The South West of Scotland is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland and being home to over 100 golf courses, remains one of the most popular regions of the home of golf. It is a refreshing mix of famous names and hidden gems. Aside from its attachment to Robert Burns and whisky, the region is also the dwelling place for three of the world's most treasured links courses, Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick Golf Club. These 3 courses have hosted the Open Championship dozens of times and are absolute must plays for any golfer interested in what makes links golf so alluring.
Apart from the ‘big 3’ of the South West, there remains a plethora of excellent links courses that form a virtual line along the coast. Western Gailes is a very highly regarded links, while directly across the rail line lies Dundonald, sister course to the exclusive Loch Lomond Golf Club. If you are looking for courses in the "hidden gem" category, there are several options, including Irvine-Bogside and Kilmarnock-Barassie.