Western Gailes Golf Club

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4.3
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 7014
Slope 140
Rating 0.0
Type
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Champ 71 7014 yards 140
Medal 71 6640 yards 137
Standard 71 6106 yards 132
Forward 71 5441 yards 126
Scorecard for Western Gailes Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 75.0/140 310 434 387 417 500 498 198 393 336 3473 349 477 470 154 592 194 428 470 407 3541 7014
White M: 74.0/137 309 434 369 355 453 498 171 365 336 3290 348 445 436 141 562 194 404 443 377 3350 6640
Yellow M: 71.0/132 303 404 312 332 430 470 153 350 296 3050 305 415 403 131 527 167 358 407 343 3056 6106
Green W: 68.0/126 299 397 286 325 408 404 141 258 288 2806 228 351 349 125 425 161 310 399 287 2635 5441
Handicap 13 3 11 9 1 5 15 7 17 14 2 8 18 6 16 10 4 12
Par 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 1897
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Caddies Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Switch/Maestro
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Visitors may not wear jeans or collarless shirts while on the course or in the clubhouse.

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5.0
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather

Excellent Links

This is one of those places you may not of heard of but is well worth the visit. An absolute must play course, and I am saying that after a round of non stop wind and rain. Pot bunkers, burns, greens tucked into the swales, this course has it all. Cheaper than most and they throw in a free lunch! Easily accessed from anywhere on the Ayrshire coast. It has moved into my top ten list!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

A must-play in Scotland

One local told me this was his favorite course in Scotland and after playing it I can see why. One gorgeous hole after another on a true links course set seaside. Tom Watson said the par 3 seventh was his favorite hole in Scotland, but I just liked the overall flow of the course. Keep it in the fairways and you've got a chance to score. Spray it and you'll be looking for balls. We played it on a relatively calm day, though. I would imagine in gusty weather it's a real bear, but enjoyable no matter what.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Denver Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played

Aptly Named

Been to Western Gailes twice in the last two years. Played in 2014; after 4 holes, the wind picked up to 4 clubs and it was also raining sideways. Still liked the place, nicest staff in Scotland, and came back for 36 this year. No rain, but the wind was the same. Never the less, I enjoyed Western Gailes very much; this is Scotland so wind is actually part of the experience. They have the best staff-period-in Scotland. Their locker room is very old school and greatest I have been in. Everybody from the pro shop, to the dining room to the starter who is an icon, was extremely nice. They got me going quickly, kindly moved maintenance for me on a hole, gave me a private room to dine in to watch golf- no tele in the dining room and were just the most pleasant staff in a land with pleasant people. The golf-Western Gailes is a true links experience. The unique part is that you play 4 holes out, then 9 along the shore in the opposite direction, then the last holes in the same direction you started. A nice variation from the typical out and back routing of most links courses. Beside the wind the fairways are well contoured as are the greens without becoming absurd. There is a need to move the ball in a variety of directions and playing links style shots. There is not a weak hole on the course and a few great holes are there. The par 5 6th stands out for its punchbowl green which only the brave will try to get to in two. It is situated left of the main fairway and all carry over the rough. The par 3 7th also has a great green complex protected by bunkers and plays very long into the wind. The tee box has the best view as you are able to see over the dunes. The rest of the holes are good; there are a couple with a burn in front and only 1 that people mind find quirky. I'll leave it up to you to determine which one that is and if it is quirky. There is also a nice variety of shot and long 3s and 4s, as well as dog legs left and right. A really good blend. Despite the difficult conditions, all three rounds I have played there have been completed in 3-3.5 hours.Have to love Scotland for that alone. Due to the fact that I have yet to experience less than 3-4 club wind here, I found this to be quite challenging. The longer holes play into the prevailing wind which ups the challenge. Only a seriously good player, if anybody, will shoot near their handicap in these conditions. After the round, head back to the clubhouse for a beverage and the view of the course and area. Stay for sunset. If you are doing the west coast of Scotland and plan on playing Turnberry and Troon, then add Western Gailes (as well as my favorite-Prestwick) and you have yourself a memorable time. Treatment is hard to beat and the golf is a lot of fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Must Play on the West Coast

We were staying in St. Andrews and thought we had caught a good day with the weather forecast (and the price), so we drove out to the west coast for the day. Weather had changed (Scotland) and we had a 3 club wind with temp around 54. Had a great caddie and staff couldn't have been nicer. Wonderful links layout and in excellent condition, but a tough challenge even if the wind wasn't 25-30mph.. Makie sure you put this one on your list.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Northern Ayrshire Gem

Staff are friendly and very helpful right from the start. I was provided a stroke saver with much input from the starter on shot lines and such. Magnificent links course along the sea. Tough and challenging test with only 10-15 MPH winds off the sea for this 9.5 handicap player. Easily one of the best courses in western Scotland. Enjoyed a beer after the round and admired the stunning views of Arran and Ailsa Craig from my chair in the clubhouse.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Poor weather

Sweet

Course was in terrific shape. Rain was coming down hard and wind was blowing 30-40 mph. caddie called it a 4 club wind. Great experience, worth the drive if staying at Turnberry. Caddie master even let us borrow his clubs as the airline lost mine. Excellent service, will be back on our next trip!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Underrated gem in Scotland

We played this track during a five-day golf excursion before the British Open. I knew absolutely nothing about the place beforehand, but was blown away by the stunning vistas and fun layout. Make no mistake: Western Gailes will beat you up if you're not playing well, and you better bring a few extra balls if you're a little loose off the tee. But it's a great walk and there are a lot of different ways to make pars. Afterward, I'd highly recommend a beer on the patio that overlooks the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Good weather

Proper Scottish course with a proper Scottish caddie

Played as a sixsome, each with a caddie so there were 12 people on the course all at once. There was a lot of commotion, but that didn't distract from the stunning layout. Too bad I was slapping it all over the map that day. I can remember every hole vividly, especially the par 3s. You don't hear about Western Gailes as much as, say, Royal Troon or Prestwick, but you should. It's a gem. Make sure you have a beer off the back of the clubhouse porch at the end of the day as the sun sets. Heavenly as you look out at the Firth of Clyde the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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