Western Gailes Golf Course Review

18 holes, par 71, 7,014 yards. Links.

You may not have heard of Western Gailes, but you won't forget it in a hurry. It is a par 7that measures 7,014 yards, and is a glorious links course that many top professionals number among their favorites.

The fourth is 417 yards long with a fairway that tends to gather the ball to the right - where a bunker lies in wait. The ideal drive should be aimed over a hump, which should leave an open shot to a large, undulating green protected by three bunkers.  

The eighth measures 397 yards and presents various challenges. Your drive should be aimed at a red marker. Don't go too far left because there is a cavernous bunker waiting. And if you do finish in the sand you won't be able to go for the green as there is a burn short of it that has to be cleared. There are also three bunkers to the right of the green.  

The 15th is a magnificent 195-yard par three. Hit your tee shot left or right and you will find sand, but there is no sand at the front of the putting surface, so it is possible to land short and your ball will run up to the green.  

The 18th is a 407-yard par four where, once again, you must hit the ball onto the fairway - and that is easier said than done, with four traps clustered to the right of the fairway at the precise point where your drive would land. Furthermore, the green is on a slight ridge and well protected by bunkers.

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.