Ayrshire is home to 47 golf courses with 5 of the UK’s top 100 located here, including 3 Open Championship Courses. Of course it is also home to Prestwick, the Open Championship’s birthplace. The West Coast is renowned for its beauty but also for its seafood, making it a must-visit destination for golfers.
After the acquisition of Turnberry by Donald Trump, Martin Ebert was appointed to oversee the renovation of the course known formerly as The Kintyre. Renamed King Robert the Bruce the new layout is superb and has already been ranked 35th in Scotland, making Turnberry a genuine 36 hole golfing resort of real stature. Four new holes were introduced on Bain’s Hill largely reversing the route of the previous holes. Most popular is the new par five 8th which heads straight towards the lighthouse, playing to a green that sits above the 12th fairway on the Ailsa course.
Prestwick is steeped in history and tradition. It has hosted the Open Championship no fewer than 24 times (although the last time was in 1925). An old fashioned Scottish links course it combines blind shots, deep pot bunkers, raised greens, hollowed greens and plenty of rippled fairways to ‘scoot’ along. Its great strength is the sheer variety of the holes you play in the round. The clubhouse is magnificent housing some of the oldest trophies and most comfortable leather armchairs you will ever find. Golf has only ever been played one way at Prestwick.