Dundonald Links

4.0980294118 4.1 stars from 5 (5)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7100 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 76.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship/Black 72 7100 yards 76.3 138
Medal/Blue 72 6725 yards 74.0 138
Middle/White 72 6340 yards 71.7 135
Front/Red (W) 72 5560 yards 73.4 131

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 5 Reviews
5 stars:
1
4 stars:
4
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

5 out of 5 reviews


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MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

Designed by Kyle Phillips, who did the acclaimed Kingsbarns near St. Andrews, Dundonald is a modern links course that certainly fits to what you expect when you come to play golf in Scotland. This newer course is the host of the 2017 Scottish Open, so you know it's going to be a good test, and it was. And while it may not have the views of Kingsbarns or even nearby Western Gailes certainly, it's a really nice collection of holes, including some fairly challenging par 3s. I played this course right off the redeye, so I didn't have my best wits about me, but I still found it very enjoyable and a perfect introduction to the other eight courses I would be play. All-in-all, Dundonald Links is a first-rate Scottish links experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Super Course pity about the pace"


Rossdad's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had the pleasure of playing a superb links course. When you were on the course you felt that you were in paradise. The layout was interesting, the condition outstanding and the greens most probably the best I have played on - yes Brabazon take note.

The only disappointment was the pace of play - 5 hours 30 minutes for a 2 ball. Caught up with a 4 ball complete with 4 caddies after 3 holes. Even though they were losing balls they never thought to let us through until the 11th - would have thought the caddies from the course would have known better!!!!! Still the rest of the experience certainly made up for this. Would definitely play again especially as my son played to 2 under off the back tee's - me not so good but enjoyed the experience all the same


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Solid but unspectacular"


JeffArenson's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Denver Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2015
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played Dundonald Links about two weeks before the Ladies' Scottish Open. The good from this, the course was in amazing condition. The bad, half of the tee boxes were closed for the tournament. There were a few holes where it was the blacks or all the way up front. Not ideal for a 12 handicap. Couple that with the fact that Dundonald is one of the longer links around and this made for quite the challenging day.<br/> The staff and facilities were nice and all went well; however, I wish somebody would have told me about the tee box situation. If you are a low handicapper, you might enjoy this place more than I did.<br/> As for the golf itself. This course is inland, but does play like a links. The turf conditions are links-like and there will definitely be the shot options that a links brings. It must be noted that you will not hear nor see the sea; if you are into eye-candy it is not here. The course does loop around so there will be a variety of directions played. This is true for par 3s, 4s and 5s so your club selection will change on tee shots and approaches. There really weren't any holes which stood out as great or bad. Just a solid set up on a good course. Once again, due to the Open coming there, the conditioning on and around the greens was great. Not sure if this is always true.<br/> Over all, I would recommend the course, but considering all the options in Ayrshire, this would not be the top of my list. If you are in Ayrshire for the better part of a week and already have Prestwick, Turnberry, Troon and Western Gailes on your itinerary, this would be a good first round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Maturing into a very enjoyable modern links experience"


MattAdamsGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2015
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

A golf course is a living, growing and changing entity. Such was the case when I played the Dundonald Links almost ten years ago compared to a round last year. Located in proximity to great and historic links Kilmarnock Barassie, Glasgow and one of my favorites, Western Gailes, I came into my first round with lower expectations and they were met. At that time, Dundonald Links (originally known as Southern Gailes) was part of a recently failed golf and housing project that was bought by nearby Loch Lomond with the thought of giving it’s members a links experience to augment their brilliant and lush Tom Weiskopf design that embraces the shores of the ethereal and mysterious Loch.

My first impressions of the work of Kyle Phillips upon the sprawling property were simply that it was a dish not fully baked. Architects (and course operators) are aware that the majority of those who play their courses, particularly in the early days of significant work, will not notice what is not if you can focus their attention on what is. I sensed work awaited in drainage engineering and run off areas in particular. While these are not things of glamour, if left unchecked they can provide for a maddening array of inconsistency in ground conditions, causing some drives to bound and run (as they should on a course with the name “links” in it) or to plunge inexplicably. Given the weather of Scotland, drainage issues and run offs too severe for the common winds are troubling signs.

However, through the passage of time (and even more drama in ownership over the last few years), Dundonald Links has emerged as a highly enjoyable experience with former areas of concern corrected. From just over 6,400 yards to tipped out at 7,300 yards, Phillips has embraced a Kingsbarns design philosophy that provides for generous and creative landing areas, saving the greatest challenges for the green complexes which still fairly reward a well planned shot. Due to the aforementioned winds, the course can play much longer than the card. The par 4’s play deceptively long and I would say that the par 3’s are the true standouts of the course. The elevated par 3, 6th Hole is brilliant at 170 yards with a valley left and a pot bunker lurking amongst the seemingly safe haven of dunes behind the green.

Dundonald Links is as challenging as you choose to make it and it’s sweeping and equitable design provides for a very enjoyable modern links experience.


I recommend this course


"A modern inland links"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2015
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Architect Kyle Phillips of Kingsbarns Golf Links fame didn't have much too work with on a flat inland site without sea views, so he jumped on the bulldozer and started shaping. The result is a modern links through man-made dunes that feels artificial. You just can't replicate the authenticity of its nearest neighbor, Western Gailes, without Mother Nature's guidance.

But Phillips' expertise on links golf did ultimately reveal a solid collection of holes. The fairways are wider than the average links, so it's a good warmup course for Americans fresh off an overseas flight. Burns protect the path to the greens at no. 9 and no. 18. The 13th and 16th holes run parallel to the railroad tracks that separate the course from Western Gailes, but in opposite directions.

The 11th hole amuses and befuddles, easily rating as the most interesting moment of the day. The 120-yard par 3 rises over a marsh to an elevated green. Short shots knocked down by the wind typically end up in the hazard or in three deep front bunkers. Misses long might end up in a devilish pot bunker smaller than a bathtub. It takes the local knowledge of a caddie and the skills of a single digit to hit that green in regulation.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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