[Ed. note: To read about Royal Troon, the site of this week’s Open Championship, scroll down past where I open with Turnberry… Troon is the second course out of the five.]
In the southwest of Scotland–not far from Glasgow–is a historic country called Ayrshire, which is home to at least a handful of top-rate links courses. I’ve traveled to Scotland at least half a dozen times, but somehow, my trips hadn’t taken me to this area for some particular reason. I found out quickly how rich in golf history Ayrshire is and all that it has to offer from five of the best links tracks in the world.
The region is home to two courses in the Open Championship rota, Turnberry (Alisa) and Royal Troon (Old), where next summer’s Open is taking place this July, along with the birthplace of the Open Championship, Prestwick Golf Club. We also played a newer course, Dundonald, which is the links course for the prestigious Loch Lomond Golf Club, and Western Gailes, an old school, classic links track that is a favorite, must-play on the western coast of the country.