Dundonald Links
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Dundonald Links
Designed by Kyle Phillips of Kingsbarns fame, Dundonald is a modern links design on the west coast of Scotland. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Dundonald Links - no. 1
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Dundonald Links - no. 1
The par 72 Dundonald Links can play as long as 7,100 yards. It starts out with 460-yard par 4. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Dundonald Links - no. 7
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Dundonald Links - no. 7
The seventh at Dundonald Links is a short dogleg par 4. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Dundonald Links - no. 9
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Dundonald Links - no. 9
A burn crosses the green in front of the par-4 ninth. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Dundonald Links - clubhouse
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Dundonald Links - clubhouse
Dundonald Links will eventually build a permanent clubhouse, but operates from this one for now. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Dundonald Links - no. 11
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Dundonald Links - no. 11
The par-3 11th at Dundonald Links plays across trouble. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Dundonald Links - no. 13
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Dundonald Links - no. 13
Anything left on the train tracks of the par-4 13th at Dundonald Links is obviously unplayable. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Dundonald Links - no. 17
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Dundonald Links - no. 17
Like any good links course, the bunkers at Dundonald Links are indeed penalties Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Dundonald Links - no. 18
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Dundonald Links - no. 18
Dundonald Links ends with a par 5 that plays 560 yards from the back tee. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Dundonald Links golf course - hole 6
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Dundonald Links golf course - hole 6
The par-3 sixth hole might be the most scenic setting at Dundonald Links. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Dundonald Links golf course - 12th
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Dundonald Links golf course - 12th
The short 12th hole at Dundonald Links runs to the edge of the railroad tracks. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Dundonald Links golf course - hole 16
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Dundonald Links golf course - hole 16
The tough 16th hole runs along the railroad tracks at Dundonald Links. Courtesy of Dundonald Links

In pictures: Dundonald Links, home of the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

AYRSHIRE, Scotland -- Originally known as Southern Gailes, Dundonald Links was designed by Kyle Phillips, who also did the acclaimed Kingsbarns near St. Andrews. The young course was then purchased by the owners of Loch Lomand Golf Club in 2003, and the name was changed.

Dundonald means "Fort Donald," and fortifications have been discovered nearby dated to between 500 and 200 BC. Another golf course actually existed on the site, however it was converted by the military during World War II.

Although the course is just 15 years old, it already has history of playing host to big tournaments. It has been the site of European PGA Tour qualifying, the Boys Amateur Championship as well the Scottish Open for both the women (2015-17) as well as the men.

The course, if you will, is a manufactured links course with some nice water views, plenty of pot bunkers and ever-present wind. With a good variety of long and short par 4s, it's a challenge from any tees.

Staff reviews of Dundonald Links: Mike Bailey | Matt Adams | Jason Deegan

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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In pictures: Dundonald Links, home of the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
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