The Independent Golfer

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If Fife calls itself, "The Home of Golf", surely the area around Ayr is the "Home of the British Open." It was here, on the Prestwick Course in 1860, the a group of golfers from around Scotland first teed it up to determine who win a red Moroccan leather belt as the prize and be crowned the Champion Golfer of the country.

Though the Open is no longer contested at Prestwick, this area is the only in Scotland blessed with TWO active venues for the Championship - Troon and Turnberry. Further, strung out along the Ayr coastline you will find a considerable number of very high quality courses, enough to keep an Independent Golfer happy for a very long time.

Courses of the British Open

  • Royal Troon - Old Course – This will again, in 2016, be the host course for the British Open. Who will follow in the footsteps of former winners like Palmer, Weiskopf, Watson, Calcacecchia, Leonard and Hamilton? Though not contesting The Open, The Independent Golfer can certainly play in those footsteps as well, but it is good to know that you are required to pay for and play both their championship course and their second, Portland, course. Further, visitors may only play from 9:30 to 11:00 and 2:30 to 4:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Turnberry - Ailsa Course – What Independent Golfer has not watched The Open on television, enthralled with views of Lang Wang, the course's only par-5, the landmark white lighthouse behind the 12th tee and the iconic Ailsa Craig just 11 miles off the coast. And during the watching, who doesn't remember the triumphs of past Open Champions like Norman, Watson, Price and Cink. We all want to play these grounds but, its good to know that, If you do not stay at their Resort Hotel you cannot reserve tee times until two weeks before you want to play. By then, the chance that times will be available is small. Still, you can always try.

Other World Class Courses

Hidden Gems


  Golf Courses Around Ayr  

Courses in Central Ayrshire

Courses in Northern Ayrshire
Courses in Southern Ayrshire
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