The Turnberry Ailsa Golf Course is a top quality links course on a stunning cliff-top location on the Firth of Clyde in South Western Scotland, looking out to sea to the iconic island of Ailsa Craig.
The luxury Turnberry Resort has a 5 star golf hotel and spa as well as three links courses including the Ailsa course which is considered to be one of the best golf courses in Scotland.
There is also a golf academy and lodge accommodation available. The prominent rock island Ailsa Craig is ever present as a famous back-drop 11 miles out to sea to the west. (Granite Rock from Ailsa Craig is used to make all the world's curling stones !)
The Turnberry Ailsa Course is an Open Championship course and was the venue in 1977 for a very exciting four day dual between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson in the Open Championship with Tom Watson the eventual victor (see below). And again in 2009, Tom Watson caused great excitement by nearly repeating his win at the Open over this course. He finished tied for the lead but failed to win in a play off.
Turnberry has been the venue for the British Open on four occasions to date (1977, 1986, 1994, and 2009). It has also hosted many other important golf tournaments, including the Women's British Open in 2002, the Walker Cup in 1963, the Amateur Championship in 1961, 1983, 1996, and 2008, and the Senior Open Championship on six occasions, 1987–90, 2003, and 2006.
The Kintyre course at Turnberry is also a championship standard course as it was an Open Qualifying Venue for the 2004 Open at Royal Troon. There is also a 9 hole Par 31 Arran course which you can enjoy and it also makes a useful venue for some golf lessons from the Turnberry Performance Academy.