Hole by hole guide
- Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course Background
- 1st Hole: Ailsa Craig
- 2nd Hole: Mak Siccar
- 3rd Hole: Blaw Wearie
- 4th Hole: Woe-Be-Tide
- 5th Hole: Fin Me Out
- 6th Hole: Tappie Toorie
- 7th Hole: Roon the Ben’
- 8th Hole: Goat Fell
- 9th Hole: Bruce’s Castle
- 10th Hole: Dinna Fouter
- 11th Hole: Maidens
- 12th Hole: Monument
- 13th Hole: Tickly Tap
- 14th Hole: Risk-An-Hope
- 15th Hole: Ca’ Canny
- 16th Hole: Wee Burn
- 17th Hole: Lang Whang
- 18th Hole: Duel In The Sun
Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course Background
Re-opened in 2016 after every hole was altered to some extent by Architect Martin Ebert to create one of the best golf courses in the world. Home to the Open Championship on four occasions including the memorable ‘dual in the sun’ between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977.
1st Hole: Ailsa Craig
The opening hole has been lengthened slightly and is well bunkered throughout. Two good shots and an opening par should follow.
2nd Hole: Mak Siccar
Poor shots will be punished here with trouble lurking everywhere. Pay careful attention to the pin position and play the yardage accordingly.
3rd Hole: Blaw Wearie
Usually played into the prevailing wind, this hole is a proper ‘two shotter.’ If you find the green in regulation, you deserve at least a par.
4th Hole: Woe-Be-Tide
Make sure you hit enough club to carry all of the trouble here before you stop to admire the view.
A spectacular short hole, take your par and carry on.
5th Hole: Fin Me Out
A solid tee shot down the right will give the best angle of attack into the green. With no less than eleven bunkers on this hole, accuracy is paramount.
6th Hole: Tappie Toorie
‘Tappie Toorie’ requires a well flighted iron shot to reach its elevated green. As at the 4th, all the trouble is short of putting surface.
7th Hole: Roon the Ben’
A tee shot between the fairway bunkers is imperative here if you want to have a go at the green in two. Otherwise, lay up to your favourite yardage for a chance of a birdie four.
8th Hole: Goat Fell
This hole is named after the highest peak on nearby Arran Island. A precise drive to a narrow fairway is a good start here. Careful club selection must follow with your approach shot into the two-tiered green which is bunkered left and right.
9th Hole: Bruce’s Castle
This spectacular par 3 is played across the bay with the iconic Turnberry lighthouse in the background. The remains of Turnberry Castle, birthplace of Robert the Bruce in 1274 can be seen as you approach the green.
10th Hole: Dinna Fouter
A fantastic par 5 regardless of which tee you play from. If laying up, watch out for the ‘doughnut’ bunker. The dramatic green location requires an accurate approach with the correct club.
11th Hole: Maidens
A stunning par 3 with trouble short and left. A strategically positioned bunker on the right means that your tee shot must be accurate or a bogey will follow.
12th Hole: Monument
Named after the monument above the green which was erected to pay tribute to the lost airmen stationed at Turnberry during the World Wars. The best advise here is to hit one extra club on your approach shot as the green is elevated.
13th Hole: Tickly Tap
Hitting the dog-legged fairway is paramount here to best access the plateau green. Not a long hole but bunkers left and right ensure it requires two ‘tickly taps’
14th Hole: Risk-An-Hope
The bunkers left and right from the tee and again on the second shot require that strategy here must be decided in advance. Once on the green, study your line carefully as the putting surface has many subtle borrows.
15th Hole: Ca’ Canny
The name of the final par 3 advises that you ‘Take Care’ as trouble lurks left, right and short on this hole. A three is never a bad score here.
16th Hole: Wee Burn
A tee shot down the right side of the fairway is preferable here for the best angle of attack into the green. Second shots must clear Wilson’s Burn to set up a birdie chance.
17th Hole: Lang Whang
Priority here is avoiding the well-placed bunker on the right from the tee. Approach shots must carry the steep ridge in order to find the green.
18th Hole: Duel In The Sun
Originally named ‘Ailsa Hame’ this hole was renamed in 2003 to honour the Open Championship contest between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977. Your first job here is to avoid the fairway bunkers from which a par is very doubtful. Favour the right half of the green with your approach.