The course gets a lot more play than its neighbours and this can be seen on the tees, particularly the par 3s. However, the club house looks very cheap as well of most of the facilities. That is not intended as a criticism rather a caution for those who don't feel their game is in great shape. See other reviews from Mark White. The Takeaway: Dundonald is a modern inland links that stands worthy of its proximity to the famous seaside links courses Ayrshire is known for. Please check local covid-19 guidance before visiting. Designed by Kyle Phillips, Dundonald Links was home to the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2017. When we played on 3rd October, unfortunately the rain was coming down and it felt distinctly autumnal. Located at the very heart of Ayrshire’s golf coast lies a modern links golf masterpiece. Make no mistake, this course was designed to host tournaments, it has the space and the facilities to accommodate the top players. Dundonald Links Overview One of the big modern names in Scottish Links, there is an air of expectancy from the fabulous Dundonald Links golf course. If you like the pampering that goes with golf at the top tracks then this is the place to enjoy such millionaire’s golf for a relatively modest green fee. The new owners intend to build a Dundonald Links, Irvine, North Ayrshire. In 2012, it was the turn of the Seniors to test their skills against Dundonald’s challenges when the course played host to Senior Opening Qualifying. Price: £75. At that time, Dundonald Links (originally known as Southern Gailes) was part of a recently failed golf and housing project that was bought by nearby Loch Lomond with the thought of giving it’s members a links experience to augment their brilliant and lush Tom Weiskopf design that embraces the shores of the ethereal and mysterious Loch. Was this review helpful? The 18th is strong par 5 which demands accuracy and length off the tee to give the player any chance of reaching this well protected green in two. Dundonald is the Links course belonging to the members of Loch Lomond. The entrance to Dundonald Links is half a mile along on the left hand side. 0 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review helpful It didn’t take long for the worldwide golfing community to sit up and take notice of this fine new Ayrshire Links. Respond to above review  I found myself constantly having to think about placement on the front nine, which appears less picturesque but more strategic than the back nine. The final hole is a cracker, a par five tempting you to go for it. Was this review helpful? I would not say it is a course one to should go out of their way to play, but the service is very good and the golf course is very enjoyable to play. Dundonald Links is situated in Ayrshire on the West Coast of Scotland, a stretch of golfing terrain unrivalled in the world. It will not beat you up unless you play from the back tees as the fairways on some of the holes get narrower. 3.1K likes. Dundonald Links is one of Scotland’s finest links golf courses and sits at the heart of one of the best golf destinations in the world. It was great to watch the pros try and take this on when the Scottish Open was held here. All personnel entering the facility must: Wear a … See other reviews from RM61. The fairways are too wide and the greens were slow compared with GG and WG. Was this review helpful? Our rooms are highly versatile, as well as being bright, modern and airy.  Suites at Dundonald Links are ideal to rest and relax in between rounds, or sink back into at the end of a long day. See other reviews from GLOAGUEN. Our Par 72 course, located at the very heart of Ayrshire, offers a classic links golf experience for all to savour. Dundonald Links, Irvine, South of Scotland, Scotland, KA11 5BF. Respond to above review  It features terrain that, unsurprisingly, strongly resembles its near-neighbours Barassie and the two Gailes courses. Wonderfully laid out with super fast fairways and great greens (usual for this part of Scotland). The fairways were firm and the greens were fast and tricky, with some difficult pin positions especially on the par 3's. With a number of the lodges clustered around practice putting greens, you can hone your skills whilst also enjoying the comforts of the lodges. Featuring everything you would expect from a world class modern links course, Dundonald Links has wonderful undulations, deep rough, a generous helping of gorse bushes and unlike many traditional links courses, there are areas of the course that are framed by stunning pine trees. The highlight for me was the 9th, where I boomed a big drive downwind, carrying the fairway bunkers to leave me right in the middle of the fairway. Mar 5, 2020 #25. The 5,710-yard course, which owes its well draining nature to its gravel base, is easil... During a recent family holiday to Edinburgh an afternoon pass from the wife gave my son... Where to begin with RVGC. The golf course is set on 200 acres of prime coastal land on Scotland’s famous Ayrshire coast, home to many fine links courses, of which Dundonald is one of the most respected. The neighbouring Western Gailes GC and Glasgow (Gailes) GC (now called Gailes Links) also had memberships mainly comprising wealthy Glaswegians wanting to play golf on the Ayrshire coast. Dundonald Links . It also has a challenging course that can be stretched to test the world's best. Highly recommend a visit. As early as 2008, Dundonald was chosen as the venue for the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying School and it continued to host this important tournament until 2011. I had a favourable wind and launched a great drive, but the burn snaking round the front of the green just looked too risky so I decided that discretion was the better part of valour. Creating The Best Environmental Golf Course In Scotland. Having read the previous reviews and looking for a new course... Summary: Great course (especially the 9 holes called "Sur) but facilities have gotten o... Dundonald Links originally set out to be part of a golf and residential complex called Southern Gailes but when that didn’t happen, Loch Lomond Golf Club bought the course in 2003 and commissioned Kyle Phillips to finish the design. Was this review helpful? Very undulating greens that when the flags are in tough positions are very very tricky. Respond to above review  Respond to above review  It's all subjective but I find the GM top 100 a bit bizarre. 0 people found this review helpful Share. They enlisted California-based architect Kyle Phillips, who had recently built Kingsbarns, to create a links masterpiece right here on the Ayrshire coast. More recently, in the early 1900s, there was a golf course on the site of the current links, however, it was converted for military use during World War II … Dundonald Links was purchased by Loch Lomond Golf Club in early 2003 to provide its global Membership with a traditional links challenge. Our brand-new luxury golf lodge resort will be opening at Dundonald Links in 2021.  Our luxury lodges have been custom-designed with golfers in mind; pairing practicality with style for the ultimate in refined comfort. From dedicated equipment storage racks to the nearby putting greens, our luxury rooms are custom-designed with golfers in mind, providing the perfect place to stay and play. There is a lot to like at Dundonald and it serves as a nice second course for the members of Loch Lomond. All in all there are better and more interesting courses in the area but you will be disappointed with a day out at Dundonald. Dundonald Links is now recognised as one of Europe’s “must play” links having played host to a number of professional and amateur tournaments, including pre-qualifying for the European Tour for four consecutive years and the Senior British Open Championship. The front 9 holes are ok but personally I preferred the back 9. It’s a mirror of the treatment you get at Loch Lomond, but the course here on the Ayrshire coast is a true links layout and the polar opposite of the private layout on the shores of the famous loch. Dundonald Links | 140 followers on LinkedIn. Pods will be assigned based on availability. ‪Following today's address from the FM, we're delighted to announce Dundonald Links will re-open from Saturday 30th May, initially for members only. In addition, there is a good mixture of long and short holes, and a good mixture of straight and dogleg holes. Was this review helpful? Helpful. It has hosted some big tournaments from European Tour PQ to both Mens and Ladies Scottish Opens. The West coast of Scotland is famous for its stunning championship links and Dundonald Links sits right up there alongside the very best of them. Dundonald ranges in length from 6340 to 7100 yards. Previous Next. Respond to above review  Following two World Wars, the site was almost unrecognisable. Dundonald Links originally set out to be part of a golf and residential complex called Southern Gailes but when that didn’t happen, Loch Lomond Golf Club stepped in to snap up the course for its members in 2003, commissioning Kyle Phillips to put the finishing touches to the design. Lying next to the long established courses of Kilmarnock Barassie, Glasgow Gailes and Western Gailes, Dundonald is obviously situated in prime golfing country. Dundonald Links, Ayr Road, Gailes, Scotland KA11 5BF United Kingdom -°C Today, Forecast: - Originally known as Southern Gailes, the Kyle Philip’s-designed golf course was purchased by Loch Lomond Golf Club in early 2003 to provide its global Membership with a traditional links challenge. 8 and 9 are enjoyable short par fours. Dundonald is yet another fine golf course in an area already replete with them. As 2017 host to the prestigious Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, followed by the Ladies Scottish Open, the team at Dundonald Links is well equipped to deliver exceptional corporate events while the course is set up to challenge stronger players and ensure even enthusiastic beginners have a memorable day on the Links. I can not really remember of any signature hole except maybe the Par 5 - 18th. Unlike the majestic Loch Lomond though this is a course which anyone can play, for a fee, and is accessible to all, all year round. As one of our group was experiencing a bad back, we played the 6340 tees although I did walk back to the back tees on every hole. Was this review helpful? The views open up a bit on the back nine, and I felt there was more premium on pure ball striking, with more demanding shots. I understand there is a more inclusive green fee policy now, so it may not be possible to maintain perfect conditioning. The extensive practice facilities give you the first clue that the place has quality. I agree with a previous reviewer that the back nine is better than the front. A shame that the sea isn't overly visible or in play, but that doesn't detract from a superb experience all round. Dundonald is set upon some relatively flat terrain and Kyle Phillips carried out a decent job when designing the course. Out on to the course, you can tell that some of the mounding has been man-made, to separate the holes but also to make vantage points for spectators. About Dundonald Links. The highlight of the front nine is the spectacularly good par 3 6th with a burn that runs all the way down the left. The first Dundonald Links layout was designed by 1883 Open Champion Willie Fernie, and opened on March 23rd, 1911. Highlights for me were 11, only 120 yards even from the back tee, Dundonald's answer to the postage stamp has a small green with slopes in all directions and a devilish tiny pot bunker over the back, so deep it needs a staircase down to the sand. Dundonald Links. Dundonald Links offers a bit of everything you can expect from a links course except ... short Par 4. 0 people found this review helpful The arrival of The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2017 heralded a new chapter in Dundonald’s history. Dundonald Links has announced that it is to discontinue memberships as it prepares for the future under new owners Darwin Ltd. Likes: Jacko_G and KenL. I've been quite disapointed and would recommand to play Western Gailes instead if you visit the area. Without a doubt worth a visit if you are in the area. Dundonald Links is situated in Ayrshire on the West Coast of Scotland, a stretch of golfing terrain unrivalled in the world. GROUPS. The Ayrshire championship course, which hosted the Scottish Open in 2017 and Ladies' Scottish Open in 2015 and 2016, will be Darwin Escapes' first property in Scotland. Dundonald is a very fair layout - everything is in front of you. This is a brilliant golf course. Read more. Once the new clubhouse is finished and the new owners have completed their program of investment, I am sure this course will take its place among the greats of the Ayrshire coast. The greens are very different depending on the hole which is something I appreciate; some raised, some level, some with many tiers, some well bunkered, some not well bunkered. I liked the routing of the holes as it moves around in all directions with 1-4 out and back, 5-8 playing in a "inner" circle, and then playing in an outer circle of almost a figure eight in reverse. The course yardage can vary from 6,415 to 7,300 yards so it can be played as a comfortable member course or as a championship venue. The golfing challenge is stiff but fair, and you need to put the ball into the right areas for a good approach to the large undulating greens. On the wide practice ground it was just me and a couple of majestic stags. I'd love to have a links membership as a second membership, and keep my home course as well. See other reviews from Allan McMillan. When I played it, the course conditioning was immaculate, as good as anywhere. My score likely would have been the same from the 6725 yardage, which is where I wanted to play, Having said that, there are only significant differences on six holes: 8, 9, 10, 15 16 and 18. The people are very friendly and welcoming. A very nice course indeed and a real challenge. The back 9 is a lot better than the front 9 and if you have a chance, play off the blue tees, as the whites are very, very short. Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield. The fourth and ofare the best of those par 3's. 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