The club has 27 holes, 9 holes were added in 1997, with the Kilmarnock Barassie Links the Championship Layout providing even the best golfer with a challenge, off the back tees the course lengthens to more than 7000 yards.
The extra 9 holes give the option of a great day’s golf playing the nine then the eighteen with a spot of lunch in between. With undulating fairways, blooming heather and punishing bunkers, whichever course layout you play will provide a true test of links golf, and as a true links course you can play all year round whatever the overhead weather is like.
The course is tough, but is typically what Scottish Links golf is about – large undulating greens, deep bunkers and doglegs. The course has generated some excellent publicity recently having been host for the British Amateur Championships in June 2001 along with Prestwick Golf Club and played host to the European Youths Championships the previous year. Kilmarnock Barassie Links remains to many, one of the clichéd Hidden Gems of Scottish Golf. For those who have played it however it simply becomes a mystery as to why more have not. If you are in the area you could certainly do an awful lot worse than spending a few hours discovering its charms.
An impressive links with blind shots, lightning greens, mounds, heather, hillocks and hollows. Some outstanding holes but there are unusually extensive walks between some greens and tees although the terrain is flat. A burn features on the 2nd, 3rd and 13th holes. Deep bunkers with large undulating greens and doglegs, a good variety of holes offers a Scottish links at its best.