Ailsa Championship Course
The reborn Ailsa Course reopened after extensive redevelopment on 1st June 2016. Long regarded as one of the finest courses in the world, the changes introduced by Donald Trump and Martin Ebert, course architect, have raised The Ailsa to a new level of excellence.
The Ailsa came to international prominence with the famous duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson over the four days of the 1977 Open. It was then, in brilliant sunny weather, that a capacity crowd was treated to an exhilarating display of golf from two of the best golfers the world has ever known.
Scene of some of the most memorable moments in Open history, the Ailsa Championship course is a legend in the world game. Watson, Norman, Price, Cink; they’ve all won The Claret Jug, golf’s most coveted trophy here on the Turnberry links.
No hole has been left untouched but the main changes have been to the 4th, 6th, 9th,10th 11th and 14th.
The first 3 holes always a tough opening into the prevailing south west wind have been improved by extending the 1st and the greens of all three holes have been modified to allow extra options for pin positions.
The 4th to 11th hug the coast of The Firth of Clyde and the walk from the 5th green to the new shorter, but demanding, 6th hole provides a stunning view over Turnberry bay to Ailsa Craig, The Isle of Arran and Northern Ireland on a clear day.
The new 9th hole, now a long par 3, with the green adjacent to the iconic lighthouse, now the halfway house, replaces the hogs back fairway. The 10th is now a long par 5 sweeping round the bay to the par 3 11th which has been moved close to the sea.
The 14th now snakes uphill to the green with the lighthouse and Arran as a spectacular backdrop and the finishing hole now extends from the dunes overlooking the sea directly towards the famous hotel providing a stunning finish.
The best just got better.
Kintyre Championship Course
Partially closed to allow redevelopment of the 4 holes on Bain’s hill as part of the overall redevelopment of the Turnberry courses, 4 holes of The Arran Course are being utilised to make up the 18 holes. This project will be completed by Spring 2017.
Building on the challenges laid down by the famous old Arran course, the Kintyre is links golf at its exhilarating best. Undulating greens, glorious fairways, magnificent ocean holes, and all with stunning views of Kintyre, Arran, and the famous Turnberry Lighthouse.
Closed at present as 4 holes from the Arran are being used for the Kintyre during its redevelopment, this challenging course has been specifically designed to allow Turnberry’s team of P.G.A. professionals the opportunity to pass on advice and tips about links golf, course management, and to give an insight into how play and think your way around a golf Course.
The Arran course has all the challenge’s that the world famous Ailsa and new Kintyre course have to offer, such as undulating greens, tight tee shots, pot bunkers and thick, Scottish rough. The holes are an exciting mixture of par 3’s and 4’s, which are aimed at every standard of golfer, from the novice to the advanced player.
This excellent training ground allows the golfer to receive personalised tuition and to practice a full range of Links shots and techniques, in full view of the famous Turnberry lighthouse.
The Arran is the perfect introduction to Links golf and provides an ideal practice round prior to tackling a magnificent 36 hole complex that for beauty and challenge is unsurpassed.