Trump Turnberry Resort - Ailsa Course

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About

Holes 18
Par 70
Length 7489
Slope 139
Rating 77.0
Type Resort
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.
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Trump Turnberry Resort - Ailsa Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 70 7489 yards 77.0 139
White 71 6511 yards 72.0 130
Yellow 71 6094 yards 70.0 124
Red (W) 71 5406 yards 72.0 127
Scorecard for Ailsa
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 77.0/139 441 425 496 194 531 171 575 476 248 3557 565 215 468 409 568 234 479 509 485 3932 7489
White M: 72.2/130 402 375 390 189 501 138 491 429 187 3102 496 178 388 380 498 183 420 449 417 3409 6511
Yellow M: 70.0/124 369 360 382 179 483 128 478 365 168 2912 487 146 383 344 487 167 381 387 400 3182 6094
Red W: 72.0/127 312 330 374 143 413 103 420 388 143 2626 371 115 356 331 409 107 375 350 366 2780 5406
Handicap 6 10 4 16 8 18 12 2 14 9 15 3 13 11 17 1 5 7
Par 4 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 3 35 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 36 71
Handicap (W) 12 6 18 8 2 14 4 16 10 11 7 3 15 1 17 5 13 9

Course Details

Year Built 1946
Golf Season January - October
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

Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.6
7

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 2
Dinner 2
Drinks 2
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 2
Undulating Greens 2
Elevation Changes 1
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 4
Advanced Golfers 3
Walkers 3
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 3
In the 'Burbs 1
Worth the Drive 1
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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather

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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
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!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Poor
Off-course amenities Poor
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Average weather

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?
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Excellent
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

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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

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
Staff Friendliness Good
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather

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.   
Staff Friendliness Good
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Channel
First Time Playing
Average weather

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!!!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average

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$110 Starting price
Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
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