Turnberry Resort - Ailsa Course

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (4)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 7211 yards

  • Westin Turnberry Resort, Turnberry, Ayrshire KA26 9LT
  • +44 (0) 1655 334000
  • +44 (0) 1655 331069
  • turnberry.co.uk
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Year built: 1946
Architect(s): Mackenzie Ross (1946)
Type: Resort
Style: Links

Rentals/Services

Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes - £50 per person per day
Caddies: Yes - £40 plus gratuity at own discretion per person

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 70 7211 yards 0.0 0
Medal 70 6493 yards 0.0 0
Gents 70 6100 yards 0.0 0
Red 70 5802 yards 0.0 0

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 5.0 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 4 Reviews
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recommend this course

4 out of 4 reviews


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"Beauty of the Open Rota"


JeffArenson's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2014
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played Turnberry's Ailsa course twice on consecutive days. It is not as difficult as one might think; however, if you are off your game it can still get you. Went out with a caddie as part of a threesome on a weekend and it took 4 and 1/2 hours. Went out on Monday by myself and it took 3:15 For a resort, it was surprisingly empty on a weekday (pleasantly surprised). From what I understand Trump is not going to have twilight rates at the Ailsa which is a shame I played twice for less money than it will cost once now. The place has been called the Pebble Beach of Scotland and now it is priced the same. Like Pebble, it is worth it to play once.
The course itself is scenic and does have a variety of good holes. Of course, the holes near the sea are majestic and, like Pebble, beautiful. The lighthouse is omnipresent and the remains of Bruce's Castle are a nice photo #as is most of the place#.
The 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th holes are the best stretch for quality golf; however, I found the 10th to be the best of the seaside holes; the13th with the narrow appearance and the 16th with a burn in front were the best of the inland holes. All the rest is very good as is the par 3.
I was with a caddie on the first day and it helped the experience. I can't say that of all places that I have worked with a caddie. He helped me out for the next day when I was on my own.
Over all, Turnberry is a can't miss in Scotland. It is on the easier side of things as I played each day about 5 strokes better than my handicap. The resort has a variety of restaurants and the 19th hole is a must do. Some of the better #faster) service, better food and excellent views. I can see why they call this place the Pebble Beach of Scotland and it should be on your bucket list. A very pleasant walk indeed.


Player Tip: With a stay and play price tag of about $800, you might want to stay in town and just play the course. No twilight rate-why I probably won't return.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Not the toughest layout in the rota"


picayune1's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2013
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played as a single with the best caddy ever, Ian, definitely ask for him! This is a resort course and as such you must know that it is an easy layout. I shot 9 over and I'm a 14 handicap. Huge fairways, it takes a pretty bad shot to find the rough. As pointed out to me by my caddy at Royal Troon, that course doesn't see much changing when hosting the Open Championship. Not so at Turnberry. They have to pinch in the rough, bring it in to make the fairways narrower, so you can expect a bit of a breather if you`re tired of getting beaten up by knee high rough and death by pot bunkers. Still, this place is steeped in history and has some brilliant scenery. Staff is very welcoming, clubhouse and range are excellent. A very enjoyable day on a fantastic links golf course that, if you play well, will flatter your golf ego with a good score


Player Tip: bring your camera for some great shots of the lighthouse and Isle of Arran

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"An eclectic mix of myth and legend"


MattAdamsGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2013
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The Turnberry Ailsa Course is an eclectic mix of myth and legend, only it is nearly impossible to discern where one ends the other begins. Stunning views of the Firth of Clyde from the perched hotel are dominated by the Ailsa Craig, a massive “volcanic plug” that sits some ten miles off the mainland that sends one’s mind racing to things ancient. Castle ruins surrounding the oft-photographed lighthouse behind the 10th tee are purported to be the birthplace of Scottish hero Robert the Bruce and the land was used not once, but twice, as an airfield during the two World Wars (parts of the tarmac are still visible to this day). Golfing-knights of a more recent era defined their own exploits of lore, including Tom Watson, famed for slaying Jack Nicklaus in an epic “Duel in the Sun” during the 1977 Open Championship, Greg Norman, Nick Price and again, Tom Watson, during the 2009 Open when a heart-breaking bogey on the 72nd hole doomed his historic endeavor. The course is worthy of it’s place in history yet maintains a very present-day challenge, particularly the finishing stretch, to today’s golfing crusaders.   


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"History, history, history"


JayCoffinGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2013
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Played this as the second round of a 36-hole day.

The first three holes are tough, then Nos. 4-11 provide spectacular scenery and require demanding shots.

The ninth hole (the lighthouse hole) is worth whatever rate you pay to play. Beautiful.

Buddy of mine finished birdie-birdie-par to help us win our match and, while playing those holes, it's impossible not to think of Tom Watson in the 2009 British Open. Still can't believe he didn't win that thing!!!


Player Tip: The lighthouse is better than you imagine.

Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




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