It’s a natural thing to be drawn to the links venues of Ayrshire, they are the headline grabbers in this region with two Open Championship venues and a wealth of quality neighbours too. But not everyone prefers golf by the seaside, for the parkland lovers there is much to admire too.
You don’t actually leave the seaside too far behind when you visit Largs, very much a parkland course, but one with a permanent sea view too. The club is situated on the road into the resort town and boasts lovely views across the Clyde Estuary over to the isles of Cumbrae, Bute and Arran.
With a forestry and bracken/fern backdrop on the opposite side it’s a beautiful setting to enjoy a round of golf and the superb standard of course conditioning from tee to green will only enhance your playing experience further. Spencer and I enjoyed an autumn game at Largs, the weather treated us kindly so we were more than able to see and play it at it’s best. An uphill par three to start with, it’s a tricky club selection test but the climb does guarantee a wonderful tee shot sight from the next hole which plunges back down the bank, one for the long hitters to enjoy.
The height of the test comes mid stretch with a trio of holes the locals have christened as Largs’ very own ‘Amen Corner’. Two demanding carries over the rushing burn to the putting surfaces at nine and 10, then an uphill stroke index one 11th through the tree lined fairway to a very distant green. All par fours – for us, three fives would have earned high fives – we didn’t get close.
To conclude, a lovely finishing trio of shortish fours, climbing gently back to the clubhouse, good putting tests all, the greens are quite wonderful here.
Largs has a great autumn look but this place isn’t called ‘Scotland’s Augusta’ for nothing, if you do book a trip for summer 2017, prepare for an explosion of colour!
Largs Golf Club – Irvine Road, Largs, Aryshire KA30 8EU
Telephone: 01475 673 594 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Website: www.largsgolfclub.co.uk
Largs (18 holes)
- Par 70 and 6150 yards
- Established in 1891
- The superb 18-hole parkland course has been rated as the best conditioned in West of Scotland
- The course offers a fair but rewarding challenge for golfers of all abilities
Congu C.S.S.: White 71, Yellow 69, Red 73