51 Western Gailes

Architect: Unknown
Stats: 6,640 yds, par 71, SSS 74
GF: £65-£125
Visitor information: Visitor days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with limited times in summer at the weekend
W: westerngailes.com
2008 Ranking: 46 (Down 5)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: No significant changes
Clubhouse: No significant changes

Western Gailes lies on a slender links strip, never more than two holes wide, between railway and beach near Irvine. Several greens close to the sea nestle in natural shallow amphitheatres in the dunes, while meandering burns add to the test, particularly on the 8th, 10th, 13th and 16th where they cross in front of the greens.

Panellists’ comments: “A solid, rhythmic loop that ticks all the boxes”; “Great views of the hills of Arran from the course and clubhouse”

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