Monday 30 August 2010

Gailes Links Great Ayrshire Golf Deal

Glasgow Golf Club's Ayrshire course, Gailes Links (known to many as Glasgow Gailes) are offering a great value deal with their Gailes Links offer  -  you can now book a tee time for only £160 up to 30th September which for four golfers represents a saving of £30 per person. The offer is available Monday to Friday between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

From 1st to 31st October 2010 the price drops to £140.

You can book online at the Gailes Links website and reservations can also be made on  0141 942 2011 or email

Wednesday 25 August 2010

Prestwick Open Championship 1925 Canvases

A selection of canvases featuring images of The Open Championship 1925 at Prestwick Golf Club are available to purchase via the professional David Fleming at the Pro Shop. Canvases currently range from 40" x 20" inches to 40"x 30" inches for more information and to order please call +44 (0) 1292 479 483.

Monday 23 August 2010

Barassie Junior Champion Crowned

The image shows Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club's newly crowned Junior Club Champion, David Wilson receving the trophy from Captain David Miller. 

Superb rounds of 79 and 72 saw him tie on 151 with Euan Walker. However, one under par on the three-hole playoff, saw him take the title for the first time.

Sunday 22 August 2010

New Club Champion for Barassie

It was Club Championship weekend at Barassie and newly crowned Club Champion (and immediate past captain) Robbie Faulker is seen receiving the trophy from current Captain David Miller. 

It is also significant Los Hombres are partnered in the Coronation Cup (the foursomes competition) and are at the semi-final round. Another title for Robbie? ...don’t bet against it!!

Thursday 19 August 2010

Turnberry Green Fees - Ailsa and Kintyre

We've been asked a few times recently how you can get on to Turnberry's Open Championship course The Ailsa host of the 2009 Open Championship so we thought we'd publish a brief overview. You can always visit the Turnberry Resort site for further information

Now more than ever guests not staying at the resort will enjoy great special offers on afternoon tee times on The Ailsa. Visitors can now book Tee Times after 3pm any time in advance.

To make a reservation please call +44.1655.334.032 or email 

(H) Hotel Guest (V)Visitors

The Ailsa Course

1st of May - 31st of September - £150 (H); £190 (V)     
1st of October - 31st of October  - £90 (H): £110 (V)      
1st of November - 31st of March - £75 (H); £90 (V)       

The KintyreCourse

1st of May - 31st of September - £100 (H); £130 (V)     
1st of October - 31st of October - £65 (H); £85 (V)     
1st of November - 31st of March - £50 (H); £70 (V)    

Includes 1 round on the Ailsa course and 1 round on the Kintyre course. Applies to hotel guests only.One visit only and cannot be carried forward to the next visit
1st of May - 31st of September - £220
1st of October - 31st of October - £130
1st of November - 31st of March - £115

Other fees:
Caddie: £40 per person plus gratuity at own discretion
Club hire: £70 per person per day / £50 per person per round / £30 per person for 9 holes

The Ailsa Sunset Rates
What could be more perfect than a round on the legendary Ailsa in the pure, clear light of a long summer evening? Then, when the last putt has been sunk, head to the Duel in the Sun bar to reflect on the day's play.
  •     £90 per person on The Ailsa
  •     £50 per person on The Kintyre
  •     Available daily from 3pm onwards

Book any time in advance, call +44.1655.334.032

The Great Golf Experience
Turnberry is links golf at its most challenging, it's most exciting. And now you can experience it twice over on this special golfing package.The Great Golf Experience includes:

  •   Two nights accommodation
  •   Daily full Scottish breakfast
  •   Daily three course dinner
  •   One round of golf per person on both the Championship Ailsa and Kintyre courses
  •   Complimentary High Speed Internet Access
  •   Twin/double occupancy

The Links Unlimited
Ideal for a group of 12 or more golfers, The Links Unlimited allows exclusive use of a lodge at Turnberry offering six to eight bedrooms and a large living room area.Only a short chip away from the matchless Ailsa and Kintyre links golf courses. The Links Unlimited includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in a classic lodge room
  • Full Scottish breakfast in the clubhouse
  • Complimentary room hire for a private lunch or dinner
  • One pre-bookable round on The Ailsa
  • Unlimited play on The Kintyre Course

From £175 per person, based on twin occupancy

Family Golf Tuition
The Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy offers a unique teaching proposition: rather than impose a whole new way of playing on students the pros will nurture each individual's ability and concentrate on one or two critical areas.

Enjoy a one hour lesson with family or friends using the state of the art teaching and practice facilities of the Academy.
  • £99 for up to five people
  •  Available daily

Wednesday 11 August 2010

New Wedding Reception Suite for Turnberry

Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland, has unveiled a new wedding reception suite that boasts one of the most inspiring and romantic backdrops in the UK.

The Turnberry Suite combines a five-star quality wedding destination for up to 200 people with stunning ocean views over the Irish Sea, Ailsa Craig and the mountains of Arran.

Direct access to a large private terrace offers space for wedding parties to enjoy an alfresco champagne reception while the sun sets. This stunning wedding venue also offers an array of photo opportunities throughout the 800 acre estate, from dramatic locations at the Turnberry lighthouse and on the steps of the hotel to warm and intimate settings in front of the log burning fires in the The Grand Tea Lounge.

The venue is fresh, spacious and ideally suited for wedding receptions. A series of floor-to-ceiling windows flood the venue with natural light and offer direct access to the terrace.

The choice of ocean-view suites are the perfect setting for the happy couple to relax in style after their big day. Generous in size, opulent in design, the suites offer all the thoughtful touches you might wish for, including large, walk-in shower with separate bathtub and, enticing Arran Aromatics toiletries.

Offering special accommodation rates for wedding guests, Turnberry has 198 guest rooms including 42 newly renovated deluxe rooms and four lavish ocean-view suites in main hotel, as well as 12 lodges with eight bedrooms and six bedrooms on the estate.

Prices for weddings at Turnberry of 50 or more people start from only GBP80 per person, including:
  • Turnberry Suite room hire
  • Three course wedding breakfast
  • Optional drinks package (half bottle wine and 2 glasses of sparkling wine per person)
  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation for the Bride & Groom in a deluxe ocean-view bedroom with VIP amenity
  • Flowers for table centre pieces, menu cards, place cards and table plans
  • Table linen and chair covers
  • Cake stand and knife
  • Microphone and speakers
To speak to a member of Turnberry's dedicated wedding team, please telephone 01655 333 996, e-mail or visit

If  you're looking for wedding availability in Ayrshire you can book your rooms directly with Scotland's For Me Online

Tuesday 10 August 2010

Home of The Open Seeks New Secretary

Prestwick Golf Club, the home of The Open Championship, is seeking a new Club Secretary ahead of the upcoming retirement of the current Secretary after 15 years.

The job, one of the most prestigious in golf, will be advertised from this week and applications are expected from across the UK.

With the current Secretary retiring at the turn of the year after 15 years at the helm, the successful candidate will take up the appointment at the start of 2011.
This summer, the world renowned golf club is hosting the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the first Open Championship which was played at Prestwick in 1860. Invited guests include all living Open Champions and Captains of all the Clubs which have hosted The Open.

Peter Graham, Chairman of Prestwick Golf Club, said, “This is one of the most prestigious jobs in golf and we are expecting a great deal of interest from across the whole of the UK. Having hosted the first 12 Open Championships, Prestwick has a special place in the history of golf and as such, the Club’s Secretary has a high profile role within the game.

“We are looking for someone who can represent Prestwick at the highest levels within the game at the same time as ensuring the smooth running of the Club on a daily basis and we are confident the calibre of applicants will be high.

“We are extremely grateful to our outgoing Secretary, Ian Bunch, for his dedication and commitment to Prestwick Golf Club over the last 15 years and for all his hard work on the 150th Open Championship Anniversary celebrations this summer.”

The advertisement for the Secretary can be downloaded here and is being advertised in numerous publications from this week.

Monday 9 August 2010

Archerfield to Host Hickory Golf Event

According to Martin Dempster in The Scotsman Archerfield Links has been added to the venues for this year's World Hickory Open in East Lothian.
It will stage the event, being supported for the first time by the Scottish Golf Union, along with Musselburgh Old Links, Craigielaw and Gullane No.2 & No.3.

"The new course selection, the rapidly growing popularity of the hickory game and the presence of at least three National Hickory Champions, is assurance that this year's Open will attract a record field," said tournament chief Lionel Freedman.

"This tournament is for professionals and amateurs alike, which adds another unique dimension to the event."

The event takes place on 20-24 September and early entries include current national hickory champions, Mike Stevens from the United States, Owe Werner from Sweden, Perry Somers from Australia, Ian Forrester from Holland and Marc Amort from Schloss Langenstein in Germany.

"It provides a great opportunity to take a step back in time and see how golf was played prior to modern technology," said Hamish Grey, Chief Executive of the Scottish Golf Union. "I'm sure it will be a great occasion for hickory fans from Scotland and all over the world."

British Boys Championship Arrives in Ayrshire

The R&A have rolled into town with two of Scotland's West Coast Links golf courses joint hosting the British Boys Amateur Championships.

Practice started on Sunday morning at Barassie and Dundonald with the Strokeplay Qualifying teeing off on Tuesday morning.

Visitors are welcomed along to both clubs to watch the proceedings and you can download the full start list for Tuesday and Wednesday play here. The draw will be published on a daily basis on this blog for the Matchplay sections from Thrusday onwards.

Barassie are publishing their images from the event directly onto their Facebook pages at

Friday 6 August 2010

Prestwick St Nicholas - The Perfect 19th Hole?

Once you've finished your round at Prestwick St Nicholas - and particularly if the final three holes have left you traumatised - what better way to round off the day with a post match meal in one of the most splendidly located golf club restaurants in the country.

With views across the Firth of Clyde to Arran, the sunsets can be truly magnificent and are complemented by the excellent menu and wine list on offer.

So next time you're playing at Prestwick St. Nicholas, make sure you extend the dinner invitation to the non playing members of your group and be sure of an excellent dining experience.

Find out more about Prestwick St Nicholas with Scotland's West Coast Golf Links.

Sunset Golf on The Ailsa at Turnberry

What could be more perfect than a round on the legendary Ailsa Course at Turnberry on Scotland's West Coast in the pure, clear light of a long summer evening?

Sunset rates apply this year from 3.00pm daily from only £90 per person on The Ailsa and £50 on The Kintyre.

This represents truly wonderful value for money and an opportunity to play what is arguably the most attractive and scenic of all The Open Championship venues

Email Turnberry or call 00 44 (0)844 811 3311 to book your tee time and visit Scotland's West Coast Golf Links to discover more about the magic of Turnberry

Prestwick Pro Shop marks 150th Open Anniversary

2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the first Open Championship that was played at Prestwick Golf Club. To celebrate the occasion The Professional's Shop at Prestwick Golf Club have introduced an exclusive Open Championship range of merchandise. 

This new range incorporates "Birthplace of The Open Championship" as well as the official claret jug logo only available at Open Championship host venues.

In addition David Fleming recently commissioned a series of 1925 Open Championship canvas prints representing the last time the championship was held at the course.

The images were lovingly recreated from original prints and now are available on 40" x 30" box canvas as a collectible piece of Scottish golf  memorabilia exclusively from the Pro Shop - telephone 01292 479483 or visit the Prestwick Pro Shop Store

Late Availability at Royal Troon

At the time of writing there's a late availability offer at the magnificent Royal Troon Golf Club on the Ayrshire coast next week for two four balls on the 17th of August playing both the Championship course and the Portland.

You can reserve these and other times on-line at The Royal Troon Bookings page or find out more about this famous Open Championship golf course at Scotland's West Coast Golf Links.

Afternoon Golf Offers at Barassie

Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club near Troon in Ayrshire are currently readying themselves for a week's hosting of the prestigious British Boys Championship with young golfers from across Europe descending on the course to vie for the title.

However whilst the course may be closed to visitors from the 8th to the 14th of August when it reopens you can take advantage of the fantastic condition of the course at a 20% discount on afternoon green fees.

Subject to availability golfers can get 20% off the green fee between 2pm and 3.30pm Sunday to Friday during August and September.

Simply call Barassie Golf Reservations on 01292 313920 and find out more about this great Ayrshire golfing venue on Scotland's West Coast Golf Links

Dundonald Links Last Minute Offers

Dundonald Links, the Kyle Phillips designed links course on the Ayrshire Coast will this week be hosting the qualifying strokeplay rounds along with neighbour Barassie Links for The British Boys Championship.

Whilst the course will not be availble fro play from the 8th to the 11th there are still available tee times at great special offer prices either side of the Boys' event

You can get a round on Dundonald Links at the following times for only £50.00 Per Player
  • Friday 6 August - 12.30 p.m. till 3.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 7 August - 1.00 p.m. till 3.00 p.m.
  • Thursday 12 August - 8.00 a.m. till 10.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. till 3.00 p.m.
  • Friday 13 August - 8.00 a.m. till 10.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. till 3.00 p.m.
Quote "Summer Web Offer" at time of booking and call 01294 314000.

Western Gailes Video

The importance of video footage is increasing dramatically in the hospitality sector and it can be seen in golf course marketing as well. What better way to showcase a links golf course than with a well produced video. In these days of increasing importance of social media video footage taken by your visitors can be loaded up onto YouTube and even embedded back into your own site without too much technical knowledge.

Anyway, Western Gailes have a great piece of video on their site which if you're thinking of visiting is well worth a watch.

For more information on Western Gailes visit their page on Scotland's West Coast Golf Links

Gailes Links Summer Golf Packages

Gailes Links is owned and managed by Glasgow Golf Club, the 9th oldest golf Club in the world. This Championship Qualifying course is well placed in Ayrshire, close to the legendary Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick Golf courses.

The club created a completely new website for 2010 separating the Glasgow Golf Club site from the Gailes Links. The new site now offers online booking for Gailes Links course using the BRS system. The system allows visitors to book and manage their tee times and additionally gives tour operators access to do the same for their clients.

If your looking  for more information on the club you can visit the dedicated page on Scotland's West Coast Golf Links or perhaps you could take advantage of their summer golf package.