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Dundonald Links

Ayrshire, Scotland

Originally named Southern Gailes and planned as a residential resort community in the early 2000s, the current Dundonald Links didn’t become reality until opening in 2005. It was purchased as a links course in 2003 for Loch Lomond Golf Club (LLGC) members. Kyle Phillips was commissioned by LLGC to finish the course and brought his expertise into making it an immediate success and championship worthy.

The course has held multiple Scottish Women’s Opens, the 2017 Scottish Open and will be an Open Qualifier Course from 2023-2026.

The location was blessed by being situated on a triangle of great linksland. It is separated from Western Gailes by the railway on the western side and it is almost across the street from Gailes Golf Club to the north.

Phillips achieved his goal of utilizing the best of this linksland and adding to it by creating grander and more dramatic landforms on the remainder of the site. Dundonald golf course sits slightly inland and there are also trees, unusual for most links courses, that create visual backdrops of greens complexes and line some fairways.

There was an earlier course on part of the routing called Dundonald Castle Course that was in existence from 1911 to WWII. At 6,700 yards and built for the new longer distance Haskell Ball, it was one of the longest courses in Britain at the time. After WWII when the course was used by the military for among other things as a place where D-Day landings were practiced, the course was abandoned as it was virtually destroyed.

Course Details

Championship Golf Course
Range of tees from 5,560 – 7,100 yards
Designed by Kyle Philips
Opened in 2005
Ideal Location for an Ayrshire Tour

Dundonald Links Today

A new era in Dundonald golf began in 2019 when the course was purchased by Darwin Escapes for £4.5 million pounds with the intention to make it into a proper golf resort. After an additional £25 million pound investment, it has been transformed into the perfect base from which to explore all the best of Ayrshire golf. Including Royal Troon, Prestwick, Western, Gailes and Turnberry.

Dundonald Links now boasts 2 luxuriously appointed 6-bedrooms lodges perfect to relax in post round. There are also individual lodge-style hotel rooms, fabulous dining and hearty breakfasts at the Canny Crow restaurant. The site also includes a state-of-the-art gym to complement the championship course and practice areas.

Location

H8MX+H7 Irvine, UK

Take an Ayrshire Golf Tour

Experience a variety of Open Rota courses, including Prestwick, the birthplace of the Open Championship in 1960 and Royal Troon.

The newly refurbished Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry offers 14 particularly stunning holes along the coastline.

Combine an Ayrshire Golf Tour with St Andrews or Edinburgh & East Lothian for the ultimate Scottish golf tour.

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