Scotland is home to many of the world’s finest courses. In addition to the many Open Championship venues and bigger name courses, it is also home to some great courses which many people may not be aware of. I would consider Western Gailes to be one of the best ‘hidden gems’ around; situated about 10 minutes from Troon, the course is a true test of links golf and one which I consider to be a ‘must play’ if you spend any time in the Ayrshire area. Turnberry, Troon and Prestwick are all within striking distance of the course.
Normally I struggle to enjoy a golf course if I play badly, but Western Gailes is one of the few exceptions to my rule. I remember being 6 over par and 3 balls lighter after 4 holes when I played, I also managed to break my pull cart (not through anger!) yet still managed to enjoy my round. My fingers are crossed for another chance to play there this year and I will definitely be putting in some hours on the range to iron out my erratic driving.
By Gary Sheppard. Gary has been with PerryGolf for over 3 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.