Trump unveils changes to Turnberry’s Ailsa course
The creation of five new holes and a range of proposed changes to the legendary Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry Resort were revealed for the first time today by Donald Trump.
In less than one year after securing ownership, The Trump Organization and golf course architects Mackenzie & Ebert have completed a meticulous historic study and modern day review of the Ailsa course, and in close consultation with the R&A, have revealed plans for “extensive but sympathetic changes”.
The changes were presented today in a digitally mastered short film which included a ‘fly through’.
Among the new changes announced today include the lengthening of the Open layout by 150 yards giving it a total yardage of just over 7,350 yards which will be a real test bearing in mind that there will now be 5 par 3s in the layout. It will retain its par 70 status for The Open but will increase to 71 for general play with the 5th hole becoming a par 5.
Five new holes will be created at the 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 14th together with alterations to all other holes including the reshaping and positioning of bunkers, new tees and green positions and the softening of green contours to provide for more options for flag positions.
Additionally, a £10m upgrade of the clubhouse and new Duel in the Sun restaurant is currently underway and is planned to open in June 2015, in advance of the RICOH Womens’ British Open, which will be the last major tournament to be hosted by the course in its current form. Likewise, the 2nd course is being fully redeveloped.
The newly re-designed Ailsa course will be available for play for the first time in June 2016.
“Today marks a very important milestone for Turnberry and we are thrilled to be officially unveiling a new and exciting future for this spectacular development. While considering improvements we have paid close attention to the prospect of staging future Open Championships. In close consultation with the R&A, we have created an intricate plan which covers every inch of this magnificent course and will make Trump Turnberry a masterpiece in golf course design providing the most challenging and spectacular golf experiences anywhere in the world,” said Donald Trump. “I would like to thank the R&A for their time and dedication to the delicate renovation of the Ailsa course.”
Mr Martin Ebert, director of Mackenzie & Ebert, added: “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.”