Jun 5th, 2016
Turnberry’s Ailsa Course reopens
After £200 million investment
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Turnberry’s Ailsa course has officially re-opened as part of a £200m investment by Donald Trump’s the Trump Organization.
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. Golfers can expect to be both challenged and amazed at its beauty and the incredible scenery.”
The renowned international golf architect Martin Ebert, of Mackenzie & Ebert, has made the improvements, and all 18 holes have seen changes made.
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 famous Turnberry Lighthouse has also been transformed from one of golf’s most photographed icons to one of the game’s most unique halfway houses. The landmark is now also an exclusive, two-bedroom suite, putting it firmly on the map as one of the world’s most spectacular and expensive places to stay. It will cost you £7000 a night to stay, but you’ll get your own butler thrown in for that.
The course and hotel have been closed for eight months, and the 103-room hotel has been entirely refurbished with no expense spared.