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Kildonan Golf Club, Arran, North Ayrshire. (1907 - 1970s)

The club was founded in 1907.

Kildonan Golf Club, Arran. Article from the Ardrossan Saltcoats Herald June 1907.

Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


The article above - A New Golf Course In Arran - is from The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Friday 7th June 1907 and reads as follows “Kildonan has been somewhat dilatory with that indispensable adjunct of a popular holiday resort – a golf course. Notwithstanding this defect, the locality has held its own by reason of its other attractive features, to which has now been added an excellent golf course. It is situated at the point where the road from Whiting Bay forks into two, and is easily accessible from all parts of the locality. It is finely diversified with deep ravines and picturesque views.”

From 1914 to its disappearance in the early 1970s the secretary was Alex McNeil, Kildonan, Arran. (The secretary must have been a very young man when he took on the role!) A 9 hole course on good turf with naturally dry soil. There was no entry fee. Subs for gents were 10/6d and ladies 7/6d. Visitors’ fees: gents 1/- a day, 3/6d a week, 7/6d a month, ladies 9d, 2/6d, 5/- respectively. Sunday play was not allowed. The pier at Whiting Bay was 3 miles away.

Although the club continued to be recorded in the Golfer’s Handbook into the 1970s it had probably closed long before this.

Kildonan Golf Club, Arran. Location of the golf course at Kildonan

Location of golf course at Kildonan.

Grid reference NS03635,21685, co-ordinates 203635,621685.