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Dundonald

Par 72, yardage 7,300. The newest addition to Loch Lomond Golf Club is Dundonald. Designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the game's top architects, it has been recognized as one of the best new courses in the world (Robb Report 2004). Situated by the sea near the legendary town of Troon, Dundonald's soil and climate conditions make the course suitable for year-round play. Designer Phillips said: "My desire was to create a championship Ayrshire-style links course that felt and played as though it was an old rediscovered course, by integrating newly constructed features with existing site features".
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Glasgow Gailes

Par 71, yardage 6,535. This course resides on a marvellous stretch of links land between Troon and Irvine on the Ayrshire coast. This is the seaside course of the Glasgow Golf Club at Killermont and it opened in 1892, making the club unique in that it has two courses 30 miles apart. With its undulating fairways, fine greens and subtle qualities, it is an honest test of golfing skills in true links fashion. The challenge starts with a steady stream of four consecutive par-4s followed by the signature hole - a par-5 dog-leg with out-of-bounds to the right and a treacherous green that's guarded by strategically placed sand traps.
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Irvine

North Ayrshire, , KA12 8SN GB
Par 71, yardage 6,408. Irvine 'Bogside' Golf Club nestles near some of the big names in Ayrshire with Royal Troon and Old Prestwick not too far away.This stretch of Scottish coastline is ideal for links golf and Bogside, which rolls and bobs over ancient dune terrain, divided by gorse and lots of heather, is just one of many great courses in the area. Built between the town, a racecourse and the muddy River Irvine, Irvine Bogside is a course that will keep you guessing.
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Kilmarnock Barassie

29 Hillhouse Rd
South Ayrshire, , KA10 6SY GB
Par 72, yardage 6,852. Founded in 1887, this club has had an illustrious history and has been an Open Championship qualifying course on occasion. The Barassie course, which incorporates nine of the original and the nine new holes, offers one of the most challenging links tests on the Ayrshire coast. It has already hosted the British Amateur Championships, the European Youths and the Junior Open. Barassie continues to offer the player - visitor and member alike - a continuing challenge.
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Machrie

Par 71, yardage 6,324. This course, residing on the quaint and picturesque isle of Islay, is one of Scotland's oldest and most traditional links courses. In fact, in 1901 it hosted its very own Open Champinship where a trio by the name of Harry Vardon, John Taylor and James Braid competed for a £100 first prize. The Machrie was laid out in 1891 by Willie Campbell, who instantly fell in love with the course upon viewing the land before him. The main feature of this links are the number of blind holes and blind shots that have to be negotiated from undulating, tight fairways onto wonderful, rolling greens. The views of the bay are another aspect that has made the Machrie the favorite it is today.
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Machrihanish

Par 70, yardage 6,225. It may be remote - Campbeltown, after all, is not the easiest place in the world to travel to by land - but it's not difficult to understand why so many people make that journey to play here. It's a true golfing treasure and the opening hole - a 423-yard par-4 where the drive requires a carry over the Atlantic Ocean - is among the finest in the world. "The Almighty had golf in his eye when he created this place", remarked Old Tom Morris before re-designing the course in 1880. It was subsequently altered by J.H. Taylor, the three-time Open Champion, in 1914 and little has changed to this day.
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Machrihanish Dunes

Par 72, yardage 7,175. Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club is the first golf course to have been built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi) since the days of Old Tom Morris himself. It is also the first 18-hole links golf course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in 100 years. Course architect and Scotsman David McLay Kidd, who is internationally acclaimed for his design of Bandon Dunes in Oregon and the The Castle Course at St. Andrews, created an inspired routing for Machrihanish Dunes featuring six greens and five tees at the ocean's edge.
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Prestwick

Par 71, yardage 6,544. This Ayrshire course holds a special place in the golfing history books, having been the venue for the first-ever Open Championship back in 1860. It last staged an Open in 1925, but remains very popular as a unique test of golf. The first tee sits beside Prestwick Station and the railway line runs all the way down the right-hand side of the opening hole. There are plenty of other holes where a score can come off the tracks, though, the huge 'Cardinal Bunker' providing potential trouble at the third and the 'Himalayas' having to be negotiated at the 206-yard par-3 fifth hole.
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Royal Troon - Old

Craigend Rd
South Ayrshire, , GB
Par 71, yardage 7,150. This private club was founded in 1878 and has hosted the Open Championships on a number of occasions. Royal Troon features holes like the original Postage Stamp (No.8) where Tiger Woods had so much trouble in 1997. One of the great links courses in Scotland, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. With the wind to contend with, and deep rough interspersed with gorse and broom, accurate shot making is essential. Players should make their scores on the outward nine, as the prevailing north-westerly wind can make the back nine extremely difficult. The No. 13 hole has proven to be the most difficult to par during the Open Championships.
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Royal Troon - Portland

Craigend Rd
South Ayrshire, , GB
Par 71, yardage 6,289. Although a links course, the Portland is a little more sheltered than the Royal Troon Old Course and, of course, shorter. The holes meander through terrain filled with gorse and broom and has a generous helping of par-3s, five in all. This is tempered however, with four par-5s, all of which are on the back nine. Unfairly overshadowed by its bigger brother, Portland is a genuine links course and remains in excellent condition throughout the year.
Maximum handicap: 20 men, 30 women.
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Shiskine

12 Holes, Par 42, yardage 2,990. Nestled below Drumadoon Cliffs at Blackwaterfoot, Shiskine's challenging and picturesque 12-hole layout is truly one of the hidden gems in the world of golf. Founded in 1896, the original nine-hole course was laid out by the famous Willie Fernie of Troon. The course is crossed by two burns and has many distinguishing characteristics including the longest par-5 on the island at 509 yards. There are several blind holes at which various signals indicate when the green is clear and it is safe to play. The holes have picturesque names such as 'The Crow's Nest', 'Paradise' and 'Hades' which give an indication of their distinctive features.
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Turnberry - Ailsa

Par 70, yardage 6,976. Long regarded as one of the finest courses in the world, the Ailsa came to international prominence with the famous duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson over the four days of the 1977 Open. Polls now regularly acknowledge the Ailsa as one of Britain's top three courses, confirmation that gives it eminence worlwide, with regular rankings within the world's top 20 courses. Perhaps the ninth hole is Turnberry's trademark, the remote tee set on a rocky promontory on the edge of the sea, the drive across the corner of the bay and a glimpse of the site of Bruce's Castle. The narrow path to the tee and the tee shot itself are not recommended to those of a nervous disposition.
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Turnberry - Kintyre

Par 72, yardage 6,861. Building on the challenges laid down by the famous old Arran course, the Kintyre is links golf at its exhilirating best. Undulating greens, glorious fairways, magnificent ocean holes, and all with stunning views of Kintyre, Arran and the famous Turnberry Lighthouse. The view that greets you from the brow of Bain's Hill is just one moment among many you'll want to savor again and again. As the short ascent is made from the 7th green, it is as if a theatrical curtain is opened to reveal a stunning set. The extra elevation multiplies the panorama that stretches in every direction, but the shots, too, are breathtaking.
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West Kilbride

Par 71, yardage 6,548. West Kilbride is a traditional, flat seaside links course designed by Old Tom Morris. It enjoys a wonderful setting on Ayrshire's coast looking over the Firth of Clyde with some fine views of Arran. It is within an hour's drive of the prestigious Open Championship layouts at Royal Troon and Turnberry. When the wind picks up it can get increasingly difficult when it comes to club selection, but that's just part of the attraction of playing a great links course.
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Western Gailes

Par 71, yardage 6,639. This course, near Irvine on the Ayrshire coast, is regarded as a true Scottish links. Featuring undulating terrain, rolling fairways and some of the thickest links rough in Scotland, it provides an almighty test that should be enjoyed time and again. The narrow fairways demand consummate positioning from the tee, and with so many greens tucked away in little hollows or dells, your patience and concentration is pushed to the limit. The middle section of the course can become increasingly difficult when the wind comes off the sea. Simply keeping your mind on the task at hand amid sweeping winds is a challenge in itself.
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L Hotels

Argyll Hotel

970-973 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, Scotland, GB
The Argyll Hotel, located on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, offers high quality bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation in Glasgow at affordable rates. This Georgian built hotel has recently been refurbished to a very high standard. All of its room have ensuite facilities with the added convenience of satellite, colour television, direct dial telephone, tee & coffee making facilities and digital clock radio. Situated within easy reach of Glasgow's city centre it is close to many tourist attractions and amenities that make it perfect for a weekend break in Scotland.
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Golf View (Guest House)

17 Links Road
Prestwick, Ayrshire, KA9 1QG GB
This is a stylish 4-star west coast Victorian house tastefully decorated and furnished, offering superb accommodation with views across Prestwick Golf Course and over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran. It is located a short distance from the town centre, close to all amenities, railway station and Prestwick International Airport. It has a no-smoking policy but guests may smoke on the decking at the back of the building.
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Hilton Glasgow

1 William Street
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Hilton Glasgow Hotel is a luxurious property centrally located within a mile of George Square and the multi-level Buchanan Galleries shopping centre. The Scottish Exhibition Centre, the airport and the main railway stations can all be easily reached. The hotel's 319 air-conditioned guestrooms come equipped with satellite TV, Sony PlayStations and internet connections. Guests can make use of the indoor pool, gym and sauna, relax with a spa treatment and dine on modern Scottish cuisine. This stylish hotel with its warm hospitality, and excellent views across Glasgow, makes it an ideal place to stay.
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Parkstone Hotel

Parkstone, Ardayre Road
Prestwick, Scotland, United Kingdom
The Hotel is ideally situated for Prestwick Airport, Rail Station, Town Centre and is adjacent to Prestwick Golf Club and St. Nicholas Golf Club. With its seafront location, stunning views of the Isle of Arran and Firth of Clyde, the hotel is the perfect place to relax - have a drink in the Lounge Bar or enjoy a meal in its award-winning restaurant. The beautifully decorated bedrooms are all ensuite and include direct dial phone, color television, radio, hairdryer and tea/coffee service.
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Piersland House Hotel Ltd

15 Craigend Road
Troon, Ayrshire, United Kingdom
Set in the two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, Piersland House Hotel overlooks Royal Troon Golf Club, which has hosted no less than 8 British Open Championships. There are 30 ensuite guestrooms at this hotel and each room is based upon a malt whiskey distillery or family. There is also a good choice of rooms here and guests can choose from one of the standard or larger, superior rooms in the house itself. All rooms are equipped with good room amenities from tea and coffee-making facilities and mini-bar to trouser press and hairdryer.
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The Marine Hotel, Troon

8 Crosbie Road
Troon, Ayrshire, United Kingdom
Overlooking the Links Championship Golf Course and the wide beaches of the Firth of Clyde, Marine hotel has 16 golf courses nearby and is the headquarters for many of the pros when the Open Championship is being played at Troon. It is only about 2.5 miles from Prestwick Airport and 30 minutes from Glasgow. The hotel has 74 ensuite bedrooms and most have excellent views overlooking the Royal Troon Golf course. It also has a leisure club, swimming pool, steam room, fitness studio and much more.
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The South Beach Hotel

S Beach
South Ayrshire, Scotland, GB
The South Beach Hotel in Troon is a privately owned and run hotel, ideally situated in the best part of the town and facing onto the sea front with it's sandy beaches famous for wind and kite surfing and of course golf.The three star South Beach Hotel has 32 en-suite, superbly furnished bedrooms, many of which enjoy outstanding sea views with Arran and the Ailsa Craig on the horizon. The hotel is well known for its welcoming atmosphere, where you will be treated more as a friend than a visitor by the Watt family and their staff and is extremely proud of the repeat business that the hotel enjoys from its customers whether it is for business or pleasure.
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The Westin Turnberry Resort

Maidens Road
Girvan, Ayrshire, United Kingdom
Located on the stunning Ayrshire coast just 55 minutes from Glasgow Airport and 30 from Prestwick, Turnberry offers spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde to Arran, the Mull of Kintyre and Ailsa Craig. The hotel boasts one of Europe's finest leisure complexes, where one can avail of numerous facilities including a magnificent 20 metre pool, hydrotherapy suite, squash courts, saunas, solarium and gymnasium, trekking and tennis are also available on the estate. Each of the 132 luxurious bedroooms and suites are spacious, very thoughtfully equipped and, of course, ensuite.
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