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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 70
Length 7489 yards
Slope 139
Rating 77.0

Trump Turnberry Resort in South Ayshire is home to the famous, century-old hotel overlooking the famous Ailsa Course, a regular host to the British Open. The Ailsa is most famous for its lighthouse by the ninth tee and the volcanic, Ailsa Craig rock that looms offshore.

The golf course was originally built at the same time as the hotel at the turn of the 20th century, but was plowed over during World War II and used as an airbase. Mackenzie Ross came in later and created a links course that has today become one of Scotland's most coveted. Trump Turnberry is also home to the championship Kintyre Course and nine-hole Arran.

Course Details

Year Built 1946
Golf Season Year round
Architect Mackenzie Ross (1946) Martin Ebert (2016)

Rentals/Services

Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.9
9 Reviews (9)
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Handicap 5-9
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5.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Turnberry worthy of the hype

Turnberry was the most expensive round of our trip (325 pounds). But the scenic value, the tremendous caddie experience, the history of the place and the post-round beer at the lighthouse made it well worth it.

The Ailsa course truly is one of the world’s great championship golf courses. It delivers incredible scenery, top-shelf architecture, and one of the best settings for links golf in Scotland. Most courses that have hosted major championships are good tests of skill, but lack the architectural character, unique features or setting to transcend greatness. They garner an undue amount of praise simply because of tournament history. But, Turnberry is worthy of all the hype, especially since the course overhaul.

The first three holes are par 4s, followed by a par 3 that introduces you to the Firth of Clyde. It is here that you first see the ragged cliffs that border the next eight holes. Trouble awaits left.

The par-3 ninth hole plays across a canyon with the lighthouse in the background. One cannot fully appreciate its beauty until you stand on that back tee. The lighthouse, which is part luxury villa, part halfway house, has to be the finest in the world. We were shuttled back out to there after our round to rehash the day and it was one of the highlights of the trip.

I had the best caddie experience that I’ve ever had. One cool thing that is fairly common at big courses in Scotland is that you’ll often draw a caddie that has professional experience on professional tours. It really put the finishing touch on a tremendous day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Excellent golfcourse

The golfcourse is in a very good conditions and the views are amazing. The scotish weather is scotish original weather... We enjoy the game very much. Proshop is fine and dinner is also excellent!!! TOP GOLFCOURSE!!!
David & Simona CZECH REPUBLIC

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Walked

Best Course in The World

I have played this course many times prior to the renovation and I can tell you everything that was done in the redesign has made it even better. There wasn't one change that we thought made it worse. This is a must play for those who have played it in the past. The stretch from 4-11 is unmatched.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

I expected more

For the money, this golf course is definitely not worth it! The staff is very friendly, but I found the service to be palling Lee slow! The food was overpriced and horrible! The course itself appears to have been designed by a subpar builder. Don't waste your money!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Average weather
Walked

Turnberry better than ever after renovation

Forget for a moment the politics or polarizing personality of Donald Trump. Push all that noise aside to recognize how great the Ailsa course has become after an eight-month renovation by Martin Ebert under Trump's watch.
The revamped Ailsa, which reopened in June, is better than ever. Every hole saw some sort of upgrade, but the most noticeable changes came to the coastal holes no. 4-11. All four par 3s in this stretch - holes 4, 6, 9 and 11 - play along the rocky Ayrshire coast with inspiring views of Ailsa Craig and the Turnberry Lighthouse. A new patio outside the halfway house at the base of the lighthouse would be a good place to linger, but only 10 minutes stops are allowed.
The new 10th hole is now a par 5 with its green shifted to edge of land where the old 11th tees once stood (a spot where I made an ace in 2013). The new 11th that replaced it runs along the rocks at the corner of the property. It's an improvement, no doubt.
All the rebuilt revetted bunkers feature crisp, clean edges. Ebert added a few blow-out bunkers on several holes like those at Chambers Bay or Whistling Straits. They look right at home.
The R&A must be pleased, which begs the question: When will The Open return?

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Denver Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Walked

Beauty of the Open Rota

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Walked

Not the toughest layout in the rota

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

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather
Walked

An eclectic mix of myth and legend

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.   

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Average weather
Walked

History, history, history

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!!!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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