Trump Turnberry is one of the most iconic settings in the game. The scene of the notorious Duel in the Sun, both the resort and the links have received major refurbishments over the past four years, and many are now positioning the Open Championship venue as the best golf course on the planet.
With the significant upgrade to the resort’s second layout, the renamed King Robert the Bruce, there are now two world-class courses on site. With five-star accommodation and an array of championship links scattered along the coastline, this slice of golfing heaven is a must visit for all lovers of the game.
All Square is offering users the unique opportunity to play the venue’s two fantastic layouts all year round at the best rates.
The re-opening of the Trump Turnberry resort has undoubtedly reinvigorated what was a tired and somewhat rundown resort. Today golfers and hotel guests will be treated to luxury and opulence at every turn.
No expense was spared in the refurb and the over-the-top decor is what you’d expect from a Trump resort. Nonetheless, it’s hard to disagree that the service is first class and the views are truly sublime.
Moreover, the transformation of the facilities has been remarkable. Off the course, golfers can enjoy water zorbing, mini-Highland games, archery, and much more.
One of the most talked-about restorations at Turnberry is the iconic Stevenson Lighthouse. Golfers now have the unparalleled opportunity to stay in the lighthouse itself in an enchanting two-bedroom suite which offers captivating views of the ocean.
The revered Open Championship layout at Turnberry, with its famous views over Ailsa Craig, is one of the most famous layouts in the game. The Ailsa course has received much acclaim since reopening last year.
Clinging to the dramatic coastline, Turnberry was already one of the most awe-inspiring courses on the planet. With five stunning new holes, the renovation implemented by renowned architect, Martin Ebert has elevated the course to a whole new level. The remaining holes have also received significant alterations. Bunkers have been moved and reshaped, contours softened, and new tees and greens added.
While golf was first played at Turnberry in 1902, it would take over 70 years for the links to host its first Open Championship. It would be worth the wait. The 1977 Open, better known as the Duel in the Sun was one of the most captivating contests in the history of the game, pitting Jack Nicklaus against Tom Watson in a head-to-head tussle. The latter would lift the Claret Jug with a closing 65 to win by a single shot.
The scene of further thrilling Open Championships, the course upgrades sets up perfectly for more drama in the years to come.
The changes to the 9th hole have created one of the most exhilarating holes in all of golf. Played across the bay to the famed Turnberry Lighthouse, the hole is as beautiful as it is dramatic.
The former Kintyre course has also been completely redesigned by Martin Ebert. He has completely transformed the layout, now known as King Robert the Bruce.
No more an inferior relative, the course has spectacular views of Turnberry’s stunning coastline, castle ruins and the lighthouse.
Breathtaking vistas from the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th of King Robert the Bruce are some of the most remarkable in the game.
A trip to Trump Turnberry is much more than just sublime links golf.
The lavishly redecorated hotel boasts one of the best spas in Scotland. The wellness centre enjoys beautiful views of the Irish Sea, with heat and relaxation rooms, and bespoke treatments, just some of the many experiences on offer.
Meanwhile, the cuisine is some of the best in Scotland.
Enjoy fine dining at the Trump Turnberry’s signature restaurant, 1906, before heading to the Grand Tea Lounge to treat yourself to one of the hundreds of whiskies behind the bar.
And that’s without mentioning the new halfway house, which is located in the resort’s iconic lighthouse.
Turnberry is located on the East Coast of Scotland, just a 1 hour drive from Glasgow City Centre. There are two international airports within an hour’s drive of the resort: Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Edinburgh International Airport is less than two hours drive away.
Few golfers will go away from a trip to the west coast of Scotland feeling anything but astonished by the wealth of golfing goodies on over. Indeed, with so many courses to choose from, your biggest problem may well be deciding which of the historic links to play first.
Beyond Turnberry, here are five courses that you need to know about.
Western Gailes is a majestic, albeit brutal links, that has long been considered among the finest courses in Scotland.
Perhaps the most aptly named course in Britain, a devilish westerly wind frequently plays havoc with golfer’s rounds. As a result, Western Gailes is among the toughest courses on the Open Championship Final Qualifying roster.
Dundonald Links stands out on this fabulous stretch of historic coastline for being a relatively new course. Nonetheless, despite only opening in 2005, the Kyle Phillips design has proved more than worthy of its prestigious position and has quickly risen to become one of Ayrshire’s finest golf courses. The venue would host the AMM Scottish Men’s and Ladies’s Open last season.
Founded in 1878, Royal Troon has played host to nine Open Championships. Most recently in 2016 when Henrik Stenson saw off Phil Mickelson in an epic head-to-head contest. Considered to be among the most challenging Open venues, Troon is one of the finest links courses in the world. A must play course on your bucket list trip to the region.
One of the most northerly of the fantastic links courses that line the Ayrshire coastline, West Kilbride is often overlooked in favour of the better-known courses further south. It shouldn’t be, for it is a magnificent layout with some of best views in the entire region.
The birthplace of the Open Championship, golf has been played at this historic links since as far back as 1851. A 24-time host of the event, only St Andrews can claim to have staged the Open more times. Prestwick offers a unique taste of golf at its most authentic. Expect plenty of blind shots, hidden bunkers and rugged dunes.