Turnberry, Ailsa Course

Ayrshire, Scotland
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  • Links Course
  • Founded in 1951
  • Designed by Mackenzie Ross
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    Championship
  • Par 70
  • SSS 72
  • 6976 Yards
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  • Par 72
  • SSS 72
  • 6440 Yards
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  • Par 72
  • SSS 75
  • 5757 Yards
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    Turnberry in Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland is the site of one of the world's most beautiful and challenging golf courses. Turnberry is home to two championship courses the Ailsa and the much younger Kintyre course. The Ailsa Championship course is often regarded as the best course in Scotland, after St Andrew Old course, and amongst the top ten in the world. Turnberry provides the complete golfing experience with an excellent layout, magnificent scenery and plenty of history. Situated on the Irish Sea and the Firth of Clyde, with spectacular views of Ailsa Craig, a large round island of granite eleven miles out to sea.

    Golf at Turnberry began in 1905 when the Willie Fernie 1883 Open champion designed two 13 hole courses. The Turnberry hotel was constructed at the same time to accommodate the visiting golfers. Turnberry rise to one of the best golf courses in the world was delayed due to World War 1 and World War 2 during which the course was converted in to an airfield. Shortly after World War 2 Mackenzie Ross was asked to rebuild and restore the course the result was the Ailsa. Soon after its redesign the course was awarded Championship status.

    The Ailsa course gained international prominence when it hosted its very first Open in 1977. The famous duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson over four days was one of the most dramatic head to head battles in Championship Golf. The two players matched each other shot for shot for the first three days starting the final day tied it was a tense final round with Watson getting birdie on the 18th to win his second Open Championship.

    Between the 4th and 11th holes the course hugs the shoreline, with the natural hazards coming into play. The fairways are lined by sand dunes and the 9th to the 11th are bordered by craggy rocks, which should be avoided at all costs.

    The ninth (known as Bruce's Castle) is Turnberry's signature hole, it is one of the most photographed holes in world golf. The remote tee is set on a high rocky outcrop jutting out over the sea. From the tee you drive across the corner of the bay on to a narrow fairway when the wind is gusting you will need to be at your very best to find the fairway.

    The 16th is named the ‘Wee Burn,’ referring to Wilson’s Burn, which runs along the fairway just short of the green. The strategically placed fairway bunker on the left side of the fairway makes the approach especially difficult. Shots that carry the burn but do not carry to safety will tend to trickle back into the hazard. While modest in length, this tight par four can trip up golfers of all abilities.

    After a short but memorable par-five 17th, which plays through the dunes, the golfer arrives at 'Ailsa Hame,' the closing set of hole's at Turnberry. Played from the championship tee, the hole doglegs to the left, which puts extra emphasis on the two fairway bunkers that protect the bow in the fairway. Tee shots must be played conservatively to the right, leaving a straight but long approach to a green set just above the fairway. From the regular tees, the drive favouring the right side avoids the two bunkers and leaves a relatively easy finish. From either tee, the Westin hotel provides the backdrop from its perch up on the hill; an appropriate final scene for finishing one of the greatest layouts in world golf.

    Colin Montgomerie, describes Turnberry as "the finest links course in the world", a fact emphasised when he was happy to put his name to the Golf academy at the resort. The academy has tuition programs for all levels of ability from the starter to the scratch golfer. The academy provides both indoor and outdoor training areas, including a special nine hole academy course.

    You don t have to be a golfer to enjoy Turnberry the Spa provides you with the perfect place to relax and chill out. The facilities include a Swimming pool with loungers and a separate children's pool. There are three saunas and a jacuzzi and for the more energetic a gym and squash courts. The Spa also has a beauty Salon offering a large range of treatments for both men and women.

    Within the 800 acres of the Turnberry resort you can also take part in Quad and mountain biking on a purpose built cross country course. You can experience 4x4 off road driving on a specially designed course with 45 degree slopes and a challenging track. Horse riding is always popular with guests of all ages, you can go riding along the beach or a more challenging ride trekking up the surrounding hills. The local lochs and rivers are excellent for trout and salmon fishing. The resort also provides facilities for a range of other sports such as archery, clay target shooting and falconry.

    Contact Details
  • Turnberry Hotel Golf Club , Turnberry, Ayrshire, KA26 9LT
  • +44 (0)1655331000
  • www.turnberry.co.uk
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  • Weekday Green Fees
  • £160 per Round Peak Season
  • £80 per Round Off Peak
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  • £160 per Round Peak Season
  • £80 per Round Off Peak
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  • Advanced Booking Required
  • Visitors Welcome
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  • Handicap Certificate Required
  • Handicap Maximum: Men 24/Women 36
  • Dress code: Normal golfing attire
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  • Floodlit Driving Range
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