PERPETUAL AILSA CRAIG

A volcanic island half a billion years old, Ailsa Craig has borne witness to countless events throughout history and prehistory from its station in the Firth of Clyde. Once a haven for Roman Catholics during the 15th century Scottish Reformation, the island was quarried for its rare stone in the 19th and 20th centuries. Long ago disused and utterly uninhabited, Ailsa Craig still stands eleven miles out to sea, presiding over the links at Turnberry, another of its mysteries.

THE AILSA | OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP VENUE

Home of four Open Championships, the legendary Ailsa course has hosted some of the most iconic names in golf. Reborn in June 2016 at the hands of renowned architect, Martin Ebert, the transformation makes the Ailsa the number one ranked golf course in the UK & Ireland. Set alongside the glorious Ayrshire coastline, with Arran and Ailsa Craig as a stunning backdrop, it is one of the finest golfing destinations in the world.

Named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which it was built, this par-71, 6,474-yard Championship course is one of golf's storied places. Home to four Open Championships, Ailsa has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournament's history.

Set alongside the glorious Ayrshire coastline, with Arran and Ailsa Craig as a stunning backdrop, it is one of the finest golfing destinations in the world.

With its illustrious history spanning over 100 years, Trump Turnberry has added a new chapter to its inspiring story with over £200m invested by new owners The Trump Organization to completely restore and revamp the resort, including the Championship Ailsa course. 

The Ailsa is one of the world’s most loved golf courses and has had the privilege of hosting the Open Championship four times, including the unforgettable 1977 Duel in the Sun.  Since acquiring the resort in 2014, The Trump Organization and famed golf course architects Mackenzie & Ebert have completed a meticulous historic study and modern day review of the Ailsa course, creating a true masterpiece.

A selection of inspiring changes have been implemented including the creation of five dramatic and stunning new holes plus a range of alterations covering virtually every corner of the course. Since these changes have been made, the Ailsa has been ranked by Golf Monthly as the UK & Ireland’s number one golf course.

The Ailsa was also named ‘Revdevelopment of the Year’ by Golf Inc Magazine, stating it as “an iconic property that has been restored immaculately without losing the proud history created over hundreds of years.’ 




Hole 1 - Ailsa Craig - PAR 4


The Ailsa Craig, named after the Ailsa rock in the Firth of Clyde, is visible from almost every hole on the course. This opening hole must not be underestimated, clubbing and accuracy are key to avoiding the strategically placed greenside bunkers.

 

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 The Ailsa 1st     The Ailsa 16