There are many advantages to playing golf in Dumfries and Galloway, including the warm rush of the Gulf Stream which provides the region with a mild climate, making play possible on all but a small number of days. Dumfries and Galloway offers 200 miles of expansive coastline and remarkable panoramas featuring rolling countryside of dramatic beauty. There is no question that these landscapes are ideal for golf course designers to make some magic.
From renowned course designer James Braid to Mackenzie Ross and Willie Fernie some of the most celebrated names in Scottish golf have played a part in the layouts which feature in this lovely region.
Arguably the most infamous course in the area is Southerness
The course is regularly featured within the top courses in the UK and Ireland and is well deserving of this title. On the peaceful shores of the beautiful Solway coast lies Southerness Golf Course, one of Scotland?s finest golf courses. Designed by MacKenzie Ross and built in 1947, enjoy a true championship links course amidst the natural beauty and character of this tract of wild land by the sea. It has staged numerous high-profile tournaments since it first opened in 1947. The Scottish Amateur Championship has been held here a total of three times, most recently in 2005.
Situated on the coast in southwest Scotland, Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club is just a short stroll from the picturesque village of Portpatrick. Overlooking the North Channel to Ireland, Portpatrick Dunskey enjoys a temperate climate due to the Gulf Stream and is playable all year round. The Dunskey 18-hole course, which is a mixture of rolling moorland and seaside heath sit around 150 feet above sea level. It offers spectacular views and on clear days the Isle of Man, Mourne Mountains and Mull of Kintyre can be seen.
Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club is also home to the Dinvin. It is one of the best kept golfing secrets; an interesting and unique 9-hole par 3 course ideal for testing one?s short game in links-style surroundings.
Stranraer golf course was the final course to be designed by highly esteemed James Braid who was 5 times Open Champion. Found on the shores of Loch Ryan the 6,308 yard parkland course is set on gently undulating ground and offers superb views of the loch to Ailsa Craig and beyond.
|Until 23rd October:||24th October - 31st December|
|Glen, Bachelor & East||£810||£750|
|Pond & West||£955||£855|
|South, Bay & Hannay||£1020||£900|
|Whin & Churchill||£1115||£995|