A classic links noted for its heather
Glasgow Gailes Golf Club
Glasgow Gailes has hosted major championship tournaments through the years and was designed by legendary golf architect Willie Park Jnr of Musselburgh. It was opened in 1892 by Glasgow Golf Club, the 9th oldest golf club in the world.
It is a world class links course which attracts players from every corner of the globe. Gailes Links is an R&A preferred championship links course in Ayrshire close to Open venues at Royal Troon and Turnberry.
In 1912 Willie Park Jr, who had won the Open Championship in 1887 and 1889, and Tulloch, the Club professional, combined their talents to re-design the layout of the course. Park always believed Gailes to be one of his finest creations.
The course has played host to some of the world’s greatest players, including former Open and US Masters Champions Mark O’Meara and Sandy Lyle, as well as Ryder Cup heroes such as Sam Torrance, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood.
Gailes has been an Open Championship Final Qualifying course since 1973 and it has also hosted The Home Internationals, the Europe v USA Palmer Trophy, the Scottish PGA Championship, the Scottish Amateur Championship, the Scottish Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship, the Scottish Seniors Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship, the British Youths Open Amateur Championship and the British Seniors Open Amateur Championship. For four years from 2014, Gailes Links will be the sole Scottish Final Open Qualifying course.
Each year the oldest open amateur strokeplay event in the world, the Tennant Cup, takes place at Gailes, as does the competition for the Edward Trophy. The Tennant Cup is a Scottish Golf Order of Merit ranking event.