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Without any views of the water, the Gailes Links at Glasgow Golf Club tends to be overlooked by golfers touring Scotland's west coast. It's not so easily dismissed by the R&A, however. The Gailes Links has been named the only Scottish links that will host the final Open Championship qualifier for four consecutive years, beginning in 2014. Long grass and gorse pinches its fairways. With only two par 5s and three par 3s, players must churn out pars on one tough par 4 after another for a decent score.
On Scotland's west coast near Glasgow, Dundonald Links is ready for AAM Scottish Open on the European Tour. View photos of this Kyle Phillips design.
Although it doesn't have a history of Open Championships, Western Gailes Golf Club still seduces golfers into loving this narrow links just as much -- if not more -- than its prestigious neighbors, Royal Troon and Prestwick. Founded in 1897, Western Gailes serves as a qualifying site whenever the Open visits Royal Troon or Turnberry. It plays every bit as tough as other Open venues when the wind kicks up.
Dundonald Links might be young compared to its historic neighbors -- Royal Troon, Western Gailes and Prestwick -- but the site does have some interesting history. There was an early course named the Dundonald Golf Club from 1911-1936 before the land was taken over by the military. Architect Kyle Phillips brought golf back here, creating a 7,100-yard modern links that opened in 2003. He uses wide fairways cut through man-made dunes to make players feel confident before tightening the shot-making demands on the approach.
Dundonald Links, which opened in 2003, often flies under the radar. Look for that to change as it hosts the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
The links of Ayrshire along the west coast of Scotland were created for well heeled vacationers traveling by train from Glasgow and Edinburgh more than a century ago. Many of the railway stops have been lost to history, but the cherished links live on. Of the dozen or more links courses in Ayrshire, Jason Scott Deegan offers up the five best places to tee it up for a trip to remember.
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