For those of you who love nothing more than a round of golf on a fantastic course, then golf holidays in Scotland are the obvious choice. With so many great courses across the length and breadth of the country, you really are spoilt for choice. But few command more attention in Scotland than the Turnberry golf course, now owned by billionaire businessman Donald Trump.
The golf club at Turnberry, which is just 2 miles from our holiday park, has three courses – the championship Ailsa course, which has hosted The Open Championship on four occasions – most recently in 1994 and 2009 – and also the Senior Open Championship in 2006 and 2012 and the Women’s British Open in 2002 and 2015. The other two courses are the Kintyre Course and the nine-hole Arran Course.
In reality, however, playing fees at Turnberry reflect the exclusivity of the resort and many amateur golfers find playing the dozens of other top quality courses more enjoyable – and affordable. And there are plenty to choose from nearby that are of such high quality they will leave you wanting to take up the sport professionally! From links courses with stunning coastal views, to parkland courses set in lush woodland valleys, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If golf holidays in Scotland are for you, then a stay at Turnberry Holiday Park makes perfect sense. We are close to some of Scotland’s finest courses. Here’s our top 10 favourite courses nearby….
Girvan Golf Course:
This popular links and parkland course has remained largely unchanged since it was designed by James Braid to take advantage of the same stunning views of Ailsa Craig as its illustrious neighbour at Turnberry. At 5,000 yards, this par 64 course is not the longest but clever course management is the key to success here.
Maybole Golf Course
This parkland course is a little easier than its links cousins and is perfect for beginners or those seeking a relaxing round of golf. This par 66 course has few hazards and its fairways are generous. As you venture round you will enjoy uninterrupted views of the Carrick and Scottish countryside.
Fullarton golf course
Fullarton is an inland links course and has undulating fairways and small greens. Watch out for the strategically-placed bunkers, which always seem to catch you out! This course is shorter than most, thanks to its eight par 3 holes and one hole over 400 yards. It’s perfect for beginners or if time is tight, with an average round taking 3 hours.
Dalmilling golf course
This parkland course is set in the very heart of Burns’ country. This par 69 course provides a challenge but its open fairways mean that a decent score is achievable, if you’re not a single handicap player! Here you can also warm up with a short game practice area and putting green and you can also hire equipment from the pro shop.
Irvine golf course
Regarded as one of Britain’s best golf course for under £100, Irvine is one of Scotland’s golfing hidden gems. It owes much of its character to celebrated course designer James Braid. This par 71 course is over 6,400 yards and has all the attributes you’d expect from links golf: tight fairways, blind shots and fast greens!
Lochgreen golf course
Lochgreen is a par 71 course and is a historical Open qualifier. One of its claims to fame is that it was where Jack Nicklaus qualified for his first ever Open Championship. Lochgreen is widely regarded as one of the best of the three Troon links courses and visitors here can expect a unique and varied mix of links and parkland holes. The best of both worlds, perhaps.
Ravenspark golf course
Ravenspark is located just two miles from Irvine town centre and has the feel of a parkland course. It is mostly flat but has a links feel to a number of holes and provides a challenge to every level of golfer. The course plays quite long at par 71 and is over 6,400 yards.
Belleisle Park is home to two fantastic courses – Belleisle and Saefield. Retaining much of their original design, these classic courses wind their way through the Belleisle Estate. Belleisle is a respected championship course and its sister course at Seafield also offers a unique challenge to golfers. They combine a stunning landscape and spectacular views.
Prestwick St Cuthberth
This parkland course plays to par 70 and, with nine dogleg holes, accuracy of the tee is as crucial as length. This course has a collection of cunningly sloped greens while others are split onto two tiers, which can provide a real challenge for golfers. You are sure of warm welcome here and, should you wish to play the other course at Prestwick, you can even obtain a pass for all 3.
Brunston Castle Golf Club is an 18-hole Championship parkland course, which also has a putting green and driving range – perfect for warming up before you hit the first tee. After your round enjoy a drink on the balcony as you watch the other golfers come home down the final fairway.