Trump Turnberry

Trump Turnberry

Trump Turnberry | Top 100 Golf Resorts in Great Britain & Ireland

Located in Girvan in Scotland, Trump Turnberry comes in as the #3 golfing resort in Great Britain & Ireland. The venue plays host to two championship level 18-hole courses, a 9-hole course and an award-winning hotel and spa.
The Trump Turnberry Resort is located just north of Girvan in South Ayrshire, Scotland. The resort is just 30 minutes from the city of Ayr, with Glasgow Prestwick Airport just 45 minutes from the venue. Girvan, Maybole and South Ayrshire Golf Courses are also within driving range to prolong your trip.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport mainly deals with European flights, while Glasgow Airport sees arrivals from all over the world. The latter is just over an hour’s drive from Trump Turnberry with the city of Glasgow also offering up a vibrant nightlife, incredible culture and interesting history.

A Brief History of Trump Turnberry

Despite modern golf dating back to 1751 in Girvan, just ten miles away, Turnberry would not play host to the sport for another 150 years. In 1896, Lord Ailsa saw the financial opportunity of building a course at Turnberry and a train line from Ayr to Maidens, Turnberry and Girvan to bring people to the area.
Willie Fernie, the 1883 Open Champion, was the man to design the first golf links in Turnberry. In 1901, the course was opened, and the clubhouse soon followed. The course was an immediate success, despite it being four years before the railway opened. The first professional tournament held there came just seven years after Turnberry opened, with the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship being held in 1912.
World War I saw Turnberry turn into a base for the Royal Flying Corps, with the landscape being flattened to house this. Following the war, James Braid redesigned the No.2 course, with the No.1 course then being extended a few years after that. The courses were renamed Ailsa (No.1) and Arran (No.2), names that remain to this day. World War II also changed the landscape again, with the Turnberry Hotel being made into a hospital. The two courses were affected more than they had been 20 years earlier.
The Station Hotel was opened in 1906, and was still owned by British Transport Hotels through to the mid-part of the 20th Century. In the 1980s, the hotel was turned into a resort, and brought into the modern era with extensions and a redesign. 2014 saw the Trump Organisation take over, and three years later, the King Robert The Bruce course was opened.
The venue has plenty of history in terms of tournament golf as well. The Open Championship has been held at Turnberry on four occasions, most recently in 2009, and most famously with the “Duel in the Sun” in 1977. The 18th hole on the Ailsa Course was renamed “Duel in the Sun” early in the 21st Century in memory of that incredible battle between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. The Women’s Open, Senior Open Championship and Walker Cup have also been held at Turnberry over it’s long and storied history.

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What to expect:
A new generation of style and service, we’re told. There’s the Ailsa course, a four-time host of The Open, the recently reimagined King Robert the Bruce, and a state-of-the-art golf academy from which to hone your game. The hotel, fashioned “in the grand style of the early years of the 20th century”, is regarded as one of Scotland’s national treasures and is armed with a host of awards.

Exceptional cuisine and a spa set among 800 acres of coastline, and featuring a 65-foot heated infinity pool, is exceptional on its own but, for those who can, the chance to spend a night in the iconic lighthouse is the ultimate. A wide range of sporting and outdoor pursuits, including archery, quad biking, clay shooting and horse riding, are on offer and a newly launched membership scheme gives privileged access to all of those wonderful facilities.

Why we like it:
I defy to stand on the new 9th tee, look out across that spectacular coastline and the world-famous lighthouse, and not be mesmerised. And then you can even stop in the world’s finest halfway house to grab a drink and contemplate what’s been and what’s still to come!

With the help of MacKenzie & Ebert, the Ailsa course has become an absolute masterpiece – a layout that belongs on every golfer’s bucket list.

But Turnberry is about far more than just golf, and you can get every bit as lost in the many activities around the rest of the estate as you can on the links. Whether that’s clay pigeon shooting, archery, and quad biking, or horse and carriage riding, there are all kinds of outdoor pursuits to complement your journey around the stellar links.

And the cuisine options are genuinely varied and fantastic – ranging from the relaxed atmosphere in the Duel In the Sun restaurant to the private dining experience of The Chef’s Table.

Turnberry is just breath-taking in almost every respect.

The Ailsa Course

The Ailsa Course has been at Turnberry since it’s opening in 1901, though it has gone through many changes over the years. Some of those were necessary following the two World Wars, and how the landscape was altered to deal with, and train soldiers.
The par-71, 6,474 yard course is named after the Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which the course was built. Set alongside the glorious Ayrshire coastline, with Arran and Ailsa Craig as a stunning backdrop, it is one of the finest golfing destinations in the world. The course has hosted the Open Championship on four occasions.

King Robert The Bruce Course

Opened in 2017, Trump Turnberry’s second course was named after King Robert The Bruce. The great Scot was born in Turnberry Castle in 1274. The course, set out over 7,200 yards, has incredible views of the area, and was made to introduce fairway bunkers with sand faces and marram grass “eyebrow” faces tempting “risk or reward” shots.

Arran Course

The 9-hole Arran course has all the challenges that the world famous Ailsa and new Kintyre course have to offer, such as undulating greens, tight tee shots, pot bunkers and thick, Scottish rough. The holes are an exciting mixture of par 3s and 4s, which are aimed at every standard of golfer, from the novice to the advanced player.

Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy

Before you even walk into the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy, you walk past an 18-hole putting course designed by Martin Ebert, the man who has done work on both the Ailsa and the King Robert The Bruce.
Inside the Academy, Science and Motion (Sam) is used in the putting facility, with Trackman, True Spec and Gasp’s in use in the other studios. Lessons and tuition are available at the Academy, and due to the technology, videos and swing analysis can be sent via email.

The Trump Turnberry Hotel & Spa

The award-winning hotel has been around for more than a century. Deluxe and family rooms are both available with ocean views, while the hotel also has four Open suites. They are named Watson, Norman, Price and Cink, after the four winners of the Open Championship at Turnberry.
The Turnberry Lighthouse also plays host to accommodation, with luxury suites amongst it. There are also villa and self-catering two bedroom cottage suites, with Turnberry providing rooms for every party that will walk through its doors.
At the heart of the Spa is a 65-foot infinity pool, while the Spa also features relaxation rooms, sensory showers and massage rooms. There is also a Fitness Centre with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and apparatus, while there is also personal training on offer.

Where is the Trump Turnberry Resort located?

The Trump Turnberry Resort is located on the West coast of Scotland, just south of Ayr. The resort is located within driving range of Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Glasgow Airport, with the latter being just over an hour north.

What golf facilities does Trump Turnberry offer?

Trump Turnberry is host to three golf courses and an academy. The Ailsa Course has played host to the Open Championship, Women’s Open and Senior Open Championship. The King Robert The Bruce Course was unveiled in 2017, and has become one of the best courses in the area, while the 9-hole Arran Course is perfect for those learning the game.
Trump Turnberry also plays host to the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy, which features an 18-hole putting course outside. Inside there are three tuition studios, which feature state-of-the-art technology, including Trackman.

Does Trump Turnberry offer golf lessons?

Yes, the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy at Trump Turnberry provides lessons and tuition. Due to the technology on offer at the Academy, feedback and swing analysis can be emailed back, instead of being told to you during the lesson.

What accommodation is on offer at Trump Turnberry?

The Trump Turnberry Hotel provides accommodation for all parties. From deluxe and family rooms to junior suites and their famous Open Suites, named after the four Open Championship winners at Turnberry, the resort has the lot. The venue also offers two bedroom self-catering cottage suites and villas.

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