Named after the third Marquess of Ailsa, who owned the land on which it was built, this par-71, 6474-yard championship course is one of golf's most storied places. The iconic island of Ailsa Craig, situated as a granite ball 11 miles out to the sea, the equally iconic lighthouse, the Isle of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre provides a very special perspective that is a match for any course in the world. Home to four Open Championships, the Ailsa has shaped some of the most remarkable moments in the tournament's history including Tom Watson’s one shot win over Jack Nicklaus in 1977 (Duel in the Sun).
Its first three holes pose a fairly tough opening, particularly when the wind blows from Ailsa Craig. Not only long and very demanding, Turnberry is also one of the most beautiful spots on earth to pursue the royal and ancient game. The Ailsa course underwent a major rennovation in 2016 at the hands of Martin Ebert that included creation of five dramatic 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 best golf course.
- Year of Opening - 1901
- Designer - Willie Fernie & Mckenzie Ross
- Par - 71
- Holes - 18
- Length - 6474 Yards