Tuesday, 20 December 2016

How the opening tee shot of the first Open might have looked

A new painting depicting the moment Tom Morris Senior teed off in the first ever Open Championship was recently unveiled at The British Golf Museum in St Andrews.

The artwork also features Willie Park Senior, who became the first Champion Golfer of the Year, looking on as Morris hits his opening drive at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire on October 17, 1860.

Researching the first Open:

Professor David Purdie, who led the project to create the painting, gave a public talk about the great lengths they had taken to ensure the painting accurately depicted the historic scene.

“It has never been seen before because no photographer or artist was present at the time,” explains Professor Purdie.
“So, over the last five or six years, we’ve been researching exactly who was there, what the weather was like, and what exactly happened when Tom Morris Senior hit that first drive in The Open Championship.”

Artist's most challenging project:

The artist, Peter Munro, was also in attendance and spoke about taking on the unusual project. “It’s probably the most challenging painting I have ever done,” said Mr Munro.

“I’ve painted portraits before but not of people from 160 years ago, which has its own challenges.
“The piece had to be invented and to make it credible was challenging. But hopefully by the reaction we’ve had so far, we’ve achieved a certain amount of success in that respect.”

Angela Howe, Museum and Heritage Director, British Golf Museum, explained the significance of the painting in educating the public about the birthplace of The Open.

“It’s possibly a little-known fact that Prestwick hosted the first 12 Open Championships; in a lot of people’s minds, it’s St Andrews.
“So, in that respect we want to set the record straight and for it to be clear in people’s minds what the early years of The Open were actually like and the fact that Prestwick played such a prominent role.”

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

More Great News for Golf in Ayrshire

LET and LPGA to co-sanction Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open

A ground-breaking co-sanctioning agreement between the LET and LPGA has been reached that will see Dundonald Links host both the 2017 men’s and ladies’ Scottish Opens whilst elevating the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open to the highest prize fund event on the Ladies European Tour outside the Majors.

The initial three-year deal, brought together by the LET and the LPGA in partnership with title sponsor, Aberdeen Asset Management and key partner, VisitScotland, will see the event transition from a Pro-Am format to an individual stroke-play event with a stellar field and strong global media exposure.

With a full 156-strong player field and a prize fund of US$1.5m, the enhanced 72-hole Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open will sit on both the LET and LPGA schedules and underlines Scotland’s commitment to growing women’s golf as it looks towards hosting The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles. It also draws on the strong support of Aberdeen Asset Management across all levels of the game, giving equal prominence to both men and women whilst helping to ensure live footage from both the men’s and ladies Scottish Open’s is beamed to golf fans around the globe.

Taking place the week before the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns in 2017, the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open will kick off a superb two weeks of links golf in Scotland. The back-to-back stretch of events echoes the successful strategy employed by the men’s Scottish Open taking place the week before The Open – an approach proven to be a competitive advantage for those players competing in both championships.

The men’s and ladies’ Scottish Open’s will be played at the same venue within a three-week period for the first time in Scottish Open history - a great accolade for the Kyle Phillips designed course at Dundonald Links in Scotland, the ‘Home of Golf’.
Paul Bush, Director of Events with VisitScotland, said: “Scotland is known around the world as the home of golf and host of the world’s greatest golf events so it is entirely fitting that the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open stands proudly alongside these world-class tournaments on both the LET and the LPGA. The huge success of the men’s Scottish Open taking place the week before The Open provided the inspiration for us to achieve similar success with the Ladies Scottish Open ahead of the Ricoh Women’s British Open and these outstanding two weeks will now rival anything the world of golf has to offer. This historic agreement underlines Scotland’s commitments to women’s golf as we look forward to The 2019 Solheim Cup and I would like to pay tribute to both the LET and the LPGA, alongside our partners at Aberdeen Asset Management, for the vision to make this a reality.”
Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management said: “This is huge stepping stone for the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open to rank alongside the biggest tournaments across both tours. It has been our vision to grow the event to a point where it becomes a staple on the world’s best players’ calendars whilst continuing to expose the Aberdeen brand in key markets. This deal, with live TV on both the Golf Channel and Sky Sports will continue to do that and we would like to thank all of those that have come together to make it happen.”

Ivan Khodabakhsh, Chief Executive Officer of the Ladies European Tour, said: “The Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open is one of our most highly anticipated events and we are pleased to partner with VisitScotland, our fantastic tournament sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management and the LPGA to enable our Members to compete for a significantly increased prize fund. With world class women’s golf from across the continents, the event will generate huge interest, beyond the borders of the golf community, which will help to set the perfect stage for The 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles.”

LPGA Commissioner, Mike Whan, said: “Given Scotland’s rich history in golf, I am excited that the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open will provide an opportunity for the best players in the world to spend two consecutive weeks in Scotland. This tournament will be a great lead-in to the RICOH Women's British Open, and give our global fans a great two-week viewing experience from the UK. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with the LET, Aberdeen Asset Management, and VisitScotland to bring the world’s leading professional women golfers to our Scottish fans and spectators.”

The 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open will take place at Dundonald Links, North Ayrshire from 27th - 30th July.  Further information on the event will be available in due course and you can follow the event at www.ladiesscottishopen.com #AberdeenLSO.

Scottish Open announcement

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open forms part of new Rolex Series

VisitScotland and Aberdeen Asset Management have welcomed the news that the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be part of the newly announced Rolex Series as part of an enhanced European Tour schedule for 2017.

The European Tour revealed that the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, taking place at Dundonald Links in Ayrshire in 2017, will benefit from an enhanced prize fund of US$7 million thanks to the agreement as well as a significantly enhanced media profile through improved television and digital production and increased coverage worldwide.
The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open has long been a favourite event of the world’s best players, occupying an envied position the week before The Open and offering players the perfect links preparation for the world’s oldest major championship.

Five of the last six Open Champions have played in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open the week before, including Phil Mickelson who completed a historic double winning both events back to back in 2013 at Castle Stuart and Muirfield and Henrik Stenson, who recorded a record-low score of 20-under par en route to winning at Royal Troon in 2016.

The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open’s inclusion in the Rolex Series means the event is now likely to appeal to even more of the world’s best players, enhancing an already world-class player field looking to win the coveted Scottish Open title while at the same time seeking competitive action on a links course the week before The Open.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Through our strong partnership with Aberdeen Asset Management and the European Tour we have enjoyed seeing the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open go from strength to strength and the announcement of its inclusion in the Rolex Series for 2017 is an indication of its importance to the European Tour schedule.
“This announcement will further enhance the appeal of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to the world’s best players and see the outstanding images of world-class golf courses in Scotland, the Home of Golf, shared with even more potential visitors around the world.”

Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, said: “It has always been our ambition, together with The European Tour and VisitScotland, to continue to grow this great tournament into one of the biggest in the world. To be part of the newly formed Rolex Series, coupled with the fact the tournament became the first regular European Tour event to be shown live on NBC, further positions the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open as one of the jewels in the crown of the world’s golfing calendar. Credit to Keith Pelley and his team for having the vision and determination in making it happen.”

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open has always been one of the leading events on our schedule, based on the world class golf courses in Scotland and its proximity to the Open Championship, and its inclusion in the Rolex Series will only serve to enhance that position.”

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


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.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Golfing in Troon (part 4)

In the last of our series of 'Golfing in Troon' blogs we take a look at some of the great accommodation providers in the town and also places to eat and drink when visiting.

We tee off with one of the most iconic hotels in golf, the four star Marine Hotel.

The Marine Hotel sits adjacent to the 18th fairway at Royal Troon Golf Club and views from the rooms are quite spectacular overlooking the course, Firth of Clyde and of course the Isle of Arran.
The hotel has recently been taken over and plans are in place to invest and upgrade rooms and interiors to further enhance its already great reputation in the area.

The hotel also has spa and leisure facilities which is perfect after a long tough round on the links. Be sure to also book in for a meal at the restaurant, which offers a wide variety of locally sourced produce whilst taking in the views of the golf course just yards away.

For more information on the Marine Hotel click here

The South Beach hotel is a lovely 3 star seaside hotel owned and run by a very good golfer!
The hotel is perfect for golf groups as they are walking distance to 4 of the courses in the town and a 5 minute walk away from bars and restaurants.
They also host Troon Live which plays some great live local music at weekends but be careful golfers as it has been known to miss your next days tee time due to the great fun had at the bar the previous night!
The hotel can also take care of your golf and have some great golf packages available.

For more information on South Beach click here

The stunning Piersland House hotel is just a short 150 yard walk from Royal Troon Golf Club.
This 4 star hotel is set in tranquil leafy gardens and has 37 luxury and perfect appointed bedrooms including some great cottage suites and lodges.

The hotel is a grade A listed building and was built in 1899, it was originally built as the home fro Sir Alexander Walker, Grandson of Johnnie Walker, founder of the Scottish Whisky firm (best known for Red label and Black label whisky).

For more information on Piersland House Hotel please click here

The Whisky connection leads us nicely in to our next 'must visit' whilst in Troon.
The Jar is a unique whisky shop that does fantastic whisky tasting for singles & groups. With some of the finest and rarest whisky available for sale, The Jar in Troon is perfect for the Scotch lover.
The whisky tasting session are fun and informative and really open your senses to finding the Whisky that suits your pallet.
For those of you who really like their whisky, there is a lovely bottle of Bowmore 1957 for sale, yours for only £4,900.
For more information n The Jar click here

All this Drink is making us hungry!!
Scotts in Troon is the place to go if you love local produce. If you like seafood it couldn't be more appropriate as it is situated within the Marina at Troon. Owned and run by Buzzworks Holdings, a local business that delivers the very best dining and 19th hole experience.
Their Troon Lobster is to die for!!!

Buzzworks also run a great bistro style bar/restaurant in the heart of the town called Lido.
A really cool, modern hangout where you can get great breakfasts, lunch, brunch, dinner and then drinks into the evening.
Order anything from their Churrasco Barbecue Pit and you wont be disappointed!

Check out Scotts Troon here

Check out Lido Troon here


So when booking your next golf trip to Scotland, we hope you come visit the famous golfing region of Ayrshire and make sure and visit the wonderful golfing town of Troon.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Golfing in Troon (part 3)

This is the 3rd part of our 4 part series focusing on the golfing town of Troon in Ayrshire.
In this blog we will be taking a look at Barassie Links (Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club) on the outskirts of the town.
The club was formed in 1887 before finally setting ground at the current location in 1894. It has 27 holes and has hosted many championships over its years including Open Qualifying, Scottish Ladies Amateur & European youths to name but a few.

The Barassie links measures 6484 yards and is a par 72 from the traditional visitors markers.
This classic links course has it all, humps, bumps and hollows, cleverly placed bunkers, blind shots and stunning greens, all that you can expect from a Scottish links golf course.

The clubhouse has been recently re-modeled inside and acts as great 19th hole for members and visitors alike. The club is also a pitching wedge from the local rail station which links up to the city of Glasgow, perfect for a round if in Glasgow on business, with hire clubs available at their well stocked Professional shop.

Any visitor round at Barassie will have the option to play their 9 hole course for free subject to availability adding value to an already great golfing experience.

Some of the stand out holes on the course are the par 3 4th with a bunker front right and a raised green with railway sleepers running down the left side (very apt with the rail links so close) See below....

Another we like here at Ayrshire Golf is the par 4 2nd hole which requires a good tee shot with strategically place bunkers both left and right. A long hole so early in on your round and with bunkers right and left at the green two good shots are required to find this tricky par 4 in two.
See Below...

To sum Barassie Links up, it is what Ayrshire Golf is all about, a friendly club that give the up most welcome to visiting golfers, a great mix of links style holes, easily accessible with great links by car and train and value for money is second to none for a day out on the Links.

For more information visit Barassie Links

Join us shortly in our last blog on Troon where we will take a look at places to stay and of course the 19th hole.... Until then, It's Our Golf, Your Way!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Golfing in Troon

In the second installment from our golfing in Troon blogs we take a look at Troon Links, a collection of three courses a short walk from Royal Troon.

Troon Links has been the envy of may councils across Scotland as they are easily some of the best pubic courses that can be found anywhere in The Home of Golf.
With three completely different tests there is a great mixture of Links, parkland, short and long holes in the heart of Troon.

First up is the Darley, probably the most difficult of the three measuring 6308 yards with a par of 71. Don't let this full you as it is both narrow  and surrounded by heavy links gorse throughout and requires good golf to play to your handicap.
The 6th and 7th are classic links holes with undulations, gorse, and well protected small greens waiting to punish any misfired 2nd shots.

Moving on to Lochgreen which is a great mixture of Links and parkland, parts of the Lochgreen course run adjacent to Royal Troon and you gain a great sense of how much a golfing town Troon is as the course mingles with local residential areas.
Jack Nicklaus qualified for his first ever Open at Lochgreen, he even found it a stern test shooting 78 on one of the qualifying days. Measuring 500 yards longer than the Darley but playing to a par 74, the Lochgreen offers a slightly more forgiving round of golf and one that is certainly not be missed on any Ayrshire golf trip.  

The last of the three courses at Troon Links is the delightful Fullarton course, measuring only 4687 yards and a par 64.
Fullarton is perfect for the shorter hitter, ladies and juniors but many golfers love playing the course to sharpen up there short game, as the course is short and provides lots of shots under 80 yards.
A perfect course for family fun, providing an easier challenge for all. 

Troon links offer some fantastic packages to play the courses including the Mini Links Experience and the Troon Links experience where you can play 3 great courses for under £60!

Be sure to check out Troon Links website for more information here

Next up we take a look at Barassie Links on the outskirts of Troon.......  

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Golf In Scotland

Scotland is the Home of Golf, and Ayrshire is the Birthplace of The Open.
Ayrshire is blessed with many golf courses that can accommodate all levels and of course price range.

In the next series of blogs we are going to take a look at the golf course options in the town of Troon. Troon of course is most famous for hosting many Opens at the world famous links of Royal Troon Golf club and will again see this major return this summer to its famous turf.

Royal Troon is a true championship test and we spotlight some key holes ahead of this years Open.
The Postage Stamp is one of the most talked about par 3's in world golf and measuring just 123 yards you would think it was simple, well think again from an elevated tee position you hit down towards a very small and narrow green heavily guarded by Bunkers including the Coffin bunker.
Make your par's around Royal Troon and you are well on your way to a good score.

The second hole that will prove a real test this July will be the 11th named The Railway.
this hole runs alongside the railway line to Glasgow and is stroke index 1 on the scorecard. With the railway to the right, thick gorse to the left and a long carry over even more gorse, this is probably the toughest tee shot on the course. Down the left side with a gentle fade is ideal but it really is a fingers crossed tee shot.

For more information on Royal Troon Golf Club be sure to check out here

Join us in our next blog where we will be looking at Troon Links, a collection of public courses just a par 5 from Royal Troon which include the 4th toughest course in Scotland.


Monday, 7 March 2016

Spotlight on.......

Dundonald Links

Dundonald Links is situated in between the towns of Irvine and Troon in Ayrshire.
It is one of the newest courses in the region, opening in February 2003 and designed by the acclaimed course designer Kyle Phillips whose other noted course include Kingsbarns in St Andrews and The Grove in Hertfordshire, to name but a few.

Kyle Phillips intimated from the outset that it was intention to create a championship Ayrshire links that played and felt like it was an old rediscovered course. Phillips moved some earth around while constructing Dundonald Links but only where it was necessary to enhance the existing contours. The result is a thoroughly natural test of golf, one that is comparable to nearby Royal Troon and Turnberry, but with a character all of its own.

The 7,100 yard par 72 course has hosted many top championships, with the likes of Senior British Open Qualifying, numerous Scottish Amateur events and of course the Ladies Scottish Open on the Ladies European Tour. Media are already speculating the Scottish Open on the men's European Tour will be coming to Dundonald in 2017 as the course would be the prefect test of golf the week prior to The Open.
Dundonald Links also boasts some significant environmental awards. In 2012 the club achieved its objective of zero waste to landfill from the William Tracey Group, the first in the UK to achieve this.

#interestingfact Do You know Dundonald Links makes its own Honey!!! It's delicious :)

The club is open to visitors with very little restriction over tee times so perfect to start you Ayrshire trip at Dundonald Links and build the other courses around this. With green fees in the summer as little as £55pp this is a must play course in a region that is blessed with many must plays.

Go on, give it a go and add to you next golf trip to Ayrshire.

For more information please click here

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Trump Turnberry Re-Born latest

Things are certainly progressing at Trump Turnberry and the Ailsa course is shaping up nicely for it's June 1st opening.
The latest images to come from the resort show the course being 'Re-Born' with some significant changes especially around the famous lighthouse.
The lighthouse itself is under going a re-furb with the intentions of becoming a luxury suite as well as the new half way house. Quite possible the most spectacular accommodation of any golf course in the world!

A Trump Turnberry spokesman had this to say on the developments...

"We are pleased to report that the renovations of both the main hotel and golf course are gathering momentum an are well on their way towards completion and the reopening on the 1st of June.

The golf course changes are really starting to take shape and course architect Martin Ebert is very pleased with the progress of the changes which have even surpassed his expectations. All 18 greens have now been completed and all the revetted bunkers are now in place. The final phase of the golf course redesign will involve the completion and turfing of the fairways on the lengthened holes such as 1, 7, 14 and 18 and finishing the tee boxes.

The refurbishment to the main hotel is also working it's way towards completion. With the majority of the public areas and conference space being completed during the last year, it is only the reception and check in areas, along with the bedrooms that are still to be completed. A lot of work has also been done to revitalise the condition of the hotel building with a huge focus on the windows, roof and the overall facade. The new bedrooms are also going to have an incredibly luxurious feel and have great consistency across the resort which Turnberry has not had for many years.

One of the most exciting enhancements to the resort is the inclusion of what will become the Lighthouse Suite and halfway house. The Lighthouse is synonymous with Turnberry and is going to become not only the halfway house facilities for golfers playing The Ailsa, but also one of the most iconic and luxurious suites anywhere in the world. The two bedroom suite will incorporate a large living and dining room downstairs, while upstairs will comprise of two double ensuite bedrooms, each with incredible balconies overlooking the 9th and 10th tee, or alternatively out over the Ayrshire coastline with unrestricted views of The Ailsa Craig."

The new 9th green

The new 1st green

The Lighthouse Suite and Halfway house