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Turnberry Ailsa Course

Turnberry, Scotland

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The Ailsa Championship Course at Turnberry is situated on a rocky peninsula that defines the game of golf. Within the greater Trump Resort complex, one of the world’s most internationally recognised courses lies in magnificent style. With the looming Ailsa Craig on the horizon, the iconic lighthouse serves as an eternal sentinel among the ruins of Turnberry Castle, said to be the birthplace of one King Robert the Bruce. The Ailsa Course lies on Scotland’s Ayrshire coast, not far from Dundonald Links, Kilmarnock Barassie Links, Western Gailes and Royal Troon. The Aisla golf course has hosted The Open Championship.

Golf Course Information

Home of four Open Championships, the legendary Ailsa course has hosted some of the most iconic names in golf. Reborn in June 2016 at the hands of renowned architect, Martin Ebert, the transformation makes the Ailsa the number one ranked golf course in the UK & Ireland. Set alongside the glorious Ayrshire coastline, with Arran and Ailsa Craig as a stunning backdrop, it is one of the finest golfing destinations in the world. Named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which it was built, this par-71, 6,474-yard Championship course is one of golf’s storied places. Home to four Open Championships, Ailsa has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournament’s history. Set alongside the glorious Ayrshire coastline, with Arran and Ailsa Craig as a stunning backdrop, it is one of the finest golfing destinations in the world.


With its illustrious history spanning over 100 years, Trump Turnberry has added a new chapter to its inspiring story with over £200m invested by new owners The Trump Organization to completely restore and revamp the resort, including the Championship Ailsa course. The Ailsa is one of the world’s most loved golf courses and has had the privilege of hosting the Open Championship four times, including the unforgettable 1977 Duel in the Sun.  Since acquiring the resort in 2014, The Trump Organization and famed golf course architects Mackenzie & Ebert have completed a meticulous historic study and modern-day review of the Ailsa course, creating a true masterpiece.


A selection of inspiring changes has been implemented including the creation of five dramatic and stunning new holes plus a range of alterations covering virtually every corner of the course. Since these changes have been made, the Ailsa has been ranked by Golf Monthly as the UK & Ireland’s number one golf course. The Ailsa was also named ‘Revdevelopment of the Year’ by Golf Inc Magazine, stating it as “an iconic property that has been restored immaculately without losing the proud history created over hundreds of years.’

Venue Information

Enhance your golf skills at The Golf Academy at Trump Turnberry, inclusive of a putting facility, teaching bay full of top-of-the-line golf technology, and a True Spec fitting studio. In June 2015, The Turnberry Clubhouse was reopened following an extensive refurbishment creating an unrivalled destination for golfers and visitors. Home to one of the largest Pro Shop’s in Europe, this richly decorated, well-appointed clubhouse also features a replica claret jug, which is on display along with a collection of memorabilia which reflects the resort’s rich Open history. Why not visit Turnberry’s 19th hole, the “The Duel in the Sun” restaurant, named in honour of the legendary play-off between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in the 1977 Open Championship.


The Duel in the Sun restaurant commands exceptional views over the golf course and features a steak and lobster theme to its extensive menu. While a number of food favourites for golfers remain, including fish and chips, there is also a Josper Grill menu which uses a unique a Spanish cooking style adding a delicious charcoal flavour to meat or fish. The unrivalled golfing history of the resort is also acknowledged in two meeting rooms, the Champions Suite and the Tom Watson Boardroom, both of which feature iconic images of the illustrious winners of many major tournaments at Trump Turnberry over the years.


The pro shop, one of the largest of its kind in Europe, the shop is an impressive 3,600 square feet and stocks the latest in golfing apparel. If you are looking for a memento or a souvenir of your time at Trump Turnberry, or need some additional golf wear, then head to the professional shop and choose from branded merchandise from names such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Galvin Green and more.

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