2017: ROYAL TROON AND THE WEST COAST
Royal Troon … Prestwick … Western Gailes … Shiskine … Portland …
Old Manor Hotel
We will be based at The Piersland House Hotel, pictured underneath, which is warm and hospitable and located across the street from Royal Troon.
|The Piersland House Hotel
# 37 – Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland
Shiskine is a 12-hole gem set on the west coast of Arran overlooking the Kilbrannan Sound and the Mull of Kintyre. It has been described as 'a topographical roller coaster' and though the course features only one par 5 hole, it is very testing and quirky. Blind shots are the norm and beware the sloping greens. Should the wind be blowing, you may expect some challenges and hidden hazards. When people go round this course, they tend to enjoy it so much that they go straight back out again. A great fun and magical course.
Watch the Video of the Skiskine Golf Course
#12 – Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland
#77 – Top 100 Golf Courses in the World
Founded in 1878, Royal Troon has hosted eight previous Open Championships. Bordering on the Firth of Clyde to the southwest of Glasgow, Troon features both the longest (the par-5 sixth at 601 yards) and the shortest (the par-3 eighth at 123 yards) holes in the Open rota. The Club became Royal in its centenary year of 1978 and was the last of the royal clubs to be so honored.
Several famous architects have been associated with the development of the course at it now stands. Willie Fernie, when he was club professional, James Braid, and Alistair MacKenzie of Augusta fame among them.
This is majestic links land with the back nine holes as demanding as any in championship golf. In most recent times the course has hosted the Open in 2004 and 2016, and in 2008 was the venue for the British Seniors in 2009 and is regularly used for The Scottish Amateur Championship.
Watch the Video of how to play the Royal Troon
|The Royal Troon
# 14 - Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland
Prestwick is famous as the initial originator and sponsor of The Open Championship, the oldest of golf's four major championships. The club annually staged all the Opens up to 1870, as well as the 1872 Open.
Young Tom Morris, son of Old Tom, learned his golf from boyhood at Prestwick, and captured four consecutive Opens held there from 1868 to 1872.
Old Tom Morris was the club's "Keeper of the Green, Ball and Club Maker" from 1851 to 1864. He designed and built the original 12-hole course. No more than two dozen golf clubs existed anywhere in the world at that time. Six of the original greens are still used by the present 18-hole course, which also includes three of the original holes.
Prestwick remained in The Open's rotation until 1925, hosting the championship 24 times in all, which is second only to the Old Course. The course's challenge remains intact to test the modern generation of players. Prestwick has also staged the Amateur Championship on eleven occasions.
By modern standards the holes at Prestwick make up an unusual routing, with plenty of blind shots and unusual angles to test the unwary golfer.
Watch the Video of the Prestwick Golf Club
# 15 – Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland
Western Gailes Golf Club, founded in 1897, is recognized as one of the finest and true links courses in Scotland measuring 6899 yards from the championship tees. The course has played host to the Curtis Cup, PGA Championship, Seniors and prestigious Scottish Amateur Championship.
It is also one of the final qualifying courses when The Open is played at Turnberry or Royal Troon. The clubhouse, with its view of the hills of Arran and the sharp outline of Ailsa Craig standing out from the shimmering sea, gives an instant picture of the delights Western provides and the comforts it affords to all who visit.
The reputation of Western Gailes as one of the game's finest and more exacting courses has spread world-wide. In 1903 the great Harry Vardon won the first major championship at "Western” and in 1923 its attractions were being lauded by the then US Open Champion Gene Sarazen.
The setting is imposing being situated between the railway and the sea, a fact that accounts for both being very much in play as major features. It is special amongst seaside courses that are no more than two holes wide, in having its clubhouse in a more or less central position.
Watch the Video of the Western Gailes Course
#59 - Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland
Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club is to be found on the outskirts of Troon on Scotland's west coast and has been offering the golfer a magnificent links golf challenge for over one hundred years. Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club now offers the visitor twenty-seven holes.
With the addition of nine new holes on land between Barassie and the Dundonald course, the club now has a lengthened eighteen-hole Championship Links complemented by perhaps the best nine-hole course in Scotland.
The course is challenging, but is typically what Scottish Links golf is about - large undulating greens, deep bunkers and doglegs. Kilmarnock (Barassie) again, hosted the Open Championship Final Qualifying in July 2009 and Senior Open Final Qualifying in 2012, when both Championships were played at Turnberry.
Sister Course to Royal Troon
Royal Troon's second golf course, the Portland course opened in 1895 and is more inland than its Open-hosting neighbor. A shorter and easier challenger than Royal Troon, the Portland is no easy test and there are four par-5s on the back nine.
The Portland still provides a true links challenge. The biggest surprise is the greens. They're just as good if not better than those next door. The holes gently meander over firm, crisp terrain overlooked by swathes of heather and broom and Portland is unusual in that all four of its par-5s are on the back nine. Watch out for the Stroke Index one par-4 6th and the short par-4 17th, with a burn running down the left hand side which has wrecked many a scorecard.
The course is protected by gorse and broom which shelters most of its holes, including the five par-3s on the course.
The cost is £2250 and includes:
Please book early as the group will be limited to a maximum size of 20.
- All golf (6 rounds) and pull trolleys
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Seven nights shared accommodation
- Program events
- Local transportation
- £250 single supplement if you would like your own room
Places will be given on a first-come / first-serve basis.
We are looking forward to playing with you and celebrating the longest days of the year there! Joan, Vin and Joh