Turnberry goes under the knife
The Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry is set to undergo major changes, with its re-opening scheduled for June 2016.
The course, part of the resort owned by billionaire business magnate Donald Trump, will see five new holes created around the iconic lighthouse.
The holes will bring into focus the spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde and extend the par 70 course by 150 yards.
“Our plans are extensive and will offer a new playing experience which will be unrivalled anywhere in the world,” revealed Trumps’ son, Eric, on scotsman.com.
“Our main objectives have been to retain the routing of the course, but to emphasise the spectacular coastline views.
“There is huge international respect for the existing course at Turnberry and therefore these proposals will generate great debate in the golfing world. We have been very careful to make an in depth study of the evolution of golf at Turnberry before making these proposals.
“The re-born Ailsa course will create a much enhanced golfing experience, making even more use of the spectacular landscape and the iconic historic scenes that make Turnberry so special.
“That, in turn, will lead to even more enjoyable golf for everyone and further dramatic championships at Turnberry.”
Architects Mackenzie & Ebert will be responsible for the alterations and will work closely with golf’s governing body, Royal & Ancient.
The iconic course, one of three at Trump Turnberry, has hosted the Open Championship no less than four times. The last was in 2009, when Stewart Cink defeated Tom Watson in a playoff.
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