Thursday, 8 April 2021

When it’s time take a detour to the west coast

When you come to Scotland on a golf trip, many are drawn to the big names of the East like Muirfield, Carnoustie and, of course, St Andrews. Indeed, Fife and Lothian make great bases for a golf trip and to tick off some bucket list courses. However, Scotland is a small country and a short drive can open up the West coast too.

You see, this is the beauty of a golf trip to Scotland, there are so many different golfing landscapes to enjoy and you are never that far away from them. So what does the West coast have to offer to lure you away, even for just a day trip, when your on the other side of the country?

First, let’s talk about the courses. Ayrshire boasts a patch of golfing coast that is packed to capacity with some of the best links golf in the world. In here are two former Open Championship tracks, one which is where the tournament was born, one current Open course and many other world-class tracks.

From Glasgow Airport, this golfing treasure trove is just thirty minutes away. From Edinburgh Airport it is under an hour and a half away, a small price to pay for such a destination. This article isn’t just about Royal Troon, Prestwick, Turnberry and Western Gailes though, the West offers more than courses.

It is well known that Glasgow and the West is one of the friendliest parts of Scotland. This is the land of the 19th hole where you can sit in a bar, enjoy a pint and celebrate/ commiserate your round. You can meet locals here and get unique insider knowledge.

One of the most famous 19th holes in the world is The Red Lion Inn in Prestwick. This isn’t just any pub to sit and enjoy a post-round pint, this is the very place that the idea of a course over the links land of Prestwick was given life. The rest, is history.

Prestwick Golf Club itself has one of the most incredible clubhouses you will ever have the pleasure of visiting. If you are a golf fan then this is one of the greatest collections of golf memorabilia you will ever see. The greatest thing about the clubhouse is the passionate members who love to tell you more about what you are seeing.

Some other beautiful clubhouses include Western Gailes, Glasgow Gailes and Royal Troon. These are buildings that feel welcoming and have retained that traditional clubhouse feel. There is something so special about the locker rooms of these clubs.

If you have decided to take the trip over to the West from the East and want to make a night of it, something you should do, by the way, then there are some great hotels to look at. One of the finest is The Marine Hotel in Troon that has recently been refurbished.

This beautiful red sandstone building sits looking over the opening and closing holes of Royal Troon. Imagine sipping on a well-deserved pint whilst breathing in the Royal Troon air. Many great hotels are waiting for you in Troon to help you find your base for your golf trip to the West.

Lochgreen House Hotel is pure traditional luxury. With undisturbed views out over the course at Royal Troon and onto Arran, this is a place you can take in the seemingly alive links land. There is a serenity about this hotel that will help you forget about the stresses of modern life.

Finally, for whisky and golf fans, Piersland House Hotel is the former mansion house of the Johnnie Walker whisky family. There is a great connection to the spirit of Scotland in this warm and welcoming hotel. Sipping on a dram and discussing golf, life doesn’t get much better than this.

Never rule out a trip over to the West, even if your golf holiday is based in the East. Rich golfing history, world-class courses and the warmest of welcomes awaits you on this side of Scotland. You will never regret taking this detour.


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