As Scottish golf is booming with international travelers flocking to the well-known historical links courses — consider booking extremely early for any trip, as in get your plans in order now for 2024 — it’s worth noting there are several modern courses around the game’s home country that are more than worthy of a round.
Count Dundonald Links in Gailes, on the western side of Scotland, among them.
Designed by Kyle Phillips and opened in 2003, Dundonald Links ranks No. 35 on Golfweek’s Best list of best modern courses in Great Britain and Ireland. It hosted the Women’s Scottish Open in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and it will again be the site of the co-sanctioned LPGA/Ladies European Tour event this August. It also was site of the DP World Tour’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2017.
The club – which serves as a handy base for golf excursions to other courses such as Royal Troon, Prestwick and Western Gailes – has recently undergone major renovations to its clubhouse and accommodations.
Golfweek videographer Gabe Gudgel was there recently to take it all in. Check out his accompanying video to see how modern golf looks in a classic land.