Turnberry Hotel
Turnberry, Ayrshire KA26 9LT
Tel : +44 (0)1655 331 000 Fax : +44 (0)1655 331 000

A place where untamed countryside and unspoilt coastline sit side by side, where Robert the Bruce once ruled. Turnberry delivers the warmth of a superb country house hotel, famous links courses, excellent country pursuits, a world-class spa and hours simply relaxing.

Opened by HRH The Duke of York on 1993, The Clubhouse offers a range of opportunities including: A comprehensively stocked Golf Professional Shop, Dining Room, Private dining rooms and changing facilities for golfers. Turnberry offers the novice golfer a way of learning the fundamentals while enjoying all the facilities of a famous golf hotel. The hotel also has a health spa and conference centre.

The Ailsa and Arran courses at Turnberry were rescued from near extinction and redesigned by golf architect Mackenzie Ross in the 1950's. Since then the hotel has hosted many amateur and professional championships, culminating in its first Open championship in 1977.

Turnberry has never looked back, Watson in 1977, Greg Norman in 1986 and Nick Price in 1994... all testimony to Turnberry's greatness. Today the Ailsa course is regularly ranked among the top 20 courses in the world whilst the Arran is rated by some to be an even sterner challenge.

Turnberry is situated on the west coast of Scotland less than an hours drive from Glasgow Airport or 30 minutes from Prestwick Airport. 15 miles south of Troon.

Further Information
For more information on Turnberry Hotel see www.tu rnberry.co.uk

Course Details

Course Name: Ailsa Holes: 18 Yardage: 6976 SSS: 72
More perfectly manicured than most Scottish courses, both the Ailsa and Arran courses offer very challenging links golf, with a premium on accurate tee and iron shots. Holes four through eleven on the Ailsa course, which play along the sea, are as beautiful and demanding a stretch of golf as any in the world.

The ninth and the sixteenth at Ailsa are very tough par fours. The ninth tee is placed on a rocky promontory above the firth and is backed by the much photographed Turnberry lighthouse. The tee shot must find a narrow fairway for a long approach to the green. A long iron or a fairway wood is the best play an the sixteenth, since accuracy is much more important than distance an this 409-yard hole, though the second shot must carry the Wee Burn, which is wee in name only.

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Course Name: Arran Holes: 18 Yardage: 6014 SSS: 69
Ailsa gets all the fame, but the Arran course presents its own special demands and, though shorter, can be just as much a test if the wind is up.
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  • Turnberry

    Bob Gynn (GHIN-10.0) wrote on: Jul 23, 2011

    Played Ailsa in May 2011.
    Didn't know much as I should have about Turnberry going in, but it was my favorite Scotland course. We played 8 courses including the Old, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, and Gleneagles, and the Ailsa was the tops on all of my foursomes lists. Wind was up and the rain was everywhere in the area, though we were fortunate to stay fairly dry. The breakfast at the hotel was top notch.


  • Turnberry's Ailsa course

    john o neill hdcp 4 wrote on: Jul 10, 2008

    played the ailsa course in march 2007 what a wonderful place to play golf my friends and i had such a great day will be looking foward to open in 2009 to see how the pro`s handle this course, to us it is one of the best in the world.


  • Turnberry Ailsa

    CE Johnson (USGA Index 17.5) wrote on: May 19, 2004

    Played May 2004. Pricey, but the most beautiful golf course I have ever played. We played under clear skies, with NO wind, and the temperature at about 65 degrees F. Well, you cannot have everything. We could only imagine how difficult the course would be with the wind up. We did not take caddies, we never do, and did not feel like we really needed them. A great test of golf for the highly skilled player, but also very playable (from the shorter tees) for the less skilled (such as myself).


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Keith Harris 12 hdcp 01/00

    Keith Harris 12 hdcp wrote on: Dec 31, 1999

    Just played one of the best! Not as historic as the Old Course, but a lot more beautiful. Played off the white tees with the wind in my face from the 4th to the 11th.I found the par three's the hardest, taking 6 on 4th. A great hole. Chipped in for par at the 5th, yes! When I got to the 9th, I was allowed to play from the championship tee. One of the best sights in golf. Driver, 3 wood and two putts later and I was flying. A lost ball on 14th, a 5 at Watson's 15th and I was back on Earth. Then a birdie on 16, (I`ll remember that one Scott Martin!) and that's what it's like. A course that has everything. Save your money (pricey in winter for non residents) but it's worth it. Stayed up north in Troon, THEY won't let any visitors on in Winter, let alone Ladies all year `round. FORE magazine is right, they are too ignorant to host the Open. Take them off for 30 years and the new committee might get with the times.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Scott Martin 8/99

    Scott Martin wrote on: Jul 31, 1999

    Really loved the setting at Turnberry even though it was too tough for me given the conditions that day (a fresh northerly wind). The Ailsa course at Turnberry is what tournament big time golf is all about. Long, tough holes with little let up anywhere: those par 4s at or around the turn are just murderous - and we played the forward tees. Unless you're a superstar golfer, enjoy the scenery but don't worry about the score, although I did birdie the 17th. I'll remember that one!


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Michael D Smith h'cap 6 04/99

    Michael D Smith h'cap 6 wrote on: Mar 31, 1999

    This is truly one of the great courses of Scotland. We played in hard rain for five holes and finished in the warm sunshine. The views are wonderful and the golf even better. Some of the best par 4's on earth! Gives you a few chances to score, but can bite you if you are not hitting the tee ball solid.
    Contrary to an earlier review, the 17th is not an eagle hole unless you play forward tees. My best drive and 3w left me 40 yards short of the green. Can't wait to get back there in August for two rounds on one of the best.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Sean Sorrell 9/98

    Sean Sorrell wrote on: Aug 31, 1998

    I was in Scotland in late June '97, and played 36 holes on the Ailsa course. My caddie, Tommy, was extremely helpful even though his deep brogue was difficult to understand. But one of other caddies said he had known Tommy for 15 years and he didn't un understand him either.
    Turnberry was my favorite course in all of Scotland: a super layout, unparalelled scenery, and a first class hotel and spa. The clubhouse is definitely more commercialized than any other in Scotland, but looking through their trophy case is outstanding.
    The caddy will definitely help,and we found the older ones to be more knowledgeable and interesting in regards to history. They also know the greens very well. The 4th through 11 holes are outstanding, and the 17th is one of the best eagle opportunities you will have while playing. The 9th hole rivals Pebble Beach's 18th. The par four 15th is probably the hardest par 4 I played while in Scotland. I am looking forward to returning in '99.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews John Metzger 9/98

    John Metzger wrote on: Aug 31, 1998

    The best links course in the UK. Long, hard, and if the wind is blowing, the par 4s will play like par 5s. Recommendation on #16: hit a 2 iron off the tee, instead of a driver; accuracy much more important than distance, even though 410 yds or so. A real side treat if you're there: play at Western Gailes up by Troon. Better than Troon, Tom Watson's favourite course in all of Scotland.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Hank Gola 9/87

    Hank Gola wrote on: Aug 31, 1987

    This is what the golf course in heaven looks like. Beautifully manicured, consistently challenging, one hole better than the next. Simply breathtaking.


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