The Irvine Golf Club, a stunning links golf experience
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 2011 we hosted the Scottish Seniors Championship and over the last twelve months the Scottish Youths Championship and the Ladies British Open Final Qualifying have also been held at the club.
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. View our course image gallery.
(10 out of 10)
This is an absolute gem of a course and is in excellent condition. The service in the clubhouse was great and I would recommend the bacon roll pre-golf.
Be accurate off the tee or take plenty balls with you!
(10 out of 10)
Excellent course in great condition. Clubhouse is first class and great value. Would not hesitate to recommend.
(10 out of 10)
Best course and value for money I have ever played in the UK. Absolute cracking course and very friendly too. I will return.
(9 out of 10)
Very nice course with some lovely holes - lots to like, and a few wows! Substantial club house, well stocked Pro shop, friendly personable members - if I lived here, I would be very tempted to apply for membership.
This isn't a soft, bland, banal course. It's definitely got a bit of spice to it!
Enjoy. This is a gem.
(10 out of 10)
Professional & all staff at the course couldn't have been anymore helpful. Course is well maintained, greens are in great condition, extremely quick. Fairways tight and well maintained.
“B.O.G.S. ( Boys Own Golf Society ) @ Bogside
Reviewed 18 June 2014
On our 20th Annual trip to the home of golf this traditional course was enjoyed by us all,even the ones who didn't score well. Would recommend to any golfer visiting the area.
Graeme B rated 5 out of 5 - Oct 26 2015
We were greeted by a club member who gave us a quick tour prior to teeing off, showing the facilities and introducing the pro etc. A good touch.
Course itself was excellent with the greens still in great condition and the bunkers tees etc well maintained.
Overall excellent value for money.
A classic old course that truely runs with the land. Some high holes on a ridge with other holes on the low ground below. A unique, fun experience. First time around, without a caddy, you are going to make some mistakes on aim and distance, but so what. Every one of our four ball match loved the course -- from our most skilled player at 7.0 to me at 17.5.
I have played Bogside twice. However, I have been fortunate enough to play some wonderful golf courses around the world including all on The Open rota, Kiawah Island and even Pebble Beach last year. In my honest opinion, the greens at Irvine Bogside are the best i`ve played on. This as well as it being the most friendly of clubs you could wish for, should make it a desirable course to play for anyone who enjoys this greatest of sports.
A beautful course which is set back from the sea on a great stretch of links land. The staff and members were incredibly welcoming and friendly and the drinks and food are probably the cheapest in the country. The 4th and 5th may look short on the card but provide a great challenge with the 2nd shot (or the 1st if you're really brave) to the 4th being one of the trickiest you'll ever face. Beware the drop on the 6th hole since if you drive over the brow of the hill there is a good chance you'll end up in a bunker. The 17th was also very tight with no room for error of the tee. All of the holes have a lot of character and I personally thought this was the best of the Open Qualifier's we played on our vist.
A truly impressive test of golf, perfectly true greens, typical Links course features of punishing gorse and heather for wayward shots. Most of the holes a memorable for one feature or another. Very welcoming staff, great value clubhouse.