 64th year has proven popular from locals and visitors from not just the UK but Europe also. The Girvan Golf Classic is also a popular event taking place over the links course in South Ayrshire, overlooking the iconic Ailsa Craig on the Firth of Clyde. Troon Golf Weekender is also another must, with a prize fund of the equivalent of £3500.

For the ultimate in Bucket list competitions, The Open Links Classic should not be missed. 2 nights staying at Trump Turnberry's lodges with 3 competitive rounds over the world famous links of Turnberry Ailsa Course, Prestwick Golf Club and the Royal Troon Golf Club.  This event is really an opportunity to walk the fairways of legends.

To find out more about the golf events in Ayrshire this year Click here


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Renovations at Trump Turnberry

An extensive 18 month refurbishment programme is now underway at one of the most Iconic locations in world golf, Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire.
The resort will relaunch on the 1 June 2016 When the re-designed Open Championship golf course, The Ailsa, will be available to play for the first time.

In early May 2016 the Trump Turnberry Hotel will opens its doors to a newly extensive upgrade to world leading standards which will include the lavish refurbishment of all hotel bedrooms.
This project will see a partial closure from September 2015 through to May 2016 where improvements to the hotel are carried out.

The new clubhouse due to open in April 2015 along with the Golf Academy and lodges will be open throughout. The Kintyre Course which has hosted Open qualifying in the past will also be open throughout to both members and visitors.

The Ailsa course will close on 27th September 2015 until 1st June 2016. The course will undergo some exciting changes and specifics on this project are due to be released very soon.

Stay in touch with Ayrshire Golf Scotland to find out on going activity during this time at Trump Turnberry, We all look forward to seeing the finished product!

Why not play The Ailsa one last time before the exciting changes are made!

On Thursday the 11th of June 2015, play the Ailsa Championship course from the tips for the very last time before this legendary course begins a major transformation in September.

This special event will see the pin positions in the same place as they were in the closing round of the 2009 Open, as you follow in the footsteps of legends, such as Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, around this iconic course for the final time.

Coffee and bacon rolls will be served in the clubhouse before you tee off to a shotgun start at 9.30am, with the competition run as a stableford.

Afterwards, a buffet lunch will be served in the clubhouse to accompany a special prize giving.

To reserve this experience please call 01655 334 175.

Price- £179 per person

For more information on Trump Turnberry courses visit

Monday, 19 January 2015

Here Come The Girls!

It's a big year for Women's golf In Ayrshire in 2015. With the worlds best looking to tee it up over two weeks of challenging links golf and do battle with their competitors, themselves and of course two of Ayrshire best loved courses.

Dundonald Links will play host to the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.
The high profile tournament will immediately precede the Women's British Open from 2015, mirroring the current set up on the Men's European Tour. The unique agreement by tournament promoters WSM Communications, has created a successful strategy for the development of the championship and will result in an increased prize fund to 500,000 Euro's. Dundonald Links

Attention will then turn to Trump Turnberry and The Ailsa Course for The 2015 Ricoh Women's British Open.
As one of the five majors in women's professional golf  (the only women's major played in Europe) and a marquee event on the LPGA Tour, the tournament attracts the best players from around the globe. Turnberry's Ailsa of course was made famous when Tom Watson took on Jack Nicklaus in what is known as 'The duel in the sun' in 1977. Fast forward nearly 40 years and everyone here at Ayrshire Golf Scotland hopes we have the sunshine we did all those years ago, although a little brisk wind wouldn't go a miss! Turnberry Ailsa


If you are visiting Ayrshire for a summer of Women's golf, check out Our Golf, Our Accommodation and everything else you can explore in this great region at