Western Gailes Golf Club
Coursetype: Traditional Scottish Championship Links Course, undulating fairways, classic finely contoured links style greens, burns and bunkers.
Number Of Holes: 18
Yardage: From the white tees 6640 yards
Bar/Restaurant: Bar and catering services available in the clubhouse with views over the course from the dining room, for availability best to check the visitors section on the Western Gailes website
Drinks/Snacks: Comprehensive snack menu available available. Not on a Saturday
Changing Facilities: The Ladies and Gents locker rooms provide changing facilities for the visitor
Shower Facilities: Showers available, towels are provided
Scorecard and layout
Western Gailes Golf Club Scorecard and Course layout. Click or Tap Image to see full size
Pro-Shop: No pro shop however the club shop sells leading brands golf merchandise and branded club goods
Golf Club Hire: Titleist Golf Clubs available to hire, best to pre book
Buggy Hire: Buggies available for those with medical reasons only, must be pre booked and caddie to drive. Caddies can be arranged, must be pre booked
Trolley Hire: Pull trolleys available to hire
Practice Area: Small short game practice area available
Putting Practice: Large practice putting green available
Location and Route Planning
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In their Words…….
The club dates its history back to 1897 and offers the golfer a blend of the traditional and modern. The course presents a fair challenge with very few “blind” shots. The architect has used the natural contours of the land but has also been severe in the placement of bunkers. Major hazards include the beach to the west of the course, the railway line to the east, three burns and a testing breeze off the Firth of Clyde.
The course is highly rated in various league tables of worldwide courses. It has frequently been used for final qualifying for the Open at Royal Troon and Turnberry and has hosted the Curtis Cup and eight Scottish Amateur Championships
The reputation of Western Gailes as one of the game’s finest and more exacting courses has spread worldwide as evidenced by its numerous visitors from around the world including golfing legends from this and the last century. The great Harry Vardon arrived at Western Gailes in June 1903 celebrating his fourth Open victory. In 1923 its attractions were being lauded by the then US Open Champion Gene Sarazen who played the course with three other outstanding professionals.
The course is never other than an excellent test of true links golf. Any change in the strength or direction of the wind, that usually varies between south-westerly and north-westerly off the adjacent Firth of Clyde, provides new challenges that are compounded by the undulating terrain and finely contoured greens cleverly located and set in the folds of the surrounding sand dunes.
Together with the line of dunes running down the coastal stretch from the 5th to the 13th holes, the out of bounds wall from the 14th onwards, the plentiful supply of pot bunkers plus the meandering burns, all combine to present variety and a memorable challenge.
But it’s not just the course that makes Western Gailes so special, from the moment you step into the clubhouse you will relish the day ahead. The entrance is warm and welcoming, while the main hall indicates the pleasures that lie ahead, which sits above the links with views across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and beyond, is the perfect place to relax after testing your skills on the course.Western Gailes Golf Club