St Andrews may be the "home of golf" but Ayrshire isn't doing too badly when it comes to golf courses. There are many municipal courses including Belleisle, Dalmilling, Prestwick, Maybole, Girvan etc as well as many private clubs not too mention the more well known courses at Turnberry (pictured) and Royal Troon, both of which played host to the British Open golf tournament during the 1990's. In fact it was at Prestwick Golf Club, in 1860, that the British Open was first played.
Equipment: Golf Clubs might be handy :) But unless you are determined to stick out like a sore thumb as a tourist, leave the tartan trousers at home!
Ayr Racecourse. Flat and jumps. Good quality racing. Best is Gold Cup meeting in september.
Equipment: £35 - thats £5 to bet on each race.
Check weather forecast. Anything could happen, and probably will. Its Scotland.
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Ayr is well known for its racecourse which is home to the Scottish Grand National every April as well as the Ayr Gold Cup in September. Its the top racecourse in Scotland and has more racing days than any other in Britain.
At other times it also plays host to the annual Guy Fawkes fireworks display and a weekly Sunday market and car boot sale.
Ayr United, the 'Honest Men' are the local professional football team. As of writing, they are looking a good bet for relegation to the Second Division. Here are some salient points:
They are, generally, rubbish. Logically, a town of Ayr's size should be able to support a team capable of generating a decent level of support and spending at least some time in the SPL (top division). Not for the last 25 years or so. Made even more galling by the success of bitter local rivals Kilmarnock (SPL regulars, Scottish Cup winners, games in Europe). The nearest brush with success was reaching a Cup semi-final two or three seasons ago (hammered 6-0, I believe). Still, it did involve beating Kilmarnock on the way.
For years, sponsored by Barr Construction. Ironically, as Barr have built most of the recent stadia in Scotland, and Ayr's home, Somerset Park, is (reportedly) decrepit. Still, at least they are not bankrupt.
The legendary manager Ally McLeod. The man who made Scotland believe we would win the 1978 World Cup. Also was manager of Ayr United, and I'm sure it is no coincidence this was their most successful recent period Recently deceased, but his memory will live in Ayr, as long as football is played there.
Hugh Sproat, the punk goalkeeper.
Equipment: Several pints of beer is probably the best preparation for watching an Ayr United match.
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Newmilns Dry Ski Slope
I go here fairly regularly to snowboard. Obviously its not actually on snow, its a kind of astroturf but it means we can go year round and its a bit more affordable than the indoor snow slope in Glasgow. Plus nearer if you are in the Ayrshire area. We currently pay £8.50 which gives us two hours on the slope & includes board/ski hire, boots, helmut hire. There are also lessons available in both snowboarding and skiing.
Equipment: we hire equipement as part of the price we pay but you can bring your own if you have skis or a snowboard.
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