Club History

Ballochmyle is an inland course situated some 10-12 miles from the Ayrshire coast which boasts some of the most famous golfing links in the world – Royal Troon, Old Prestwick and Turnberry.

These courses are famous world-wide because of their connection with the Open Championship which has been held on all three courses at one time or another.

Whilst Ballochmyle will never attain the worldly appeal of these courses, it offers its members and visitors a pleasant round of golf set in beautiful surroundings in the very heart of Burns country.

Ballochmyle has very strong connection in the life of Scotland’s National Bard and the inspirational views and natural beauty inspired him to write two of his most beautiful songs. The first, ‘Farewell to the Braes o’ Ballochmyle’ and secondly, ‘The Bonny Lass o’ Ballochmyle’.

The original owner of Ballochmyle Estate was Sir John Whitefoord, third Baronet of Blairquhan. This man was a close personal friend of Robert Burns but unfortunately had to sell the estate to Claud Alexander in 1783 when he lost his fortune during the collapse of the Bank of Douglas Heron & Co in Ayr.

‘Farewell to the Braes o’ Ballochmyle’ was written by Burns as a touching tribute to his friend after the enforced sale of the estate to the Alexander Family. As the poet was taking his favourite walk through Ballochmyle Estate in the summer of 1786, on the very grounds on which the golf course now sits, he saw Sir Claud Alexander’s sister Wilhelmina walking nearby and was so charmed by her beauty, he composed the song ‘The Bonnie Lass o’ Ballochmyle’.

The Alexander family still own the Estate of Ballochmyle and to this day, the eldest unmarried daughter of the family is known as ‘The Bonnie Lass o’ Ballochmyle’.

The Captain and members hope you enjoyed this short history of the club and look forward to seeing you visit Ballochmyle in the near future.