For countless thousands of players the world over, Turnberry is simply the finest golfing destination of all. The scene of some of the most remarkable moments in Open History, the legendary Ailsa is complemented by the dynamic challenges of the new Kintyre Championship course.
Long regarded as one of the finest courses in the world, the Ailsa came to international prominence with the famous duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson over the four days of the 1977 Open. It was then, in brilliant sunny weather, that a capacity crowd was treated to an exhilarating display of golf from two of the best golfers the world has even know.
Polls now regularly acknowledge the Ailsa as one of Britain’s top three courses which gives it eminence worldwide, with regular rankings within the world’s top 20 courses.
It’s no wonder that Colin Montgomerie says: “Turnberry offers the best links golf in the world”.
Signature hole: Ailsa Course: Ninth (454 yards, par 4) – The championship tee is perched out on a promontory of cliff with a sheer drop of 50 feet. Not for someone suffering with vertigo. The medal tee is some 40 yards further on but still a spectacular tee shot. It takes a 200 yard drive from the championship tee just to reach the fairway and a white stone market shows you where to aim for. If you are on this line, playing from the medal tees you will have a shot of about 180 yards to a large green untroubled by bunkers.
Ailsa – 18 holes, 6,976 yards medal tees), par 70 (69 medal). Professional record 63. amateur record 70.
Building on the challenges laid down by the famous old Arran course, the Kintyre is links golf at its exhilarating best. Undulating greens, glorious fairways, magnificent ocean holes, and all with stunning views of Kintyre, Arran, and the famous Turnberry Lighthouse.
Kintyre – 18 holes, 6,827 yards, par 72
There are many other less famous courses in the area that will provide enjoyable, challenging golf at very affordable prices. There is a mixture of links, heathland and parkland courses all with something different to offer. All are within easy driving distance of the Turnberry Links Estate.