Dundonald Links Golf Course

Dundonald Links is a beautiful championship golf course in Ayrshire, just 12.7 miles or a 20 minute drive from Mercure Ayr Hotel. The name reflects the area’s rich history. Dundonald means ‘Fort Donald’ and fortifications have been discovered nearby dated to between 500 and 200. It was even converted for military use during World War II and lay dormant until the beginning of the 21st century.

In 2008, Dundonald was chosen as the venue for the first stage of the European Tour Qualifying School and continued to host until 2011. In 2012, the course played host to Senior Opening Qualifying. The Boys Amateur Championship came to Dundonald in 2014, before the course welcomed some of the world’s best female golfers for the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Dundonald welcomed the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Other Local Events

Ayr Races

Ayr Races

Ayr Racecourse is Scotland’s only Grade 1 track and home to the jewels in the crown of Scottish Racing – the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival in April and the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival in September. There are nearly 40 fixtures every year, many of them having live entertainment. There is something for everyone at Scotland’s premier racecourse. Mercure Ayr is just 1.5 miles from Ayr Racecourse. The hotel is hosting their corporate event every year at the race course.

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

You can see where Burns and his family lived, side by side with their farm animals, ate their meals together, read by the fireside’s crackle and where Burns got his earliest schooling.

The walls of the cottage have been artfully daubed with fragments of his verse and a braw selection of Scots words, such as ‘hawkie’ and ‘crambo-jingle.’ Outside is the small farm where Robert tended the crops alongside his father and brother Gilbert.

The Cottage spent a good part of the 19th century as a private residence for rent and an alehouse, before being restored to its former glory by the Alloway Burns Monument Trust in 1881.

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is only a ten minute drive from the hotel.