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Guide to Ayrshire and Burns County

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Ayrshire golf breaks and holidays

Ayrshire is a coastal county boasting spectacular scenery and some of the world's most famous links golf courses. Home to two current Open Championship courses, Royal Troon and the Ailsa course at Turnberry, Ayrshire was also home to the first ever Open Championship, played at Prestwick in 1860, and is an ideal venue for a golf break or holiday in Scotland.

A history of golf in Ayrshire:

  • 1851 - Formation of Prestwick Golf Club. Club Professional is four times Open Champion,Tom Morris Senior
  • 1860 - First Open Championship contested over 36 holes and won by Willie Park
  • 1872 - First time the Claret Jug is played for at Prestwick
  • 1923 - Open played at Troon and won by Arthur Havers
  • 1925 - Open played at Prestwick for the last time and won by Jim Barnes
  • 1950 - Bobby Lock wins the Open at Troon
  • 1962 - Arnold Palmer defends his Open title at Troon
  • 1973 - Tom Weiskopf wins his only major title at Troon
  • 1977 - Tom Watson wins a famous duel at Turnberry, beating Jack Nicklaus by one shot
  • 1982 - Tom Watson wins his fourth Open Championship at Royal Troon
  • 1986 - Greg Norman wins his first major title at Turnberry
  • 1989 - Mark Calcavechia wins a three way playoff at Royal Troon
  • 1994 - Nick Price wins at Turnberry
  • 1997 - Justin Leonard wins his first Open at Royal Troon
  • 2004 - Todd Hamilton wins his first major at Royal Troon in a play off against Ernie Els 

The inn is a superb location and base for playing some of the finest golf courses in Scotland, all within ½ hour. A must visit for golf breaks and holidays in Scotland, owned by a keen golfer, and a quite superb hospitality experience to complement some of the greatest golf anywhere in the world.


Our own top recommended golf courses in Ayrshire