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Built on the site of an old, 1900s golf course and opened in 2003, this Kyle Phillips designed course is situated alongside Western Gailes and is only a few miles from Royal Troon. The 7,100-yard, 72 par course has many links features and the layout is superb, with undulating fairways and well-bunkered greens. The Dundonald course presents a stiff challenge and is a good addition to an itinerary when staying in this area. Dundonald has played host to a number of professional and amateur tournaments, including prequalifying for the European Tour and the Senior British Open Championship.

Located in Irvine with Kilmarnock to the south, Glasgow Gailes to its north and Western Gailes to its west, the Dundonald golf course is in prime golfing country and worthy of its older more established neighbors. Dundonald was an ancient Ayrshire links layout with a flat terrain made up of light, sandy soil that was once covered by the sea. Phillips demonstrated skill, respect for tradition and a remarkable sensitivity to the qualities that make Scottish links courses unique.

The redesigned course was opened in 2003 and has been acknowledged as one of the best new courses in the world. Dundonald links is a challenging but extremely rewarding course with true rolling greens that are big and fast, with serious run-offs for the wayward shot and neat dry ditches that once held water. Large grassy sand dunes bank the sides of the springy fairways, making each hole private. It boasts of outstanding par threes that are tough, interesting and different from one another. The back nine has the best view with glimpses of the sea.

Located at the very heart of Ayrshire’s golf coast near to Open venues Royal Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry, the course is just 10 minutes from Prestwick Airport, 30 minutes from Glasgow Airport and 90 minutes from Edinburgh Airport. Its coastal setting and fabulous condition makes it ideal for summer and winter golf.