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FOUNDED: 1912 (current layout)
DESIGNER: Willie Park
PAR: 71
SSS (Course Rating): 70
TYPE: Links

Though the current layout of this course is based on Willie Park's design in 1912, the club's origins date back to 1882, thus making Glasgow Gailes the ninth oldest club in the world.

Lying less than an hour from Glasgow, Glasgow Gailes is a supremely challenging and traditionally Scottish links and is regularly used as a qualifying venue for the Open Championship. Situated between Troon and Irvine on Scotland's renowned Ayrshire Coast, Glasgow Gailes boasts undulating fairways, fine greens and all the subtle qualities expected from the World's best links courses.

While the course generally plays approximately a half-mile from the shore, rest assured that this does not protect the golfer from the usually strong, swirling and often Machiavellian, firth winds. The inherent challenge of Glasgow Gailes is stiffened by its heather-lined fairways, which when in full bloom during summer months often results in heartbreak for the less than accurate strike.

As a designated Open Championship qualifying venue, the condition and playing characteristics are second to none. With each tee presenting a unique challenge, it is difficult to select any single feature-hole but many people's choice is the 155-yard, par 3 seventh hole, which bears the name "Weeniat" meaning "small and compact". Here, deep bunkers encircle the green like Indians around a carriage in the old Wild West.

Ideally positioned to include as part of your Scottish golfing trip, some of the fine courses nearby include Royal Troon, Prestwick, Turnberry and Western Gailes. With a warm reception assured, excellent club facilities, practice area, pro shop and catering, you are sure to enjoy your visit to Glasgow Gailes.


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