Irvine Golf Club

4.6235294118 4.6 stars from 5 (36)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6594 yards
  • Layout

  • Irvine Golf Club, Bogside, Irvine, KA8 8SN,
  • +44 (0) 1294 275626, +44 (0) 1294 275979
  • theirvinegolfclub.co.uk

Year built: 1887
Architect(s): James Braid (1926)
Style: Links
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No: Training Shoes, Denim Jeans, Shell Suits, Collarless Shirts. Shorts (only Tailored) are permitted on the Golf Course and in the Clubhouse.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6594 yards N/A N/A
White 71 6415 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 70 6116 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 72 5661 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 36 Reviews
5 stars:
28
4 stars:
7
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

36 out of 36 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Great for advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers  

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"Really friendly Irvine golf club"


u549590705's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the moment we arrived the staff were friendly and made us feel at home. Whilst it’s still early for golf the course was in good condition. We shall return later in the season


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Superb Golf Course"


espioclone's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2018
Previously played Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

On a stretch of coastline that boasts probably ten of the finest links golf courses anywhere in the world, Irvine is right up there with the best of them at a fraction of the cost. Short par fives, only two par threes, but a fantastic selection of reachable short quirky par fours that are fun and challenging.

A course built into the natural terrain by James Braid, one of his masterpieces, the type of course that no-one would ever build nowadays unfortunately. Great to be able to actually reach most of the par fours. No two holes alike and not a weak hole on the course. A bit slow as fourball in front held me up for twelve holes and wouldn't let me play through. But nothing could take away from the enjoyment of playing this superb track. Best golf since I played the two courses at Machrihanish earlier this year .


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 11/11/2018

Fantastic review. Disappointing etiquette from the foursome in front which I can only apologise for. Clearly you know the area well and delighted that you appreciate how well our course stands up in the face of strong competition.

Hope we see you again.

Best Regards

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"One of the best"


roybhoy1967's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For the price i paid to play Irvine it is the best course i have ever played in this price bracket, £30 for a course in the same condition as you would pay for £150, the layout also one of the best i have played, will be returning once a year every year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/09/2018

Glad you enjoyed your round.

The course has been outstanding this year and won't let you down on your return.

Thanks for the review.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"Wonderful experience - highly recommended"


u7748642's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A wonderful quirky traditional links course. Off the yellow tees the course was playing short given the dry conditions but the greens ran fast and true. It really does require some local knowledge to navigate but not knowing some of the pitfalls is no bad thing! The 5th and 6th are of their time but a great test.

For those who have played Glasgow Gailes I would say it is a similar test but with more idiosyncrasies. Definitely up there and in the mould of the best links tests.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/15/2018

Great review which is very much appreciated. Hope we see you again some time.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"Nice, but heavy to play"


Moonwalkerli's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in a good but not perfect shape. The fairways are small and you have to take care about other golfers crossing the fairways. So it is better to stay on the fairways.

Verry friendly staff and the clubmanager himself give us a warm welcome! Nice restaurant as well.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/15/2018

Appreciate your comments. The course always presents different challenges.

Hope you come back and see us again.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"closeby the greatst links but really worth to play"


christianswaelens's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Very kind staff, course in excellent condition , superb green.

Caddies are members which makes them very knowledgeable

Good food

Really Worth to play when you go and play in this part of Scotland !


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/19/2018

Hi Christian,

Sorry its taken me so long to get round to responding to your excellent review. Glad you enjoyed your day with us and hope we see you again.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"Good Old Scottish Seaside Links"


BenHoganRolandsen's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
First time playing Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

Nice contact on mail and phone already several weeks before our follow-up of 4 came to the course, Was well received and received good information about the track, history and facilities we could use. The course was challenging and had many holes we will remember, this is a course we definitely want and come back to.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Commented on 05/26/2018

So glad you enjoyed the course and thanks for leaving this review.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"Excellent links experiencegreen"


u1181268's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

I was met by a former Cpatain as the club has a meet and greet policy for visitors to show them round the clubhouse and answer any questions. This was an excellent touch.

I had previously contacted the club to enquire about using the James Braid Association discount and all of my dealings with Andy, the Assistant Secretary, were excellent.

The day was dry but a touch windy. Given the recent poor weather the course was in excellent condition. The only exceptions were the low lying 6th and 13th holes. But that did not take away from the enjoyment and a few more dry days will sort that, I am sure.

The course is mostly par fours - just two par 3’s and one par five. Only twice do more than three consecutive holes run in the same direction

11 was unreachable into the wind

you cant afford to go left with either your tee or approach shots to the long 13th

don’t be short and left of the 17th as the slop will take your ball into gorse.

Beware of the ground falling steeply away short of the 3rd green and do not fail to get up to the fourth as the green is raised.

This is a good test of golf and well worth a visit.

The clubhouse is well appointed and serves both good food and drink.

I will return and encourage others to do so..


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/22/2018

Thanks for leaving such an in depth review of the course which only now beginning to look at its very best. Our Meet & Greet team do a fantastic job and I am glad you enjoyed your day. Come back and see us again.

Andy A

Assistant Secretary


"Excellent hospitality and unique course"


h17nly's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

We were warmly welcomed to the club by a past captain who gave us a tour of the clubhouse before our tee time. He was very engaging and went through the history of the club. The course itself was very unique, with a great mix of challenging links holes. Definitely going to go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/20/2018

Thanks for leaving such an outstanding review of your visit.

I will pass on your remarks to our Meet & Greet team.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"Quirky Course"


u791362678's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Thoroughly enjoyed our day out. Warm welcome was received both at the pro shop and clubhouse. Course was in very good condition given the time of year. A good mixture of holes with some more challenging than others. Would certainly consider another visit.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/03/2018

Glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review which is very important to the club.

Come back and see us again.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"Great day on a great courseo"


davebaxter13's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We were met by past Captain Jim, who gave our group of 6 a conducted tour of the clubhouse and facilities but also told us of the history of the club. We were all very impressed not only with the club's history but all so the club members were all welcoming and offered local knowledgeable to and during our round, all of which helped us to enjoy the whole day out.

Thanks to Jim and all the members of Irvine Glof Club


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/03/2018

Dave,

Thanks for your review. I will pass on your remarks to Jim and the rest of the team.

Glad you enjoyed your day and l

hope to welcome you back in the future.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"A good time was had by all!"


jsm1946's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

On behalf of our BDO (Big Daz Oot) group from Erskine GC I would like to thank everyone for the very warm welcome we received on Monday morning to your course. A Past-Captain was on hand to meet us who detailed a brief history of the club during a short tour of your clubhouse - a nice touch.

The course itself was in excellent condition and offers some challenging holes. Unfortunately the green staff were embarking on their winter programme of hollow tining but this didn’t in any way detract from our course experience as the ball still ran well and true.

During post-game bar meals we all agreed that it had been a most enjoyable outing and one which we certainly wish to repeat.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/31/2017

Appreciate your comments which I will pass on to the staff involved. Glad your group enjoyed and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"Bogside"


Zodiac95's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2017
First time playing Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

Great experience playing Bogside during my first trip to Scotland. Having played nine different golf courses I can steadily say that Irvine provide us the warmest welcome we've had on a golf course, not only here but anywhere I went to play golf all over Europe. I need to thank the Captain and the Pro to make me feel I was a daily member of the club.

The course is not very long, but definitely tricky, biting you whenever you hit errant tee shots. It was immaculate, with the best greens we've seen on our Ayrshire trip. Lovely lunch too. Really looking forward to come back!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Commented on 10/31/2017

Sorry I have taken so long to respond. Thanks for leaving such a glowing review.

Hope you will return again in the future.

Andy Arnott



idamah's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/16/2017

Exactly the level of service we try to provide. Thanks for leaving such a great review.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"Excellent course"


Danbrae's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Myself and friends won a four ball at Irvine and headed down on Monday morning to be met by Jim who took us in hand and introduced us to the professional. We were booked in about an hour after our arrival but but were very accommodating and allowed us to tee off early. Jim showed us all the facilities and wished us a good round. Course was in great nick with the greens very slick and true. Stray off the fairway and it's most likely a lost ball as the gorse bushes gobble up off hits. Would definetly reccomend the course to friends and other gowfers who like a challenge.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/16/2017

Glad you enjoyed your day and thanks for leaving the review.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"Really Enjoyable day"


t1150793320's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a great day at Irvine Bogside, right from arrival we received a warm welcome from the professional then got a tour by Jim a past captain, place is steeped in history.

The course was excellent, I've played on links courses all over Scotland and these are the best I've putted on, very true and quick. The course requires good strategy off the tee which caught us out once or twice but really enjoyed the challenge.

Afterward we went in for lunch which was top class. Will definitely be back.

Graeme


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 12/11/2017

Not sure if you are aware that by leaving a review you were entered into a draw for a four ball voucher. Delighted to inform you that you have won it and I would be delighted to post it out to you.

Either phone or email the club with your address.

Congratulations.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary

The Irvine Golf Club


Commented on 08/16/2017

Just catching up with recent reviews since my return from holiday.

Fantastic comments on the course and the welcome you received from James and Jim.

Hope to see you again.

Andy

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"Impressed!"


t1332108068's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing Irvine. Course was in top condition. Greens with good speed. Lots of variety in the course. Impressive!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/25/2017

Thanks for leaving a review of the club and the course. Delighted you enjoyed the experience.

Hope we see you again some time?

Andy Arnott

Assistant secretary


"Wet & Windy introduction to Ayrshire"


AndyWhitton's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
First time playing Walked Wet weather

Reviewed on

Very accommodating staff allowed us to delay tee off time due to conditions.

Marvellous clubhouse. Met personally by the Club Secretary & given a guided tour of a very historic clubhouse.

Considering the wet & windy weather the course was in remarkable condition. I would certainly like to play it again but perhaps not in a gale


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/25/2017

Andy,

Just glad you managed to play and enjoyed the day. The road from the bypass was closed for a 5 week period. The course is terrific even at this early stage of the season.

Come back and visit us again soon and thanks for leaving such a positive review.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"First class!"


lamps24's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I highly recommend Irvine bogside gc.

It's a joy to play and some very good holes.

I wouldn't hesitate to play this course again!

Top drawer from Start to finish!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/05/2017

Thanks for your great comments.

Come back and see us again soon.

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary


"Superb!"


t1433537739's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

First time playing Irvine today - seriously impressed!

We were delayed/rerouted by some local roadworks so didn't have time to check out the facilities but managed to squeeze in a friendly welcome and chat with the club captain who met us in the car park.

Course was in top condition with some great views around the 6th/7th. Greens running true and very quick. Enjoyed every hole, lots of variation. Some tough long par 4's - make sure your driving is in good shape!

Look forward to returning.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/26/2017

Glad you managed to get here on time and enjoyed your round.

The course is looking great for the time of the year and we hope you and your friends come back and see us again.

Regards

Andy Arnott

Assistant Secretary



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