Set in a seaside location, the neighbouring Gulf Stream ensures year round links golf, whilst the romantic peaks of Arran present a stunning backdrop to the landscape.
It was over the links land of Scotland that the game of golf was born and still today the true links experience is unparalleled the world over.
The Irvine Golf Club established 1887, is a fine example and is regularly used by the R&A as a Final Open Qualifying Course. In 2003, the Club co-hosted the Amateur Championship with Royal Troon and in 2007, the British Seniors' Open with Turnberry. In 2009, the Ladies Home Internationals were also successfully hosted at the Irvine Golf Club. In 2016 we hosted the Scottish Youths Championship and the Ladies British Open Final Qualifying was also held at the club in 2017.
It truly is one of Scotland’s hidden gems, offering a traditional links challenge, which owes much of its present day character to the course design of the great James Braid. One of Scotland’s most celebrated course designers, James Braid created a legacy of distinctive courses, characterised by their great variety and interesting use of nature’s assets.
The Irvine Golf Club is no stranger to famous players and professional tournaments, playing host to the R&A for the Local Open qualifying when the Open is held at near neighbours, Royal Troon or Trump Turnberry.
The club is famous for having reared three Scottish Champions who all grew up a stone’s throw from the course, in the former mining village of Bartonholm and the club today has a thriving junior section, so there may well be some future Scottish Champions to come.
Stuart Easton took part in a unique Captains’ Challenge at Gleneagles, to mark a year to go to the Ryder Cup taking place at Gleneagles in September 2014. Not only did Stuart get the opportunity to meet golfing legend, Tom Watson, and winning European Captain, Paul McGinley, he also won a pair of tickets to the opening day of the Ryder Cup, courtesy of defeating Captain’s Watson and McGinley in the “closest to the hole” challenge.