A magical seaside municipal in Ayrshire. But while you’ll be splashing out well over three figures to tee it up at Troon and Turnberry, you only need to part with just over a tenner for the privilege of tackling the delightful Darley, which is one of a trio of links on this site (Lochgreen and Fullarton are the others).
With its tight heath and gorse-lined fairways, the Darley is one of the toughest in the area, including the Open venues. Darley is a true links as in the wildcat variety. It has feline ferocity and abounds with the renowned Scottish hazards of heather, gorse and whin. Although not as long as Lochgreen, it is a tough test of golf, demanding the most accurate of drives.
The original Darley course seems to date from around 1910 and the present course with an original bogey (par) of 71 was opened on June 9th 1951. The course was recently rated as the fourth most difficult in Scotland to play to your handicap on if you score well here you have played very well indeed.
Strong points: You're playing on classic linksland, with great turf, and it's hard to believe you can play for less than a tenner mid-week with 2-Fore!-1. Weak points: Some parts of the course were not in the best nick. And because it's extremely popular, it's extremely busy. Star hole is the long par-4 5th, You're firing into an undulating green impressively framed by pine trees.
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