With Arran and Ailsa Craig as spectacular natural backdrops, the Ailsa course at Turnberry is one of the most highly regarded in the world. Following some clever recent developments, this masterpiece has been taken to another level, and is without question a golfing experience that must not to be missed.
Golfers really are walking in the footsteps of legends here, with Turnberry having staged The Open Championship on several occasions – most memorably the famous ‘Duel in the Sun’ back in 1977 between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, and most recently in 2009 when Watson was pipped in a four hole play-off by Stewart Cink.
While there isn’t an average hole on the Ailsa course, the 9th, 10th and 11th, which are played in full view of the iconic Turnberry lighthouse, are simply unbelievable. The 9th and 11th are both incredible par 3s that sandwich the visually stunning par 5 10th, an absolute cracker that curves majestically round the rugged coastline.
If you are a golfer who has never played the Ailsa before, you definitely need to put that right as soon as you can. If you last played the course before the recent changes, you need to return – because one of the world’s best has just got even better.