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THE AILSA AT TURNBERRY

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BUILD YOUR DREAM TOUR

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AN UNRIVALED GOLF CLASSIC.

When it comes to iconic golf destinations in Scotland, Turnberry is almost unrivalled. The Ailsa course has hosted The Open Championship on four occasions and is consistently ranked among the best golf courses and golf hotel in the world. For over a century this combination has offered one of the finest pairings of Golf and the Good Life in Scotland.

Turnberry was built by the Glasgow & Southwestern Railway in 1906 and originally known as The Station Hotel and regarded as one of the most popular destinations for golf in the country. Like many a great championship course, the Ailsa is blessed with several iconic holes, the 5th, 9th, 11th, & 18th to name but a few. The famous lighthouse is also recognised as the Turnberry Halfway House, where golfers can pause for the usual recharge while soaking in the iconic views.

The 9th hole was once a par-4 and was transformed into one of golf’s finest par-3’s, with the green perched at the base of the famous lighthouse that is recognised worldwide. The 18th at the Ailsa has seen two unforgettable moments in The Open Championship. Both of which were produced by the same Player.

18

Holes

7489

Yards

71

Par

A DUEL IN THE SUN

During the 1977 Open, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson put on a show that has come to be know as the “Duel in the Sun.” The two players matched each other shot for shot over all four days, until Tom Watson sealed the win by knocking his approach to 2-feet on the final hole. Over 30 years later, the 59-year-old Watson returned to the last hole of the 2009 Open Championship with a 1-stroke lead, unfortunately the perfect story was not to be.

TURNBERRY TRADITIONS

Every night at 6pm, golfers and guests alike witness one of golfs great traditions, as he lone-bagpiper serenades the coastline with traditional Scottish ballads, as the sea and Ailsa Course stand in as a backdrop.

Turnberry offers many a story and the fact Turnberry was requisitioned by the British military for use as an air force base, much of its remnants can be seen throughout the estate, including significant portions of the former runways. Next to the 12th green, a memorial stands in honour of those who lost their lives whilst serving at RAF Turnberry.

A WORLD CLASS COURSE IN GOOD COMPANY.

The Ayrshire coast is a popular choice for Scotland golf trips thanks to the rich assortment of Championship Links Golf. In additional to the Ailsa course, Royal Troon, and its famous Postage Stamp, as well as Prestwick Golf Club, the Birthplace of The Open Championship are both just a short journey away. Nearby, Western Gailes is another fine links course that attracts attention as a must play venue as well as Machrihanish Golf Club. As one of the iconic destinations for golf in Scotland, Ayrshire ranks on the must play regions for any golfer whilst visiting Scotland.

The 1977 Open Championship will forever stay in the memory as one of golf’s most memorable sporting contest with Duel in the Sun and I’m glad to say I played my part.” 

Tom Watson (1977 Open Champion at Turnberry)

ACCOMMODATION

Trump Turnberry Hotel, Turnberry

1 Min

Brig O’Doon House Hotel, Ayr

20 Mins

The Marine & Spa, Troon

35 Mins

Lochgreen House Hotel & Spa, Troon

35 Mins

RESTAURANTS

1906

1 Min

Scouters Inn

5 Mins

Wildings

5 Mins

The Rabbit

35 Mins

The Vine

35 Mins

Scott’s Bar & Restaurant

40 Mins

Lido

40 Mins

PUBS

Scoutar Jonnies

30 Mins

Old Loans Inn

35 Mins

The Red Lion Inn

35 Mins

Dan McKays

40 Mins

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