Continuously and deservedly listed amongst the best courses of the world, Turnberry is dramatic, testing and a true links experience. You can score well here and it’s not all about length. Hit to the right part of the fairway and bump it into the greens and you’ve got a decent chance for par. Take a shortcut or risk and you could have a blow-out.
If you’re lucky, you’ll have a little wind and the sunshine. If you’re unlucky, you’ll play in the full Scotland element but, either way, you’re going to have a blast. From the short fourth, seven holes follow the shoreline, rocks and dunes. The ninth is the Signature hole where the tee is set right on the edge of the sea. Driving across a corner of the bay, you can see the site of Robert the Bruce’s castle for Turnberry was the home of the Lord of Annandale (the title afforded to the Bruce family by Henry V). The back nine continues the theme of wonderful holes, demanding golf and sensational scenery. Par in from the 15th and you deserve one of the finest Whiskies in the top-notch clubhouse.
This course, although not on the same world-class level as the Ailsa, presents links golf of very high order with the gloriously-shaped and quite generous fairways, magnificent ocean-side holes and priceless views. The Signature hole is the 8th which involves a drive from an elevated tee towards the sea and an unforgettable blind second shot to the green by the rocks. A great warm-up before taking on the biggie!