Turnberry, Strathclyde KA26 9LT
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original course at Turnberry laid out by Willie Fernie (1901); later revisions by Major Cecil K. Hutchison (1938). Following WW2, when the course was transformed into an airbase, major renovations and revisions were made by Philip Mackenzie Ross (1945), and more recently by Martin Ebert of Mackenzie & Ebert (2016).
Above distances are for the Ailsa course. Also at Trump Turnberry is the 18-hole King Robert the Bruce course (par-72, 7203 yards from back tees) and 9-hole Arran course (1,996 yds from back tees).
20 miles S of Ayr
Follow the A77 south past Ayr, direction Maybole. Continue on the A77 through Maybole. After 7 miles turn right onto the A719 direction Turnberry. After approx o.4 miles turn left into golf.
The Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry is one that justifiably ranks alongside the world’s best. From first to last you will enjoy top-calibre links golf, accompanied by many stunning views known the world over in golfing circles. The Turnberry Hotel looks down proudly on the course from its hillside perch. One of the more famous lighthouses in golf often guides your way. In almost constant view is the Atlantic Ocean, with the volcanic pudding-bowl Ailsa Craig rock sitting just a few miles offshore.
The course itself is characterised by a succession of really memorable golf holes that thread their way through impressive and constantly undulating sand dunes. The first three holes pose a tough opening, particularly when the wind blows from brooding Ailsa Craig. From the 4th to the 8th, the coastal scenery is magnificent as the course weaves through the sand hills. And so to the mighty par-4 9th. Laid out on a stony ridge on the edge of the sea, this is Turnberry's trademark. The iconic lighthouse casts shadows over the 13th century ruins of Bruce's Castle, the reputed birthplace of Scotland's hero king Robert the Bruce. The narrow path to the tee and the drive across the corner of the bay fills players with fear and trepidation.
Always maintained in excellent condition, Turnberry's Ailsa course is a seaside links of great stature. It has provided a fitting stage for some of the most memorable "duels" in the history of the Open Championship. In 2009 it very nearly produced The Open's oldest winner ..... but inexcusably the golfing gods denied Tom Watson this honour, as he bogied the final hole and lost the ensuing playoff to Stewart Cink.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, combination tickets, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course. Caddies available.
Named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which it was built, Turnberry's No.1 course has staged countless major competitions, including the Open Championship, British Amateur, British Women's Open, British Seniors Open, Walker Cup and PGA Match Play (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Turnberry).
The war memorial in the centre of the Ailsa course pays tribute to the airmen who lost their lives flying missions from the Turnberry airstrip. The airstrip separates the Ailsa from the King Robert the Bruce course.
2019 Golf World rating: 3rd best course in Britain & Ireland; 2nd best in Scotland.
2019 Golf World rating: 2nd best Stay&Play golf resort in Britain & Ireland.
Maidens Road, Turnberry, South Ayrshire KA26 9LT
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With a name known throughout the golfing world, Turnberry (now part of the Trump Golf & Hotels collection), enjoys a spectacular coastal setting with breathtaking views of the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and the Irish Sea. Two unforgettable championship golf courses, a Golf Academy, luxury Spa, top-quality cuisine and many other facilities all contribute to this unforgettable and iconic resort.
Turnberry (Ailsa, King Robert the Bruce and Arran courses)
Belleisle; Prestwick St Nicholas; Prestwick; Royal Troon (24 miles).
Turnberry, South Ayrshire
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Malin Court is unique in that it combines elderly care accommodation with that of an internationally renowned hotel. The eighteen hotel bedrooms and three-bedroom cottage in the grounds all look out onto Turnberry Bay.
Turnberry (Ailsa, King Robert the Bruce and Arran courses)
Belleisle; Prestwick St Nicholas; Prestwick; Royal Troon.
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