Overview of golf course named Western Gailes Golf Club

Western Gailes Golf Club

Ayrshire, Scotland

Details

Holes

18

Par

71

Built

1897

Type

Links Course

Architect

Fred Hawtree

Access

Yes - every day.

The reputation of Western Gailes as one of the game’s finest and more exacting courses has spread worldwide as evidenced by its numerous visitors from around the world including golfing legends from this and the last century. The great Harry Vardon arrived at Western Gailes in June 1903 celebrating his fourth Open victory. In 1923 its attractions were being lauded by the then US Open Champion Gene Sarazen who played the course with three other outstanding professionals. Greats from the second half of the 20th century such as Gary Player, Tom Watson and Tony Jacklin have also visited, while from the modern game Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson have all tested their mettle over this classic links course. The course is situated between the railway and the sea, so typical of the classic Ayrshire links courses, with both being very much in play for the errant golfer. It is also special amongst seaside courses that are no more than two holes wide, in having its clubhouse in a more or less central position leaving seven holes to the north and eleven to the south. The course is never other than an excellent test of true links golf. Any change in the strength or direction of the wind, that usually varies between south-westerly and north-westerly off the adjacent Firth of Clyde, provides new challenges that are compounded by the undulating terrain and finely contoured greens cleverly located and set in the folds of the surrounding sand dunes. Together with the line of dunes running down the coastal stretch from the 5th to the 13th holes, the out of bounds wall from the 14th onwards, the plentiful supply of pot bunkers plus the meandering burns, all combine to present variety and a memorable challenge.

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Reviews

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Golf Club Hanau-Wilhelmsbad
Hcp 15 10 courses played
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5 July
This is how a links course has to be! Perfect location!
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Le Golf National
Hcp 4 66 courses played
Fabulous
April 26, 2017
After a strong start to our trip (Royal Portrush, Royal County Down and Ardglass), we continued to Scotland where we started by playing Western Gailes. We had first planned to play Royal Troon, but the visitor season was starting only the following Monday and Royal Troon is not well known for its flexibility. So, after asking a couple of Scotts on what to play (Dundonald was already booked for the afternoon), they said without an hesitation "play Western Gailes". A couple of weeks before, Paul, my golfmate, met one of the members who offer to join him (jacket and tie for the breakfast) for a foursome. We got to play Paul and I against our new friend and a pro (eventually beating them on the 18th with a nice 25 footer!) which made the round even more unforgettable. But back to the course, I must say it was THE best surprised of the trip. We absolutely loved every single hole of this (very) challenging course, a true links stuck between the railroad and the sea. The first 4 holes are played in one direction, the next 9 in opposite direction and the final 5 help you head back to the clubhouse. The fairways, bunkering, rough, greens are impeccable and many holes are mesmerizing. If I had to pick, I'll go with the 4-7 stretch with the 4 offering a view of a forest (only seen on this hole) then you make a U-turn to play the very long par 4 5th which is perfectly straight, the par 5 6th where a good strategy can lead you to a birdie (4 birdies in our group thanks to our member friend) but could lead you to a disaster too, and then the very solid and extremely well protected par 3 7th! The course is 120+ years old with a great clubhouse and a unique feel, and it was one of my best golf experiences ever (and unexpected!). Highly recommend it!!
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