While it was initially bought for its members, especially for the winter months, Kyle Phillips was commissioned to make Dundonald Links what it is today.
This relatively young course no longer looks young, except for the club house which is temporary but still it contains all the facilities you would expect for a high quality golf course. And the course is now seen as one of the best golf courses in Scotland.
On paper, the course looks fair and not too difficult, but this is incredibly deceptive. The course has been built with the wind in mind and was designed to test the best golfers. So choose your tee modestly.
The 4th hole, par-3 215-yards looks simple from the tee but often plays into the wind. It’s a hole which causes more issues than most, especially during the Qualifying competitions held at Dundonald.
Throughout the course, the flow and variety of holes test every club in your bag. From the very short par-3 at 120-yards (do not go long and left - there is a unbelievable pot bunker at the back) to fantastic dog leg's and flowing par-5's meandering through the dunes.
Of particular note is the final finishing holes, the 17th and 18th. The 17th is the sharpest dog leg on the course and at 420 yards, it will test your driving and approach play into a fast and sloping green. The 560-yard, par-5 18th hole requires too very long shots to avoid the bunkers on the second followed by an approach shot to a protect green. With water running down the right hand side and across the front, and bunkers protecting the left, you will be pleased to walk of with a bogey on this hole.
Dundonald Links is designed to be a real test and it is a very good test of golf. The course is very well maintained and after your round, you just want to return and have another go.