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