We had a very enjoyable round at this modern links. Wide fairways and large greens make it very playable, but thick rough and gorse if you stray offline, and very well positioned, penal bunkers throughout keep you honest. In immaculate condition, with excellent undulating greens it’s a good test and fun to play. Nicely designed by Kyle Philips, all holes are individual and quite different although I’d say they are ‘strong, well designed and interring’ rather than many being that visually stunning. Certainly worth a visit.
Maybe it was because it was already the 5th round in 2.5 days in a 3rd country or maybe it was the temperature (2°C), but we did not enjoy Dundonald as much as expected. I like Kyle Philipps designs, especially Kingsbarns which is to me of the very top courses in the world, but I was a bit disappointed. Unlike it is next door neighbors (Western Gailes), you get to see a very ugly factory and you hear the cars on several holes. The tee boxes were banged up too, which was also a disappointment. For the rest, it was still a very good course with a nice layouts and good bunkering. I still have nightmares of the par 4 9th where I had a very good drive and was left with 60 yards, and thought I hit a good shot, but the slope punished me brutally! Unlike other links we played on this trip, you can't really roll 7 irons onto the greens as they are well defended which forces you to hit good shots to score well.
Overall it was a good course, though we much preferred Western Gailes (more secluded and purer).
The course has been one of my favourite links courses for a while. This year though the condition of the course has taken a step up. Great greens and a good test for all levels of golfers. Host of the 2017 Scottish Open
Played Dundonald Links on a beautiful sunny day and thought the course was fantastic. Not a poor hole on the course and it will be a brilliant venue for the Scottish Open in 2017. Looking forward to playing again in the winter months as they advertise no mats or winter greens .
Played Dundonald a couple of years ago and was impressed by the quality of this layout! Kyle Philipps has put together another great track in Scotland after Kingsbarrs. The course features a mix of long and challenging holes together with shorter risk reward ones and offers an enjoyable challenge to every type of players. The sea views on the back nine makes your round even better. I can’t wait to see how the pros will do on this course during the 2017 Scottish Open. Located a couple of miles from Open Championship Courses such as Turnberry, Troon or Prestwick and other traditional Scottish links, do not forget to add Dundonald on your Ayrshire bucket list.