Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club
is a golf club and course in Barassie
(on the outskirts of Troon
) on the west coast of Scotland
. Formed as Ossington Golf Club in 1887, the first course was at Holmes Farm in Kilmarnock
. The Club quickly became Kilmarnock Golf Club. The club moved to Barassie
in the 1890s.
The town of Kilmarnock
boasts a proud sporting heritage with some of the oldest football, rugby, cricket and bowling clubs in Scotland and the UK. (See Kilmarnock FC
; Kilmarnock RFC
The course itself is a Open Championship
Final Qualifying venue, and has undergone considerable changes over the past few years. It has twenty seven holes, and also has much improved facilities in the clubhouse and professional's shop run by Gregor Howie.
The additional nine holes are part of the championship course and have added a different dimension to Barassie with a Par of 72 and a Standard Scratch of 74. The course measures at just under 7000 yards and the new holes provide some challenges, perhaps no more so than the par 3 fourth hole or the quirky double dog leg par 5 eighth.
The course was host for The Amateur Championship
in June 2001 along with Prestwick Golf Club
and played host to the European Youths Championships the previous year. The Open Championship
at Royal Troon
saw Barassie play host to the Junior Open Championship.
Well known members include Jim Milligan and Gordon Sherry
who played in successful Walker Cup
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