Turnberry Resort - Ailsa Course

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (2)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 7211 yards

Address Course Location

  • Westin Turnberry Resort, Turnberry, Ayrshire KA26 9LT
  • +44 (0) 1655 334000
  • +44 (0) 1655 331069
  • turnberry.co.uk

Key Info

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

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 5.0 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 2 Reviews
5 stars:
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4 stars:
0
3 stars:
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2 stars:
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1 stars:
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recommend this course

2 out of 2 reviews


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"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.   


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

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.

18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

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