Western Gailes Golf Club

Irvine, Scotland

The dark horse best course on the legendary Ayrshire Coast

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Unfairly, Western Gailes is one of the least well-known of the great links of Scotland. It’s never hosted a major and it hasn’t been the cause célèbre of the architecture crowd. This is a shame. Western Gailes has all the elements of a great links – undulating fairways, shaggy dunes, a constant and strong wind, frequent burns, a two hole-wide layout squeezed between the sea and a rail line. But it doesn’t just look the part – it plays it too. It’s the sort of course you want to come back to, again and again and again.

Expert Reviews

Rankings

UK & Ireland

#34

Top 100 Golf Courses

 

#40

Today’s Golfer

 

#52

Golf Monthly

Scotland

#14

Top 100 Golf Courses

 

#16

Golf Digest

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Course Photos

Course Layout

Course Flyover

What To Know

Yardage & Tees

When to Play

Western Gailes is open year around, weather permitting. The west coast of Scotland (where Western Gailes is located) is generally wetter but also slightly warmer than the east coast.

Late spring and early summer are the drier months (although only marginally so) and August and September are the wettest. Temperatures should be comfortable between April and October. Your best bet to play Western Gailes would be May-July.

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Greens Fees
 

Month

Greens Fees

January £70 weekdays
February  £70 weekdays
March £100
April 1-14 £100
April 15-30 £140
May £140
June £175
July £175
August £175
September £175
October £140
November  £70 weekdays
December  £70 weekdays

Greens fees last verified February 2019. View them on westerngailes.com

Visitor Tee Times

Visitors can play Western Gailes the following times:

Mondays: 9 a.m to noon & 2-4:30 p.m.

Tuesdays: 2-3 p.m.

Wednesdays: 9 a.m to noon & 2-4:30 p.m.

Thursdays: 2-3 p.m.

Fridays:9 a.m to noon & 2-4:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Sundays: 2:30-4 p.m.

Book a tee time.

Rentals & Caddies

Caddies are available for £45 plus gratuity and should be requested in advance. 

Golf carts are available for £40.

Pull carts are available for £5.

Rental clubs are £35. Right and left-handed clubs are available.

Practice Facilities

Western Gailes has two practice putting greens.

Other Things To Know

Course Website

Year built: 1897

Architects: Fred Morris, with later contributions from Fred Hawtree, then Donald Steel, Tom MacKenzie and Martin Ebert.

Stay and Play: Western Gailes – along with Gailes Links and Dundonald Links – offers a package deal. Details are here.

Course guide: Check out Western Gailes online course guide here.