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Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland was established in 1902, then in 1906, the magnificent Turnberry Hotel opened, becoming Britain’s first purpose-built golf resort. It’s a miracle that Turnberry Resort still exists, as it was almost destroyed during the World Wars having served as an RAF airbase. Evidence of the asphalt runways can still be seen today off The King Robert the Bruce course.

After Turnberry Golf Course was returned to its former glory by Robert Mackenzie, the Ailsa Course was added to the Open Championship rota. In 1977, it saw one of the best Open finals in history, with the battle between legends Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus becoming known as the “Duel in the Sun.” Don’t miss the opportunity to play this historic club as part of your Ayrshire Golf Trip.

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The 152nd Open

Experince Turnberry during The Open at Royal Troon

5 nights 5* accommodation at Turnberry Hotel & Resort
2 days Tournament Grounds Tickets (Friday and Sunday)
2 rounds of golf at Trump Turnberry’s Ailsa Course and Dundonald Links
Dinner included at Turnberry Hotel & Resort

Prices from $ 6,905 (non-golfer)

Course Details

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Host of the Open Championship
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Range of tees from 5,769 – 7,357 yards (Ailsa)
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Designed by James Miller, Mackenzie Ross and Mackenzie & Ebert
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Home of the 1977 ‘Duel in the Sun’
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Ideal Location for an Ayrshire Tour
Trump Turnberry coastline

Turnberry Today

The hotel suffered damage from accommodating hundreds of servicemen and the courses were virtually flattened to use as airplane runways. A monument to the former RAF base and its military personnel still stands above the 12th hole on the Ailsa course.

There are several layouts at now Trump Turnberry including The Ailsa Course and The KRTB Course. The Arran Course – a 9 hole course used mainly by The Golf Academy, and a fun pitch and putt at the base of the hotel stairs.

In 2016 Martin Ebert was commissioned to make changes to the Turnberry Ailsa course that had been on the radar for decades. Already highly ranked in most prestigious listings, his inspired changes have rocketed Ailsa to the No. 1 position in GB&I in most polls. Among his notable changes were transforming the 9th hole from a weak par 4 to a fabulous scenic and challenging par 3 and greatly improving the 10th into a worthy par 5 now christened “Dunna Faiter” – Don’t mess about.

Perhaps one of the golf world’s most iconic landmarks, along with the red & white candy cane-striped lighthouse at Harbour Town, is the yellow & white lighthouse at Turnberry. It has been totally transformed into a wonderful halfway house with luxurious private hotel suite accommodations above.

The lighthouse was built by none other than Robert Louis Stevenson’s father and grandfather. It stands on the ruins of Turnberry Castle where King Robert the Bruce was born in 1274.

Turnberry Scotland is the perfect base from which to explore all the great Ayrshire golf courses, including Royal Troon, Prestwick, Western Gailes, and Dundonald, on a bucket list Scotland golf trip. As a world-class 5-star resort there are also a variety of activities both indoor and outdoor to experience post-round; The Spa at Turnberry, indoor pool, gourmet dining, clay shooting, quad biking, beach walking and horseback riding to name a few.


16 Maidens Rd, Turnberry, Girvan KA26 9LS, UK
Narrow fairway at Royal Troon

Take an Ayrshire Golf Tour

Experience a variety of Open Rota courses, including Prestwick, the birthplace of the Open Championship in 1960 and Royal Troon.

The newly refurbished Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry offers 14 particularly stunning holes along the coastline.

8 nights 5* accommodation and 7 rounds of golf

Prices starting from $7,775

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Turnberry FAQs

Turnberry has three golf courses; the Ailsa Course, the King Robert the Bruce Course, and the Arran Course. 

The Ailsa Course is the most famous and prestigious, which hosted four Open Championships and other major events. It was renovated in 2016 to much acclaim and features a stunning hole on the coastline with an iconic lighthouse. 

The King Robert the Bruce Course is a modern links course inspired by the name and spirit of the first King of Scotland. It opened in 2017 and offers a challenging but enjoyable round of golf. 

The Arran Course is a nine-hole course ideal for beginners or those looking to play a quick game. It features incredible views of the Ailsa Crag and the Isle of Arran.

Generally, you will not need Handicaps Certificates to play at the Turnberry courses. However, according to one source, you must understand the game well, equivalent to a handicap of 24 or less for men and 32 or less for women, to play on the Ailsa course.

Yes, all Premier Golf Packages include green fees and accommodations.

Yes, all Premier Golf packages, including rounds at Turnberry, are fully customizable to suit your needs.