Recently purchased by Donald Trump, Turnberry is one of the world’s most spectacular and
memorable golf resorts and should be at the top of all golf bucket lists. The Trump Resort Collection has embarked on an enhancement program for the resort.
Here are the top 7 reasons you should make Turnberry Golf
Resort your next golf trip destination:
Two Championship Golf Courses- The Ailsa course is more
than an Open Championship venue. Yes, the fact that there have been exciting
Open Championship tournaments held here is a part of the allure but this golf
course is special. People who have played the Ailsa course never forget the
back drop of the Ailsa Craig nestled on the Firth of Clyde. Then there’s that
famous lighthouse overlooking the old ruins of Robert the Bruce’s Castle. Who
would have thought something so simple could become so iconic? Visitors
shouldn’t forget to play the Kintyre course designed by Donald Steele, which is
a must play even though it’s overshadowed by its more famous neighbor.
|View from the 10th on the Ailsa Course|
The History- Turnberry has been capturing the hearts of
its guests since 1906. In fact, much of the past at Turnberry doesn’t even
involve golf. The hotel used to be a train station hotel where out-of-towners
could hop off and be at their destination in seconds. It’s also difficult to
imagine the Ailsa course being used to harbor tanks and fighter planes, but
that’s what was done during both World Wars. As for the golf history, Turnberry
was the site of the famous “Duel in the Sun” in 1977 between Tom Watson and Jack
Nicklaus. It’s fascinating that nearly every Open Championship Turnberry has
hosted ended up in a phenomenal finale.
|Tom Watson celebrates victory in 1977|
Resort Activities- It’s nice to mix things up a little on
a golf trip. Don’t you think it’s important to learn how to shoot clay or call
falcons from afar to rest on your shoulder? Turnberry offers a number of
intriguing and fun activities including: Off-road 4x4 driving, Archery, Quad
biking, Falconry, Riding, Shooting, and Teambuilding.
Fantastic Lounging areas- Turnberry is one of the best
places to “take in” the atmosphere and live in the moment. Imagine savoring a
single malt and watching the sunset over the Firth of Clyde and the Ailsa
course while discussing that days round with your playing partners. Trust us,
it’s an amazing and memorable experience.
The Arran Course and Pitch & Putt- Sometimes you just don’t want to take a round
seriously. Playing the Arran Course is a
great way to warm up your game for the big time. Let’s not forget about the
cute pitch and putt course on the lawn if front of the hotel. This
little gem should be used for settling bets or practicing your short game. It’s
free and the dress code is somewhat relaxed so take advantage of this fun
experience. It has been renovated and refurbished by Trump.
|The Hotel at Turnberry|
Excellent Cuisine- All of Turnberry’s restaurants exceed
expectations with magnificent settings and superb food. Visit the elegant Chef's Table for a gourmet style meal or the 1906 restaurant for fantastic
French cuisine. For a light post round meal, stop by the Grand Tea Lounge for a
cup of tea and a delicious sandwich. The Ailsa Bar & Lounge, which is
equipped with HD TV’s, is the perfect place for a late
night pint or single malt.
The Spa at Turnberry- Golf is our favorite sport but it
wears you out mentally and physically. The Spa at Turnberry should be on your
agenda if you’re planning on playing more than 4 rounds of golf on your trip.
It’s a great spot to relax, rejuvenate and loosen your muscles before hitting
the links the next day.