Turnberry Ailsa

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What we say

With Ailsa Craig as a backdrop, and the iconic lighthouse and hotel in the foreground, is there anywhere we’d rather be on a summer’s afternoon? Arguably the most stunning location and a real contrast in terms of test and variety with the less aesthetically-blessed Carnoustie and Lytham. There is no question Turnberry is a stunning course, and has a championship calibre, and is a great place to play. 

The Ailsa has history and quality in its design. But of all the great links, there is none more dramatic, or breathtaking, or stunningly beautiful. Set on a rocky outcrop on the south Ayrshire coast, above a stunning expanse of sandy beach, you look out west to that great big birthday cake of a rick, Ailsa Craig, where every curling stone in Britain used to come from. And it si the proximity to the sea which makes Turnberry so special. Unlike many classic links, the seas is visible from every part of the course, and eight consecutive holes from the 4th run right hard up against the shoreline. Indeed, along this stretch the sea is not out of bounds, and many a wayward fellow has tried to hack his way back towards the straight and narrow. Mackenzie Ross has produced an outstanding layout which never ceases to surprise.

It's always in tip-top condition with super-true, velvety greens. The location also takes your breath away. Star holes are the sweeping par-4 5th, overlooked by massive dunes and the cliff edge drive over the bay brings an unforgettable conclusion to the front nine.

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Often regarded as one of the best links in the world, the Turnberry Ailsa has the history, golf and views to back up that claim. Having hosted the Open Championship four times, this course is a must-play for any golfer.

The par-70, 7211-yard championship course doesn't start gently and the opening holes can be extremely difficult depending on whether the wind is up or not. You'll meet the trademark lighthouse at the turn and face the only par-5 on the course on the back nine.

Turnberry has recently been bought by Donald Trump for around £35 million and he has promised to improve the course and redevelop the ageing hotel.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 5 out of 5
  • TG Rating 5 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.6 out of 5
  • Address
    Maidens Road, Turnberry, GIRVAN
  • Tel 01655 334 032
  • Website www.turnberry.co.uk

Course Information

Course 70 par
Course Style -
Green Fees £135-£250
Course Length 6,976 yards (6,379 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Proprietary

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course has: Buggy Hire
  • Course has: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course does not have: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 5 out of 5 Golfing paradise

    By Dave

    Played 2nd April 2015 played previous 2 days at Carnoustie and old course at St Andrews. from arrival to departure it was 1st class we arrived earlier than expected and enquired about changing which was no problem before given free access to driving range, staff very helpful and informative the main club house is being refurbished at present so had to use academy. on to the golf course we where met by the very friendly starter given a pack containing planner,tees ball marker,pitch repairer etc as the course was quiet we had plenty of time for photos as the scenery was breathtaking the 4 to 11 especially so hard to find a weak hole we will be back.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Beautiful but maybe little too hard.

    By macim67

    I was lucky enough to play here yesterday, 30/03/12, and I find it hard to be critical, the whole set up is outstanding. The course is too hard for me personally, I play off 9, but I could not help but be blown away by the beauty and spectacle of many of the holes, the location is outstanding.

  • 5 out of 5 Ha Ha Ha

    By arm

    A year and a bit after playing it and I still smile at just how good this course is - £160 seems a lot but the course, ambience, welcome and service (free use of Montgomery Academy and cairngorms putting green (hillier than most courses)) soon make the worry of the money go away. Play this course, enjoy and experience how golf should be. A cheaper alternative could be Silloth on Solway.

  • 3.5 out of 5 Good

    By Anonymous

    Good course, appauling welcome

  • 4 out of 5 Jaw-dropping

    By Anonymous

    A complete course. Just amazing, jaw-dropping... can golf get any better than this?

  • 4.5 out of 5 Brilliant

    By Anonymous

    This is a magnificent golf course, worth every penny,if you ever get the chance you must play it. The par threes are especially memorable as is the scary 16th green.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Fantastic

    By Anonymous

    Links golf at its absolute best. Staff friendly and helpful, scenery magnificant, course one of the greats and to top it all, we stayed in one of the lodges which are superb. Does it get any better?

  • 5 out of 5 So hard

    By Anonymous

    It is an amzing place... but so hard. I had to stop worrying about scores and losing balls and just enjoy the scenery - which was amazing

  • 5 out of 5 Class

    By Anonymous

    Can't be beaten

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