Gailes which opened for play in 1892 lies on a marvellous stretch of links land on the Ayrshire coast and was designed by Willie Park of Musselburgh a former open championship winner. Willie kept his designs simple. He wasn’t a believer in creating greens with dramatic slopes , did not much favour ‘blind’ shots, and particularly in the case of Gailes, left the glorious heather and gorse untouched. He always believed Gailes to be one of his best creations; generations since believe he was right.
With its undulating fairways, fine greens and subtle qualities, it is an honest test of golfing skills in true links fashion.
Less than an hour from Glasgow, Gailes is a challenging links course – tough and traditionally Scottish – consistently selected by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews as a final qualifying venue for the Open Championship. The course has been used every time the Open has been played at Royal Troon and Turnberry.
|Address:||Gailes, Irvin, Ayrshire, KA11 5AE, Scotland|
|Course Architect:||Willie Park Junior|
|Practice Facilities:||Putting green|
|Guest Locker Rooms:||Yes|