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.