Perched upon some of Scotland's most dramatic coastline, under the watchful gaze of the iconic lighthouse, Trump Turnberry is a truly special place for a golf break to remember. Both links golf courses at Trump Turnberry, the Ailsa and King Robert the Bruce, are simply incredible. The headlining Ailsa course became world-famous after hosting Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson's legendary ‘Duel in the Sun’ at the 1977 Open Championship, since then it has hosted The Open a further 3 times.
Located on such a beautiful part of the Ayrshire coast, Trump Turnberry seems far away from the real world but is surprisingly accessible from most of the UK and less than 90 minutes from Glasgow.
The hotel at Trump Turnberry is known all over the world for taking luxury and service to new levels, with a range of exquisite leisure and dining options it is easy to see why it was named a Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards "Top European Resorts", 2020.
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With views across the dramatic West Coast
of Scotland and out to the Ailsa Craig, both golf courses at Turnberry are
rightly considered to be amongst the most picturesque in the world. Firm, fast-running
links turf, cavernous pot bunkers, penal rough and treacherous gorse bushes are
the hallmarks of seaside golf in Scotland and the experience at Turnberry is
about as natural and Scottish as it comes; you’ll even be serenaded by a lone
bagpiper if you time your tee times just right.
As a host of 4 Open Championships and
countless other prestigious golf events, the Ailsa Course is rightly seen the
jewel in Turnberry’s crown and following the unveiling of dramatic design
changes around the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse, one of the world’s best has
just got even better. The newly opened King Robert the Bruce might sit in the shadow of the mighty Ailsa,
but it’s a top class and equally challenging layout in its own right, boasting just as spectacular views and challenging golf.
Throw in some of the best and most comprehensive practice facilities in the UK, and all the ingredients for an unforgettable weekend of links golf are in place.
The Ailsa Course at Turnberry has hosted
4 Open Championships, a couple of which are among the most memorable in the
tournament’s long and exalted history. Who could forget Tom Watson coming so
close to lifting the Claret Jug at the age of 59 in 2009, or his legendary “Duel
in The Sun” against Jack Nicklaus at the 1977 Open, which many believe to be
the finest major championship ever staged?
Following recent changes to a number of
holes on the Ailsa, most notably from the 4th onwards, the Ailsa now
makes full use of its stunning location, with the most significant change
coming in the form of the new 9th & 10th holes. Formerly
a solid pair of par 4s; recent changes have seen this famous duo which sit in
the shadow of the Turnberry Lighthouse transform into 2 of the most spectacular
holes in the world. The 9th now plays as a par 3, where the tee shot
must be struck over the bay towards a newly sited green beneath the Lighthouse,
while the 10th now plays as a par 5, sweeping around Castle Port Bay
towards a green perched precariously closer
to the water’s edge.
With subsequent changes to the 11th
in place too, creating yet another awe-inspiring par 3 along the rugged
coastline, the most famous stretch of the Ailsa Course has finally had its full
potential realised, both from a design and aesthetic standpoint.
Having caught your breath after such a spectacular stretch
of holes from the 4th to the 11th, the Ailsa begins to
take you back towards the magnificent Turnberry Hotel which sits perched high
on a hill overlooking the links. You’re not done yet though, with the final
four holes presenting as demanding a test as any.
The 15th now plays from an elevated tee offering
panoramic views of Turnberry Bay, while the 17th, formerly a par 5,
now plays as a par 4 before the final hole with its dramatic new tees located
on the beachside dunes takes golfers back to the solitude of the clubhouse.
Whether you’re planning your first trip to Turnberry or you’re a seasoned
guest, one thing is for certain; the Ailsa Course in its newly improved guise
must be seen to be believed.
James Miller (redesigned by Mackenzie Ross and most recently by Mackenzie & Ebert)
Opened for play
1902 and reopened after Mackenzie & Ebert redesign in 2016
Signature Hole: Hole 9, Par 3, 235 yards (Championship Tees)
The 9th tee has always been
one of the most famous points on the Ailsa Course but that was largely due to
it being a photo opportunity beneath the Turnberry Lighthouse, with Turnberry
Bay in the background, rather than it being a world class golf hole. That has
all changed thanks to the recent Mackenzie & Ebert redesign.
The 9th now plays as a par 3, which measures 235 yards from
the Championship Tees – further tee positions allow less skilled players to
play from more manageable positions closer to the green – and with the green
set adjacent to the Turnberry Lighthouse on the far side of a rocky bay, this
stunning corner of the Ailsa Course has finally fulfilled its amazing
potential. After completing the 9th, golfers can take a breather and enjoy a cup of coffee in the Turnberry Lighthouse which has been transformed into arguably the finest halfway house in the world, before taking to the new par 5 10th, which certainly gives the 9th a run for its money in the race to be the Ailsa's Signature Hole.
While the Ailsa is undoubtedly the
star turn at Turnberry, the newly opened King Robert the Bruce is set to rival it, providing visitors of Trump Turnberry with yet another incredible golfing experience at one of the world's most iconic destinations for golf.
A series of key features are evident in the new design including the par 5 1st hole with its split fairway divided by central bunkers, distinctive with marram grass eyebrows in contrast with the perfectly manicured revetted greenside bunkers found across the course.
Completely new holes have been created at holes 8 and 11, now transformed into brilliant par 5's with an unforgettable view out to sea as well as the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse, the focus for the 11th tee shot.
The closing hole, a demanding par 5 with a well protected green and approach located beside the Clubhouse.
Set in a spectacular 800-acre estate, Turnberry offers guests the best in five-star treatment with top-quality accommodation, dining and leisure facilities. Guests can choose from options to suit personally, as the resort offers 204 guest rooms, 4 speciality suites, a two-bedroom suite at The Turnberry Lighthouse as well as self-catering lodges and cottages.
The magnificently refurbished Edwardian construction sits proudly overlooking the Isle of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre and has been a luxurious haven since its opening in 1906. The comfortable, luxurious guest rooms have all the facilities you would want during your stay as well as offering spectacular far-reaching sea views out across to the Ailsa Craig.
Those after a luxury, traditional retreat can opt to stay at the self-catering Signature Turnberry Cottages, which comprise of two bedrooms. Decorated with a cosy interior, the Cottages provide a perfect base for friends, couples and small group getaways. Plus with the option to rent an entire Villa with 8 bedrooms, guests can enjoy an exclusive, private, spacious accommodation which features a sitting room, kitchen and dining area too. All bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms and in room entertainment systems, for total comfort and privacy.
Guests in the detached Cottages or the Villa are situated within the hotel grounds, a stone's throw away from both the magnificent Ailsa and King Robert The Bruce golf courses and can take advantage of all the resort leisure and dining facilities.
Turnberry is an ideal setting for anyone who loves their food. From the superior 1906 restaurant to the laid-back sports bar Duel in the Sun or the timeless Grand Tea Lounge, Turnberry has all the ingredients for a remarkable stay.
The quality of the hotel and golf is reflected at The Spa at Turnberry, where top-class pampering is guaranteed. A range of health and beauty treatments are available, while guests can also enjoy the sea views from the 20-metre swimming pool, and keep fit in the Turnberry’s state-of-the art fitness studio.
After a round, the relaxed Duel in the Sun, situated within the Clubhouse, offers an extensive selection of hearty bites, bottled beers, wines and cocktails. It's the perfect venue to enjoy a drink, or a snack and to watch live sport on one of the plasma screens. While The Grand Tea Lounge and Bar, with its panoramic views of the coast, serves an innovative sharing menu paired with a wide selection of whiskies and cocktails.
Ayrshire is the birthplace of both Robert the Bruce and Rabbie Burns, and visitors can explore historic ruins, fantastic castles and museums, or set sail on a paddle steamer.
Room was beautifully furnished, very comfortable. Breakfast was excellent in terms of choice and quality. Staff were first class. Great place to stay, views over the golf courses, lighthouse and sunset from the hotel were gorgeous.
Accommodation was in the chalets which were excellent. Hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The issue we had was caused by the Golf Clubhouse being totally shut due to staffing challenges. This is quite frankly unacceptable for one of the best golf courses in Scotland.
The resort was outstanding, not one member of staff looked sad to be at work and would try and do anything to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Bar prices are high, but you get what you pay for.
The lower star rating is entirely due to the impact Covid has had on the hotel - bars closed; restaurants offering restricted hours; leisure facilities reduced.The Turnberry team did their very best and were welcoming and friendly.
We stayed in the st andrews villa very spacious and comfortable rooms .
Having sky sports was a nice bonus
The hotel has courtesy cars available if you don't fancy the walk up to the hotel .but it's only 5 minutes
A fabulous hotel, pure luxury. Pleasant and helpful staff and delicious food. The only negative was the charge for a small bottle of water - £15 - yes fifteen actual pounds. Yes, on checkout they changed us £70 for a bottle of Pino Grigio £55 and a small bottle of water. We know for next time!!!
It was absolutely what I expected. Trump and his organization knows how to operate and deliver the best. The bed and pillows were unbelievable! I will be back. The golf courses were fantastic. I play the Trump National in PV many times but this is over the top
Very comfortable. Did get a few puzzled looks from americans when we celebrated the old firm in the clubhouse haha. As expensive as you'd expect for food and drink although if you know where to go outside the hotel you can get food reasonably cheap. Breakfast was excellent in the morning.
Actually stayed in the Villas, very comfortable adjacent to both golf courses. Prices in Clubhouse bar a bit steep for drinks but food reasonable given the location etc. Breakfast in main Hotel first class, all in all our 12 man golf party enjoyed it immensely
We had a fantastic stay at Trump Turnberry for my friends 40th!! The layout of this resort is world class. The separate houses close to the golf courses are excellent for groups of lads, all with their own amenities...
Very frustrated having confirm villa with lounge several times in the booking process and on check in on morning of arrival to then be moved to Turnberry House when we came to collect the keys. Not please at all
Absolutely superb hotel with a very high standard of finish. The staff were very attentive and could not do enough for you.
Would highly recommend to anyone wishing to have a relaxing stay on the west coast of Scotland.
<p>Just returned from a break at the Turnberry Resort
and have to say it is the best golfing break we have ever had. We played
both the Ailsa and Kintyre courses on a Your Golf Travel special offer
including bed and breakfast which was excellent value for money. </p>
<p>The golf courses are brilliant (they can get a bit tough in
the 30mph winds we played in!) and it really is a great experience to play the
famous holes we've seen at The Open in past years. </p>
<p>The hotel was also amazing with incredible views across the
golf course, out to the sea and beyond. The staff couldn’t have been more
helpful either and could not do enough for us. </p>
<p>There’s a good choice of restaurants so you could have an
affordable meal or really splash out on something special in the 1906. We’d
definitely go again!<br></p>
<p>Turnberry’s location was great and the booking process was
simple, with all our needs catered for efficiently by YGT. </p>
<p>Both golf courses were amazing and while Dundonald Links was
also good, it’s not quite of the same standard.</p>
<p>The hotel at Turnberry is also excellent with the only gripe
would be the price of food and drinks. However this is still a must play venue
for all golf lovers.<br></p>
<p>We enjoyed our trip to Turnberry very much. The Ailsa Course
was superb and although The Kintyre course was good and certainly worth playing
once, I would not be overly bothered about playing it again and would rather
pay more and play two rounds at The Ailsa as it’s one of the best courses I
have played. </p>
<p>We also played at Prestwick which was excellent and vastly
different from anything I have played before. </p>
Thanks again to yourgolftravel.com for all the assistance
with the trip.<br>
<p>Breathtaking and stunning were the words used by all 7 of us
having breakfast in the Turnberry Hotel while overlooking the Ailsa course,
Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran. Our tour concluded at this amazing
resort having played Prestwick previously. </p>
<p>The Ailsa and Kintyre courses could be played time and time
again thanks to their truly spectacular views, stunning layouts and a
great clubhouse. The members of staff were superb throughout the resort and
the hotel was undoubtedly 5 star. Use the Spa as it’s one of the best I
have seen and great place to wind down after a day on the links. </p>
<p>The only criticism of the Hotel would be the high prices of
the food and drink. Whilst not too over the top, it did mean we went out
for supper on the last night.<br></p>
<p>There is no point in trying to
describe experiencing Turnberry to the full over a couple of sunny spring
days. This place is beyond words. </p>
<p>On the way back home, we tried to
capture the pleasure of playing golf on two superb links courses, the relaxed
hospitality, the iconic landscape, and I feel I must stop here or this will
become a very long list of superlatives!</p>
<p>We can’t wait to arrange a return and
we’d whole heartedly recommend this place to anyone who loves golf. </p>
<p>I can honestly say that my group of 8 from all over England had
an unforgettable break last week at Trump Turnberry. It was a break of
<p>The first day we all drove or flew up, then on the second
day we played on the Ailsa Course in beautiful weather - shirtsleeves in
November which we couldn’t quite believe! The course was in good condition, except for 3 temporary
greens which were in place due to course modification for next year’s Women’s
British Open. The weather was kind but the course was playing long due to
earlier heavy rain. Despite this, scoring was pretty good, with several birdies
enjoyed by all.</p>
<p>We also played the Kintyre Course which was in great
condition, but the weather was the foulest most of us had ever played in, with
high winds and pouring rain throughout. Obviously that made it a real test for
us and for our waterproofs, most of which failed the test! I think we were the
only people on the course but despite the weather, the course held up
<p>The hotel was excellent as always. The rooms were fine, the
staff were all very helpful, particularly in helping us deal with the bad
weather, and the meal on the first night was exceptional, if a little
expensive. The bar was also pricy, but that's what you expect from a top class
<p>On the last two nights we ate at Wildings Restaurant in
nearby Maidens – a 2 minute taxi ride – and we’d recommend this whole heartedly
for anyone looking to save a bit of money on dinner and drinks. </p>
<p>Thanks for the package put together by everyone at
yourgolftravel. We felt that overall the break represented very good value for
<p>Turnberry is now probably my favourite overall venue in the UK.</p>
<p>Overall I would give the break 8 out of 10, spoilt only by
the dreadful weather on one day.<br></p>
<p>I would just like to say a big thank you for arranging our
stay at the Turnberry Golf Resort; it was everything that I could
<p>The food was excellent and the service impeccable
throughout the hotel. Our upgraded room was stunning with beautiful views out
to the sea and over the golf courses.</p>
<p>Sam loved the golf so much and while he said he found Ailsa
course really challenging, he was in heaven all the same.</p>
<p>The spa facilities were amazing and I really enjoyed my time
<p>It was well worth the money and just what a 5 star
hotel should be with something for more than just golfers.</p>
<p>Truly first class.<br></p>
We had a cracking weekend. Everything about Turnberry was simply fantastic, the stretch from 5-12 is one of the best I have ever played. Already looking forward to returning next year and might even tag an additional night on to play some of the others in the area.
Although they say it’s a harder course. It’s stunning fairways are a little wider so more forgiving in high winds. But such a beautiful course. Weather was perfect as well. Recommends.. enjoy the 9th !!
Another great course, difficult in its own right, tight and gorse lined on many holes. Excellent condition in all departments. Again still, sunny and dry conditions, course was well watered so not burned off anywhere. Have to plot your way round to stay out of trouble.
Great test of golf. Course is outstanding in all departments. Well presented and maintained throughout. We were lucky to play during dry, sunny, still and warm conditions, i suspect in the wind the course is a very different experience. Either way, it would be exceptional.
I don't think I will ever play a course as great as the Ailsa again. Breathtaking views and some great signature holes, punctuated by a stop at the wonderful lighthouse halfway house.
A wonderful experience.
Amazing course made all the better by the recent changes. One of the best I have ever played. Great clubhouse if you can ignore frequent references to and pictures of Donald Trump plus Americans sitting with back to front base ball caps on.
Fantastic golfing experience. Updates done to the course have made this a special place to play with a stunning stretch of holes along the coast line, helped by great views of Alisa Craig and Arran. Very welcoming/friendly staff with top quality practice areas being v close to the club house/ course. From our perspective food and drink v expensive but goes with the territory I guess. Ultimately though we all want to go back and play again (hopefully better)! Best memory , the steak and haggis pies at the halfway lighthouse!
The changes made to the Ailsa course since the last Open are truly amazing with the 8 holes along the coast breathtaking but the course is still recognisable to the epic “Dual in the sun” back in 1977. The course is very playable if you choose the right tees for your handicap index.
Great golf course, with wonderful scenery, the redesign of the course in recent years is first class.
I would go back and play the Ailsa course tomorrow without hesitation, it was worth every penny, but I still prefer Trump international Aberdeen which for me is right up there with the best courses in the UK
My wife and I had the golfing holiday of a lifetime - we played Celtic Manor 2010, Marriott St. Pierre, Rolls of Monmouth, Royal Liverpool, Royal Birkdale, Royal Lytham & St.Annes, Royal Portrush, Royal Troon, Trump Turnberry, Prestwick, Fairmont St. Andrews (Kittocks + Torrance). All the courses were fantastic with Turnberry probably the pick. Everything very meticulously and patiently organised by Sam Brooks of YGT - he was a real star for us.
I've not got the vocabulary to explain how awesome this course is. No two holes are the same.
With the wind picking up on our 2nd day, it made the whole “links” golf a better experience.
After the stunning 9th hole, do use the best/ most unique 1/2 way house in golf.
Can't wait to go back.
Considering this is a new course (in golfing terms) and the 2nd course to The Alsia. It holds up very well. The dogleg left into the sea - wow, what a surprise this is, the stretch back to the clubhouse, awesome. If you only played King Robert The Bruce, while visiting, you will not be disappointed.
One word - WOW! The only issue with playing the Ailsa is that it will affect every course you play in future (until you return)! We played in bright sunshine with about a 20mph wind. The course is faultless with stunning par 3's and jaw dropping scenery. Every hole is in immaculate condition. Booking as part of a package makes it a treat rather than a bank balance wrecker! A golf experience of a lifetime.
A really enjoyable 'second' course. We played in 40mph wind which made the round 'interesting.' The holes near the coast offer fabulous views. The course was in great condition and the greens, especially considering significant overnight rain were fast and true.
The course was in great condition I found it a bit tighter off the tee with a lot of gorse bushes and narrow fairways . amazing views from holes 8-10
This is not a poor neighbor of the ailsa
A real gem
I've dreamed about playing the ailsa course since I was a kid and I wasn't disappointed
Course was in great condition and we were lucky to have great weather .to play all those iconic holes along with the breathtaking views was terrific.unforgettable experience
round was slow and hard only because of the weather conditions. In fact we were the only ones left out on the course soldiering on regardless. This is a course of immense beauty and its natural contours are beautiful. The halfway house is amazing. the weather became too much at the end unfortunately but it was the same everywhere.
Only not given the greens a five as they had been holowtined or similar. This has to be done so we accept that. the course is difficult due to the tightness of the bramble trees. Some of the holes around the halfway stage are specular beyond belief. We played it in tough conditions with the wind but still loved it.
Easier than the ailsa if you were straight. But went from light rough to bushes which meant it was easy to lose balls if you're offline. Again brilliant variety with 5 par 3s and 5 par 5s. Greens were a bit slower than ailsa and less sloping which meant it was easier to score.
Challenging course but not as hard as i expected. Used to playing on sloping greens maybe helped. Fantastic scenery throughout the course. Holes 6 and 16 were personal favourites. Not a boring hole on the course and a brilliant variety of par 3s and 5s
Provides a very good option as a second course and I t’s worth playing in its own right. Holes 8-11 were very nice, reminiscent of The Ailsa, but the other holes in amongst the gorse were also good quality
A brilliant Golf course, one of the best I’ve played. The stretch from holes 4-11 in particular is world class. A lot of fun, variety to the holes, and plenty of challenge in the wind we had. Meant to re-create the Tom Watson up & down attempt on the 18th from the 2009 Open, but forgot, so will have to go back!
An absolute gem of a course, our 12 man party were blown away with the layout and the views were spectacular. Half way hut (lighthouse) so expensive 4 rolls 4 beers £45 wow !
But the golf surpassed all expectations and a definite Top 3 for most of us in all the courses we have ever played
An amazing experience on the Ailsa. By far the best links course I have ever played. Our initial disappointment of having to play off mats was quickly forgotten as we realised the standard of the course we were playing. At the time of playing (Mar 2019) a number of the bunkers were having work done resulting in them being GUR. Again this did not really detract from the experience although made us want to come back when all aspects of the course are in play.
Never played so close to the coastline and the stretch of holes from around the 5th to the 11th were truly spectacular!
An amazing experience that we would love to replicate in the summer!
Playing in the worst conditions imaginable (50mph+ winds and heavy rain) - we still managed to enjoy our game. Given the time of the year, the course was in very good condition. Although we found the greens two paced.
The loop of holes around the top end of the course were the highlight (especially the par 4 9th which was spectacular.
It certainly made us want to come back and play it again when the weather is slightly calmer!
Having played the Ailsa the day before we thought it might disappoint but it was far from it ... some absolutely stunning holes again snd the course was immaculate condition with Greens of the highest quality.
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