PHOTOS: Bulldog's Blog, Western Gailes

  • The first tee and the Western Gailes starter house.
  • The first hole, called Station, features a green protected by a lone bunker at the left front.
  • Western Gailes' third hole is called Arran, because of the island off the coast that is in sight, is longer than the first hole but has a lone bunker in the front right.
  • The fifth at Western Gailes is called Bunker Hill.  You can see all the bunkers in play.
  • Here is a better look of the bunkers on the fifth hole at Western Gailes.
  • A look at Western Gailes' par 5, sixth hole looks daunting.  But Lappock is only 498 yards and very scenic.
  • Since the hole is relatively short for a par 5, the second shot at Western Gailes' 6th hole is crucial.  The view to the green can be a little daunting, but tucked back behind the aiming post to the left is the green.
  • Finally the green on Western Gailes' sixth hole.
  • The par-3 seventh hole at Western Gailes called Sea is devilish.  From this view, one bunker is visible.
  • From this view you can see two of the six bunkers that swallow up bad and good shots at Western Gailes' seventh hole.
  • A view from the eighth tee at Western Gailes.
  • The green on Western Gailes' eighth hole, which is appropriately called Burn.
  • The green on Western Gailes' 12th hole, Dyke.
  • A view from Western Gailes' 13th hole, toward Troon Harbour.
  • The 13th green at Western Gailes, looking back toward the tee.
  • The view of Western Gailes' 13th green and beyond, from the 14th tee.
  • A view from the back tee of the par-5 Whins hole, Western Gailes' 14th – which finally turns back towards home.
  • The 15th hole at Western Gailes, a par-3 that is well bunkered and called Heather.
  • A greenside look at Heather, the 15th hole at Western Gailes.
  • The fairway-bunker complex on Western Gailes' 16th hole, Camp.  At 428 yards from the back tee, it can get tricky getting around this group of bunkers.
  • And then of course the burn that fronts the green as well on the 16th at Western Gailes.
  • The Home hole, the short 18th is very picturesque with the clubhouse to the right.
  • Another look at the Western Gailes clubhouse.
  • You get a better feel for the club from the Western Gailes locker room. Old wooden lockers take you back to another time.
  • A beautiful painting of Western Gailes hangs in the clubhouse.