Play four rounds in Ayrshire … birthplace of The Open
Following the success of our East Lothian competition, the Links Golf Cup Ayrshire was launched in 2015. Boasting 3 Open Championship venues – including the first ever Open venue, Prestwick – and 5 of the UK’s Top 100 Courses, this stretch of coastline is a must visit for any golfer.
The competition features four outstanding courses culminating at Dundonald Links – the Kyle Phillips design which hosted the 2017 Scottish Open and Ladies Scottish Open. Robert Blair of East Renfrewshire won the 2020 event with 140 points.
Western Gailes tests all lovers of links golf to the limit and provides a magnificent start to Links Golf Cup week. The course, wedged between the railway line and the beach, follows the natural contours of the land and presents a fair and interesting challenge.
A warm welcome awaits our competitors at Barassie – a course which has staged a number of R&A and PGA events down the years. With undulating fairways, blooming heather and punishing bunkers, Barassie features all of the traditional hazards of Scottish links golf.
After two days on the links, Wednesday provides an opportunity to play socially or to put the clubs away and take in the local sights. Those who want to play have plenty of options, including previous Open venues Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick.
We return to competitive action at Gailes Links for Round 3. This Open Qualifying venue is a world-class links that attracts golfers from every corner of the globe, and it features clever bunkering and some tricky rough to negotiate.
Having staged many notable events in its short history including the Scottish Open, Dundonald Links is our final round venue. Our top 30 competitors will tee off in leaderboard order with the leaders out last – ensuring that the tension holds right to the end.
Links Golf Cup Round 1 venue
“I had heard so much praise about Western Gailes over the years that it was high on my list of must play courses. It didn’t disappoint. Beautiful holes on great land make it endlessly interesting and challenging and I look forward to my next chance to play.” Geoff Ogilvy, 2006 US Open Champion
Links Golf Cup Round 2 venue
The Barassie Championship course offers golfers a nice mix of the old and the new, with nine holes from the original course and a new nine built in 1997.
Our Links Golf Cup competitors are always delighted with the welcome that they receive from the club staff and members, and really enjoy the layout of the course.
Links Golf Cup Round 3 venue
The course is a world-class links that attracts golfers from every corner of the globe, and has been chosen by the R&A as an Qualifying course for The Open Championship. With clever bunkering and some tricky rough to negotiate, course management is often vital at Gailes Links and that will be the key to our competitors scoring well.
Links Golf Cup Round 4 venue
2017 Scottish Open venue
2015, 2016 & 2017 Ladies Scottish Open venue
Despite only opening in 2003, Dundonald Links has already established a reputation as one of Scotland’s finest. The pristine condition of the course and fantastic welcome visitors receive make it a must play for all amateur golfers.
We have teamed up with some local accommodation providers to offer our competitors discounted room rates when staying in the area for the event. Email email@example.com for full details and to book.
Conveniently located for our courses as well as the towns of Troon, Ayr and Irvine, Gailes Hotel offers modern accommodation with a boutique feel. All rooms come with plasma screens and internet access, plus warm décor ensuring home from home luxury.
Rates for B&B start at £55 per person per night.
This popular boutique hotel in the village of Loans, just outside Troon, is a great place from which to explore Ayrshire. What started out as a traditional 18th century coaching inn has been transformed into a modern, luxurious hotel with an excellent restaurant and bar.
Rates for B&B start at £55 per person per night.
The Carlton Hotel is within 5 minutes of the airport and a short drive from our courses. The hotel combines a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with a streamlined, contemporary interior, landscaped gardens, a terrace and alfresco dining areas.
Rates for B&B start at £65 per person per night.
> All competitors will play each of the four courses during the competition.
> The event is a 72 hole Stableford competition, and the player with the highest total score after four rounds will be declared the winner.
> Each round will be qualifying for handicap purposes.
> As well as prizes for overall individual scores, there will also be daily prizes, a team competition, and our unique ‘Par 3 Challenge’ played over 8 selected par 3s during the week.
> Prizes will be presented at the Presentation Dinner on Friday evening – any prize winners not in attendance must contact the organisers to claim their prize, and will be liable for any costs incurred in sending their prize to them.
> The event organisers reserve the right to amend the format of the competition should the number of entrants or weather conditions dictate.
> All entrants must be amateurs and members of recognised golf clubs, and hold an active or competitive handicap.
> Overseas entrants must provide proof of their exact handicap, which may be adjusted according to the Slope Rating of their home course.
> CDH numbers or handicap certificates must be provided before the start of the event.
> Entrants must be over the age of 18 on the date of the first round.
> Maximum handicap to play is 24 – full handicap allowance is given.
> For the Team Competition – each entrant must enter individually but may nominate a team at the time of their entry. Each team will comprise 4 golfers, of which the best 3 scores each day will count.
> A draw will be produced for each days play over the first three rounds, while the last day will see the Top 30 play in reverse leaderboard order at the back of the field.
> Should any entrant wish to withdraw from the event, a full refund (less any charges incurred) will be guaranteed up until 2 months before the start date of the event. Withdrawals after this date will receive 50% of their entry fee, unless a replacement can be found.