The Course



The reputation of Western Gailes as one of the game’s finest and more exacting courses has spread worldwide as evidenced by its numerous visitors from around the world including golfing legends from this and the last century.


The great Harry Vardon arrived at Western Gailes in June 1903 celebrating his fourth Open victory. In 1923 its attractions were being lauded by the then US Open Champion Gene Sarazen who played the course with three other outstanding professionals.


Greats from the second half of the 20th century such as Gary Player, Tom Watson and Tony Jacklin have also visited, while from the modern game Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson have all tested their mettle over this classic links course.


A club quietly content in its own regal setting, evidently comfortable with its world-renowned standing in the game.’

David Livingstone – Sky Sports Golf


I had heard so much praise about Western Gailes over the years that it was high on my list of must play courses. It didn’t disappoint. Beautiful holes, on great land make it endlessly interesting and challenging… I look forward to my next chance to play.’

Geoff Ogilvy – US Open Champion


The Clubhouse



From the moment you step into the clubhouse you will relish the day ahead. The entrance is warm and welcoming, while the main hall indicates the pleasures that lie ahead, including a first glimpse over the Firth of Clyde to Arran.

The main bar provides a warm haven in which to anticipate the treat ahead or reflect on the glories or challenges of your round.


The dining room allows you to overlook the course while enjoying lunch or dinner and to again enjoy the ambience enjoyed routinely by the members.


Elsewhere, the main locker room provides a unique insight to the very earliest beginnings of the present clubhouse, for here the original lockers remain in place with some having been handed down from founding father to grandson and beyond.