Just opposite Western Gailes, on your left as you travel towards Troon by rail, is another layout of the highest quality. Unassuming, modest and partly concealed beyond tall pines is Kilmarnock Barassie. You could be excused for missing it if you were staring out to sea on your way past.
But that would be a shame, because although there may be as many as a dozen courses within a 10-mile radius that are more famous, few can rival its rich history or the quality of its carpet-like greens.
Although the club celebrated its centenary back in 1987 however, it has recently undergone significant change with the addition of 9 holes to the original layout. Importantly, the quality of the main course, by which any club stands or falls, has not been compromised. But then it was hardly a gamble to extend beyond the original boundaries at the far end of the course and to those visiting for the first time, the only way of knowing where the old and new merge is by crossing beyond a small stone wall. Whichever loop you play you will not be disappointed.
Dunbar was designed by a combination of Old Tom Morris, Ben Sayers and James Braid, not a bad trio, and together they produced a links classic.
For those of us approaching from England, that makes Dunbar Golf Club an ideal choice either to open up your trip or to conclude it on the way home.