South West Scotland, Scotland
Dundonald Links Club overview
Dundonald is a modern links classic, formerly known as Southern Gailes until purchased by Loch Lomond Golf Club in 2003 to provide its global membership with a traditional links challenge. The name change reflects the area’s rich history, with ‘Fort Donald’ fortifications discovered nearby that date back to 200 BC.
Located on Scotland’s southwest coast just 40 minutes from Glasgow Airport and close to three very famous neighbors; Royal Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry, Dundonald is a Kyle Phillips design that is ranked top 30 in Scotland and top 100 across the British Isles.
Dundonald Links Golf Course overview
Today’s course opened in 2005 and has since proved to be a links of some repute, having played host to European Tour Qualifying School and both the men’s and ladies’ Scottish Opens. A par-72 and over 7100 yards off the championship tees, Dundonald is a very fair layout with everything in front of you, plenty of pot bunkers and a burn that intrudes on several holes. Be warned though, as this is not for the faint-hearted, especially the par-5s which can be brutal.
The 11th is a 120-yar par-3 and the shortest hole on the course, however, good distance control is essential if you want to hit this well-guarded steeply sloping green. In contrast, the 18th is the longest hole on the course at 560 yards from the tips and a very testing way to finish your round. Your drive needs to be left side of the fairway to avoid bunkers on the right, followed by an accurate second in order to avoid more bunkers, before then hitting your approach to a green guarded by a ditch in front and pot bunkers at the back. You will deserve a drink after this one!
Did You Know?
A golf course existed on this site in the 1900s, however, it was turned into a military station called Dundonald Camp and is where D-Day landings were rehearsed during the Second World War.
Accommodation near Dundonald Links
South Beach Hotel
This family-run 3-star property in Troon is a great value option on the southwest coast of Scotland. A small hotel with 32 rooms and easy access to Royal Troon and Prestwick Golf Clubs.
Troon Marine Hotel
Located on the beautiful Ayrshire coast, with spectacular views of the Isle of Arran. This 4-star hotel provides the perfect base from which to explore the West coast of Scotland.
Piersland House Hotel
The Piersland House Hotel is a stunning retreat offering charming rooms in what was originally the residence of the Johnnie Walker family of Scotch whisky fame. This is a delightful 4-star venue.