Dundonald Links, Gailes Links & Western Gailes

Discover the best of both the old and new world in Glasgow’s links golf haven…

  • Our suggested 4 night vacation package includes:

    • 4 nights B&B at South Beach Hotel 3*
    • 4 rounds of golf at Dundonald Links, Western Gailes Course, Irvine Bogside Course and Kilmarnock Barassie Course
    • Car rental (self-drive)
    • Our prices include all taxes and surcharges

    from $690 USD pp

  • Our suggested 7 night vacation package includes:

    • 7 nights B&B at South Beach Hotel 3*
    • 5 rounds of golf at Dundonald Links, Western Gailes Course, Kintyre - Turnberry, Irvine Bogside Course and Kilmarnock Barassie Course
    • Car rental (self-drive)
    • Our prices include all taxes and surcharges

    from $1085 USD pp

  • Whilst Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick are written into British Open folklore, there are plenty of other wonderful links courses along this majestic Ayrshire coastline which are far easier on the wallet! Glasgow Gailes, Kilmarnock Barassie and Western Gailes all offer tough tests and are regular Open qualifiers. Dundonald Links is a modern classic designed by Kyle Phillips of Kingsbarns fame and is ranked in Top 100 Courses in UK and Ireland. You also have the Irvine Bogside which is often likened to Prestwick. Go Play!

    Weather in West Coast Scotland

  • A 4 night suggested itinerary from $690pp

    • Day 1 – Arrive Glasgow Airport and travel straight to South Beach Hotel (Glasgow Airport to South Beach Hotel = 48mins drive)
    • Day 2 – Play golf at Dundonald Links (12 mins drive from South Beach Hotel)
    • Day 3 - Play golf at Irvine Bogside (15 mins drive from South Beach Hotel)
    • Day 4 – Play golf at Western Gailles (14mins drive from South Beach Hotel)
    • Day 5 – Play golf at Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club (7mins drive from South Beach Hotel) and RETURN TO USA

    Includes Car Rental (Self-Drive)

    Not quite what you're looking for? Speak to one of our golf specialists TOLL FREE on (+1) 844.676.GOLF to tailor your own golf vacation

    A 4 night bucket suggested itinerary from $2290pp

    • Day 1 – Arrive Glasgow Airport and travel straight to Trump Turnberry Hotel (Glasgow Airport to Trump Turnberry Hotel = 1hr12mins drive)
    • Day 2 – Play golf at Alisa Course, Turnberry (on-site)
    • Day 3 - Play golf at Royal Troon (41 mins drive from Trump Turnberry Hotel)
    • Day 4 – Play golf at Western Gailles (45 mins drive from Trump Turnberry Hotel)
    • Day 5 – Play golf at Prestwick Golf Club (39 mins drive from Trump Turnberry Hotel) and RETURN TO USA

    Includes Car Rental (Self-Drive)

    Not quite what you're looking for? Speak to one of our golf specialists TOLL FREE on (+1) 844.676.GOLF to tailor your own golf vacation

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      Newark Liberty International

      Airlines: United

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      New York John F Kennedy

      Airlines: American Airlines/US Airways

  • Handicap Restrictions
    Many of the golf courses have handicap restrictions for visiting golfers and will require to see official proof of your handicap. The primary reason for this is to ensure only seasoned golfers visit these courses and don’t hold up play.

    Caddies and Carts
    The majority of the links courses have caddies available because, traditionally, they are walking courses, however we will often need to book them in advance for you. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis.

    With regards golf carts, these can be hard to come by on the traditional links courses and in some cases do not even exist! As with caddies, please request carts at the time of booking with us and we will do our best to reserve them for you.

    Tee Times
    Many of the golf courses you will wish to play are private golf clubs and therefore have limited tee times and restrictions on visitor play. Often demand outstrips supply, so it is never too early to begin planning your golf vacation.

    Attire in Golf Clubhouses
    Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes, however we recommend taking a pair of street shoes (not sneakers) to avoid any issues.

    The Weather
    The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable, and you do need to be prepared for all kinds at any time of year. Having said that, in order to get the full UK and Ireland golf experience, every golfer should relish a dose of challenging weather at least once during their stay!

    Although it is possible to play golf year-round, we view April as the start of the season. For the avid golfer who is looking to play 36 holes (or more) in one day, June and July have the longest daylight hours with play possible until 10pm!


    Practice Facilities
    These are not quite as abundant as they are at US golf courses, and you may struggle to find a practice range (or a conveniently located one) at the great, classic links courses in the UK and Ireland. Even if you do manage to find one, don’t be surprised if you have to purchase range ball tokens from the Pro Shop and self-serve!

    Halfway Houses and Beverage Carts
    Most of these great links golf courses were designed to play nine holes out (away from the clubhouse) followed by nine holes back, with no halfway house. Be prepared to carry refreshments in your golf bag to keep you going for the whole round. Similarly, there are very few (if any) beverage/refreshment carts at these courses as it is not customary to drink alcohol whilst playing golf in the UK and Ireland.

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Joe Dent

UK & Ireland Golf Specialist

“No matter where you go along the Ayrshire coast, a great golf course is never far away, and it’s easy to put a mouth-watering trip together on a budget”

Joe Dent

UK & Ireland Golf Specialist