Glasgow Gailes Links
At Glasgow Gailes Links , on the Ayrshire coast, we have a challenging links course. It was designed by Willie Park Jnr in 1912 and we are naturally proud of the fact that it is chosen regularly by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club as a final qualifying course for the Open Championship.
Glasgow Gailes Links is a par-71, championship golf links of 6,903 yards (6,312 m) with heather-lined fairways.
Long grass and gorse pinches its fairways. With only two par 5s and three par 3s, players must churn out pars on one tough par 4 after another for a decent score. Lost strokes can be made up with proper play on four par 4s that are 342 yards or shorter from the tips. The club recently cut back gorse on two par 3s, the 152-yard sixth hole and the 220-yard 12th hole, to make them more playable. Holes 14 and 16 run parallel to the railway like so many great links of the region.
The links of Glasgow Gailes is owned and run by Glasgow Golf Club. And though the current layout of this course is based on Willie Park’s design in 1912, the club’s origins date back to 1787, thus making it the ninth oldest golf 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. Fairways, which when in full bloom during summer months often results in heartbreak for the less than accurate strike. Glasgow Gailes is a natural inclusion for any golf trip in the area.