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“A Hidden Gem & Must Play”

Western Gailes Golf Club
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Reviewed 3 November 2012

Playing Western Gailes on a very breezy day gave us a true test of our golf skills. The winds required our caddies to regularly adjust our club selections. The course is a classical links course along the Scotish coastline with wonderful views. Demands and challenges abounded with undulating fairways, sand dunes, berms, bunkers, hidden greens, and plenty gorse in which to lose balls. The day we played the wind was very strong and the weather changed from overcast to clear, to a rain shower, to clear again. So glad I wore my rain gear as it helped a lot against the strong cool wind and saved time trying to put it on when the showers came. The caddies were terrific giving great guidance on how to play each hole, read putts, and locate balls. We had a terrific day of golf on this over one 100 year old course. Western Gailes is a “hidden gem” that should not be overlooked when playing in Scotland’s Ayeshire/Prestwick /Irvine area. Lunch afterward in the Clubhouse was excellent and we learned even more of the course’s exciting history. We highly recommend caddies for playing the course.

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Reviewed 15 October 2012

From your arrival through your change and warm up, from the 1st tee to the 18th green, to the clubhouse, catering and departure there is very little to fault Western Gailes.

If you like your golf played over a quirky, demanding links layout then this is right up there with the best in the UK. Having played a calm Royal Troon the previous day we had a stark reminder of just how difficult links golf can be. The course demands straight hitting, plenty of planning and the ability to really read a green. Anything offline from the tee, fairway or green will be punished - hit it into the rough and more often than not you'll be reloading. Some truly great holes notably the par 5 6th and the par 3 7th.

Off the course the clubhouse oozes tradition from the grand locker room to the dining room.

Hugely recommended.

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Reviewed 29 July 2012

Very difficult course . Dry and windy when other courses waterlogged. A little formal . Take plenty medium priced balls

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Reviewed 18 July 2012

After a week in St. Andrews, we went to Western Gailes for our last round before flying out of Glasgow. There are very limited visitor tee times so reserve early. We were concerned that this might be a somewhat "stuff" place, but the staff and members were extremely friendly. We arrived early and they got us out a little early, ahead of a large group. The caddies were very good and made the round more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend taking at least 1 caddy. Great greens, but tough to read. I would rate this as a must play course.

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Reviewed 10 June 2012

This is a must-play course if you are on the west coast and looking for the best of golf.

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