Named after the King of Scotland who was born in Turnberry Castle and who went on to triumph at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, the King Robert The Bruce course is a first class alternative to the legendary Ailsa course, with great views, distinctive bunkering and plenty of undulations to contend with.
Visiting golfers will probably enjoy the challenge of the holes up on the hill the most. The 8th is a par 5 played in the direction of the famous lighthouse, then the 9th turns in the opposite direction to reach a raised green on the coastline.
The back 9 gets underway with an excellent par 3 where the tee shot must carry a sandy area to find a fairly small green. The 11th is another very good par 5 running alongside and mirroring the aforementioned 8th.
Obviously, the King Robert The Bruce course is never going to rival the Ailsa – it will always play second fiddle and it doesn’t deserve to be compared to its beautiful sibling. However, it is a fantastic layout in its own right, it is better than before, more interesting than before, and a more than adequate support act to one of the best courses in the world.