Monday 8 June 2009

New Ayrshire Hotel for Open Championship

A new sixteen-room hotel opens on July 11 six miles from Turnberry, just in time to offer last-minute four-star accommodation for those attending the British Open Golf Championship July 16-19.

The Woodland Bay Hotel near Girvan has a small number of Open packages left which include accommodation for two, full Scottish breakfast, packed lunches and even transport to and from Turnberry.The stunning new hotel is a £1m plus investment by the Forbes family who own the popular Woodland Farm just south of Girvan on the A77.

Director Gillian Forbes said: “The hotel is perfect for golf fans who have left their Open accommodation to the last minute. We’ve already taken bookings from as far afield as New Zealand, Sweden and the USA but we still have a small number of Ocean View bedrooms left.”

Describing the facilities, Gillian said: “All the rooms have been decorated to a very high standard and offer six-feet king-size or twin beds, colour TVs with satellite channels, broadband access, telephones, ironing centres, hospitality trays and en suite double shower rooms with heated towel rails and hairdryers.

Superior rooms are larger and more luxurious, offering stunning ocean views and magnificent sunsets.“Mezzanine suites also offer DVD/CD players, fridges, towelling bathrobes and slippers and a fine range of luxury toiletries. All rooms are non-smoking and some rooms are able to sleep up to 3 or 4 adults.”She added: “The hotel is superbly located for golfers, with thirty-one courses within an hour’s drive. Ayrshire boasts three Open Championship courses - The Ailsa at Turnberry, Prestwick and Royal Troon.

“In addition, there are a host of quality links courses such as Kilmarnock Barassie, Glasgow Gailes, Western Gailes, The Dundonald, Irvine Bogside, West Kilbride, the Turnberry Kintyre and Prestwick St Nicholas. And in Ayr and Troon you'll find three of the best municipal courses in the country at Lochgreen, Darley and Belleisle. Girvan itself is a wee gem of a course with fantastic views.”

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