THREE Ayrshire golf courses have been ranked amongst the best the world has to offer.

Golf Magazine recently produced their rankings of the top 100 courses globally, and Scotland featured heavily with 13 courses represented in the list.

Of those courses, the magazine - which has been in operation for more than 60 years - listed four which fall within the Ayrshire boundary.

In a list that features world-renowned courses like Augusta National - Trump Turnberry, Old Prestwick and Royal Troon also make the list.

The top ranking course in Scotland, understandably, is the 'home of golf' - St Andrew's Old Course - which comes in at number three.

The first Ayrshire course on the list is Trump Turnberry, owned by controversial figure Donald Trump.

The former open venue comes in at number 18 on the list, only a handful of places below one of America's best known venues in Pebble Beach.

You then have to go into the latter half of the list to find Ayrshire's other two course, with Old Prestwick coming in at number 63.

The theme of open venues continues with this inclusion, with the Ayrshire course famous for being the "birthplace" of the competition after the first ever iteration of the event was held their back in 1860.

While the final Ayrshire inclusion also has The Open close to heart - Royal Troon sitting at number 66 on the list.

The Ayrshire course is the only course in the county that remains on the competitions host venue rota - with the major championship to be held in South Ayrshire in 2024.