If you are a golfer, plan on spending a few days golfing in and around Stevenston. The Scot’s passion for golf means that there are several golf courses available and you won’t have to golf the same course twice, unless you want to.
A scant mile from Stevenston’s town center is the Auchenharvie Golf Course. This nine-hole golf course opened in 1983. It was designed so that it can be played as eighteen holes using different tee off positions on the second time around. A relatively easy course, water features have been well incorporated into it.
For those that just want to practice, there is a driving range that can accommodate eighteen people at a time. Whether you want a fast 9-hole game, a more leisurely 18-hole golf game, or want to hit a few buckets to work on your drive; there will be a course (or two) to meet your needs.
A few miles south of Stevenston, near Castlepark, is Western Gailes Golf Club. Founded in 1897, this world-class golf course was formed to provide a seaside golf course for those inland residents that did not want to play with industrial fog hanging over their heads, as well as providing year round golfing. In its early years, a train station was built to allow members an easy trip to the club. Although the train no longer runs, it is still a feature of the golf course.
As with so many golf courses in Ayrshire, Tom Morris was the first groundskeeper. From the formation of the club, the first 9 holes were ready for use about a year later. World War II and Mother Nature have had a hand in the redevelopment of the course. Tank maneuvers took a toll on several holes so, in order to allow for a harbour access road, there was a redesign of the 3rd, 4th and 5th holes.
With several other golf courses in close proximity, if you are a golfer, you will not be at a loss for something to do. Just grab your clubs and head off to a golf course. Before you go though, checks to see what the rules of the club are. The rules may determine what you wear.