Chance To Play Scotland's Best

THERE'S a great way to play some of the most famous golf courses in the world.

THERE'S a great way to play some of the most famous golf courses in the world.

The Ayrshire Open Qualifying Card offers great value for money and gives golfers the opportunity of walking in the footsteps of the greatest golfers.

You can test your skills over the final Open qualifying courses of Prestwick St Nicholas, Kilmarnock Barassie, Irvine Golf Club and Westin Turnberry's Kintyre Course.

Golf Holidays Ltd, based in Troon in Ayrshire, are experienced golf tour operators and can offer the keen player some of the best golf available in Ayrshire, combining guaranteed tee times with accommodation to suit all budgets and where required, transfers.

The Open Qualifying Card is a minimum of three rounds over any combination of three of the above courses. Many golfers opt to play all four courses.

Prestwick St Nicholas may not be one of the longest courses but is a very good test requiring accurate shots to tight greens, which are reputed to be some of the best in Ayrshire.

Kilmarnock Barassie has hosted many British and European Championships over the years and is always prepared to the highest standards.

Irvine Golf Club is probably the least well known of these courses, but is fairly tricky with a number of blind shots which you have to commit yourself to or face the consequences.

Westin Turnberry Kintyre is a superb setting and one of the longer of the courses used in the qualifying card. The player requires accuracy off the tee or the ball may disappear into the whins that border most of the fairways.

Golf Holidays Ltd can offer this card separately or as part of a stay and play package, with a choice of accommodation from small bed & breakfast establishments to full leisure hotels in either Ayr or Troon and surrounding area.

Other popular choices in the area are the extremely well maintained South Ayrshire courses in Troon and Ayr, along with Girvan further down the coast.

Troon Lochgreen is where a certain young Jack Nicklaus qualified for his first Open at Royal Troon.

Another of the Troon courses is Darley, which has been labelled the fourth most difficult course in Scotland to play to your handicap.

Ayr Belleisle course is a truly magnificent parkland course, sometimes described as "The Wentworth of the North" and has hosted several Scottish Professional Tournaments at its superb location in Ayr.

Other renowned courses, all within a short drive of your accommodation, are Royal Troon, Prestwick Golf Club, Western Gailes, Glasgow Gailes, Turnberry Ailsa, West Kilbride and the relatively new championship length Dundonald course, owned by Loch Lomond Golf Club.

Golf Holidays can pre-book any of these courses for any size of party, be it a two ball or a society of 30 golfers or more.

See the Golf Holidays Ltd advert on page 34 to see what superb offers they have throughout the UK, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and the up and coming place to play golf, Tunisia.

They will be pleased to quote for your personalised golf break.


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