Following the success of the East Lothian competition, the Links Golf Cup Ayrshire was launched in 2015. Known throughout golf as ‘The birthplace of The Open Championship’ and boasting 3 Open venues and 5 of the UK’s Top 100 Courses, this stretch of coastline really is a must visit for any golfer.
“Ayrshire is home to some first class golf courses and is known throughout the world as the birthplace of The Open having staged the first championship at Prestwick in 1860. I am delighted that the Links Golf Cup will be returning to our region next September and I look forward to seeing who comes out on top.”
“I entered the Links Golf Cup Ayrshire with my brother Doug and we both had a fantastic week. The four courses were excellent, particularly Dundonald Links, and the organising team did a fine job of ensuring everything ran smoothly. Off the course, it was nice to meet some like-minded people and we enjoyed the social side too.”
“This was our first visit to the Links Golf Cup Ayrshire and we had a very memorable week. It was a treat to play the courses and the event was very well run from start to finish. We hope to be back next year and bring a few others from our golf club with us!”
“Having played a wide variety of Open competitions, I can say that both the Links Golf Cup Ayrshire and East Lothian are brilliantly enjoyable as well as offering a great opportunity to play world class courses. I can’t wait for the next one!”
Western Gailes tests all lovers of links golf to the limit and provides a magnificent start to the week. The course follows the natural contours of the land and presents a fair and interesting challenge. The Clubhouse offers stunning views across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and beyond. After the round, you have the opportunity to attend our Welcome Drinks Reception to get to know some of your fellow golfers and share stories of the day.
A warm welcome awaits our competitors at Gailes Links for Round 2. 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.
After two competitive days on the links, Wednesday provides an opportunity to play socially or maybe to put the clubs away and take in the sights and scenery of the Ayrshire coast. Those who want to play have plenty of options to choose from – including previous Open venues Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick.
Our golfers return to competitive action at Barassie Links – a course which has staged a number of R&A and PGA events down the years, including Open Final Qualifying and the Boys Amateur Championship. With undulating fairways, blooming heather and punishing bunkers, Barassie features all of the traditional hazards of true Scottish links golf. Will you be able to move up the leaderboard ahead of tomorrow’s final round?
Having staged many notable events in its short history including the 2016 Ladies Scottish Open, Dundonald Links is a fitting venue to play host to our final round. Our top 30 competitors will tee off in leaderboard order with the leaders out last – ensuring that the tension holds throughout the day. In the evening, after the final putt has been holed, our Presentation Dinner will commence round the corner at the Gailes Hotel with some fantastic prizes up for grabs.
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 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 3 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 4 venue
2017 Scottish Open venue
2015 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 Links Golf Cup competitors discounted room rates when staying in the area for the week of the event. These preferential rates are only available when booking through Hybrid Golf, the event organisers, and not directly with the hotels themselves.
Conveniently located for our four courses as well as the towns of Troon, Ayr and Irvine, Gailes Hotel offers distinctive modern accommodation with a boutique feel. All rooms come with plasma screens and internet access, plus warm décor ensuring home from home luxury.
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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 offering menu choices to suit every taste.
Rates for B&B at Old Loans Inn vary depending on room options, email firstname.lastname@example.org for full details.
> 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 – 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 will 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 allowance is 24 for men and 36 for ladies – 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.