Turnberry and the Ailsa course is another Open course that I was looking forward to playing. I spoke to several people who played the course both before and after the redesign by in 2016 by Martin Ebert. They all appreciated the transformation and had positive appraisal of the course. We stayed at the hotel that also had undergone a renovation and it was really good. The rooms were nice and the dinner at night overlooking part of course and sea was a great experience.

Beautiful Seaview from Turnberry hotel
View from hotel

The golf course

Teeshot on hole 1 Turnberry Ailsa
Hole 1, Par 4

green view on first hole Turnberry Ailsa
1st green with the well shaped and deep bunkers

Hole 5 Turnberry Ailsa
My approach shot to 5th green, not chance of getting on the green

Hole 6, par 3
Good looking par 3 6th

Turnberry Ailsa hole 9
Hole 9, Par 3

Probably the most iconic hole and most well-known. It is a really good challenge and pretty intimidating, especially from the back tees.

half way house

Turnberry Lighthouse
The iconic Turnberry light house where the half way house is located

Turnberry 11th
Hole 11, par 3

Another well designed hole. It just seems like the green has been there forever.
Tom Watson 1977 open
Above picture retaling to the famous duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson during the 199 open championship.
18th hole Turnberry
Tee shot on 18

The challenging finishing hole. It visually looks narrower than it is, but that’s easy to say after you have played the hole.
View of Turnberry hotel from 18th green
18th green

My experience

We had a great day with nice weather plyaing Turnerry Ailsa. The stay and play experience is good, even though it is a pricey one. It is understandable that this course is well renowned,  but to me the best part are the holes running by the sea. Overall the course doesn’t rank amongst the best I have played and therefore not the first place I will return to again. The condition of the course was fine and greens running well.