Dundonald is the latest modern links golf course in Scotland to receive huge and much-deserved acclaim. Despite only opening in 2005 Dundonald’s trajectory has been quite breathtaking. During that time the links have hosted the Men’s Scottish Open and 2022 sees the return of the Ladies Scottish Open, for the 4th time, which is also an LPGA event. The course has also just been confirmed as a Qualifying Course for The Open Championship.
There are a number of reasons for these successes. Dundonald was designed by Kyle Phillips who designed the magnificent Kingsbarns in Fife which is now recognised as one of Scotland’s very best courses. Phillips has embraced a Kingsbarns design philosophy that provides for generous and creative landing areas, saving the greatest challenges for the green complexes which still fairly reward a well-planned shot. Due to the aforementioned winds, the course can play much longer than the card. The par 4’s play deceptively long and I would say that the par 3’s are the true standouts of the course. The elevated par 3, 6th Hole is brilliant at 170 yards with a valley left and a pot bunker lurking amongst the seemingly safe haven of dunes behind the green.Dundonald Links has emerged as a highly enjoyable experience with former areas of concern corrected. From just over 6,400 yards to tipped out at 7,300 yards. Dundonald Links is a first-rate Scottish links experience.
The investment in the golf course, its brand new Stunning Clubhouse, and lodges tick every box for a golf tour or trip. Whether you want a meal, a fine cigar, a world-class whisky tasting you’ll find it here on a whole new level.
The Dundonald experience begins at the gatehouse when the security man lifts the barrier to let you in – everyone from then on seem to know your name. 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.
In 2019 Loch Lomond Golf Club sold Dundonald.
Dundonald has since been on a proved to be links of some repute and was the proud host venue for the 2017 Scottish Open, which Rafa Cabrera-Bello won in a play-off. 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.
Dundonald Links is as challenging as you choose to make it and it’s sweeping and equitable design provides for a very enjoyable modern links experience.
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