Gailes has hosted major championship tournaments through the years and was designed by legendary golf architect Willie Park Jnr of Musselburgh. It was opened in 1892 by Glasgow Golf Club, the 9th oldest golf club in the world.
Its West Coast setting and fabulous condition makes it ideal for summer and winter golf in Scotland. It is a world class links course which attracts players from every corner of the globe. Gailes Links is an R&A preferred championship links course in Ayrshire close to Open venues at Royal Troon and Turnberry.
Colin Montgomerie Secures Return to the Open
Colin Montgomerie secured a place in The 145th Open at Royal Troon in Final Qualifying at Gailes Links yesterday, Tues 28 June.
After carding rounds of 66 and 71 at Gailes Links for a five-under-par total, Montgomerie had to wait two hours before learning that he had progressed from Gailes Links through The Open Qualifying Series along with Swede Oskar Arvidsson and Spaniard Scott Fernandez. The 53-year-old year Scot is a member at Royal Troon, where his father James was the secretary, and will play in golf’s oldest Championship for the first time since his 21st consecutive appearance back in 2010.
Arvidsson shrugged off his lowly world ranking of 1,418 to win at Gailes Links by four shots with a 10-under-par 132 total after rounds of 64 and 68. Fernandez, a 23-year-old from Grenada qualified at the first attempt on six-under-par and revealed his ambition to play in The Open had been fuelled by watching The Open at Royal Troon in 1989 on video.
Key quotes: Colin Montgomerie “If I was going to play one Open, it would be this one as my qualifying days are behind me after this. I’ll never play another at Troon because it comes back, what every 12 years, and I’ll be gone by then, so this gives me an opportunity to play and I think I can say this meant more to me than, with all respect to everyone else, to anyone else playing here. I’m glad that I made a reasonable showing today because you can go around in two 75s and not make a good showing.”
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“Gailes is a terrific links course and well worthy of this latest recognition”
3 time Ryder Cup Captain