A true links that has been used for Final Qualifying for The Open Championship on many occasions, Western Gailes offers a tough but fair test.
The course’s reputation as one of Scotland’s finest has spread far and wide, with visitors coming from all over the world to enjoy it’s challenge. Past visitors have also included some of the game’s legends – Harry Vardon, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player, Tom Watson and Rory McIlroy have all been tested by this classic links.
Set on a strip of land between the railway line and the sea, the course heads northwards for the first four holes before turning back along the beach. This stretch is particularly special, with the winding 6th, stunning 7th and dogleg 11th perhaps the most memorable. The final five are played back towards the impressive clubhouse along the railway line. This looped layout of the course means that golfers need to pay attention to the wind direction at all times.
The fairways, as you would expect on a genuine Scottish links, are nicely undulating and burns come into play on a number of times throughout the round. The greens have been situated in amongst the natural contours, and have enough subtle breaks to keep golfers on their toes.