Turnberry’s Ailsa course, one of the most iconic golf courses in the world, has officially reopened today (1st June) as part of a £200m investment by the Trump Organization.
The jewel in Scotland’s golfing crown – most famous for the “Duel in the Sun” between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson at The Open Championship in 1977 – has undergone a bold transformation to create what must surely become regarded as the most exciting links course in the world.
Executive Vice President, Eric Trump, said: “We are incredibly proud of the exciting changes we have made to The Ailsa Championship course and are thrilled to be opening the course today. Golfers can expect to be both challenged and amazed at its beauty and the incredible scenery.”
Improvements to the mesmerizing stretch of coastal play have been carefully created by renowned international golf architect Martin Ebert, of Mackenzie & Ebert. All 18 holes have seen changes made with huge areas of turf moved between the various holes to complete the refurbishment. The key improvements include:
Commenting on the transformation, Martin Ebert said: “The Ailsa course has always enjoyed a superb landscape but now the seaside holes use the coastal setting as real playing and visual features. The fourth hole starts an incredible 8-hole coastal sequence set against the dramatic backdrop of the Ayrshire coast with Ailsa Craig and Arran adding to the beauty of the scene. Such a stunning stretch of seaside holes must be unmatched in the golfing world. The Ailsa has been reborn and it has to be played to be believed.”
The iconic Turnberry Lighthouse has also been transformed from one of golf’s most photographed backdrops to one of the game’s most unique halfway houses, following an impressive renovation. The landmark is now also an exclusive, two-bedroom suite, putting it firmly on the map as one of the world’s most spectacular places to stay.
The hotel and golf course have been closed to the public for the past eight months to allow for major renovations and improvements as part of a £200 million investment. The 103-room hotel has been entirely refurbished, too, with hard-carved mahogany beds, 315 chandeliers and metres of fine Italian marble throughout.
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