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The Turnberry golf courses: Ailsa & Kintyre.

Turnberry Ailsa golf course Turnberry - Ailsa  Architect: Mackenzie Ross (1906)  18 holes: 6,279yds: par 70.

What can we say about such a fabled course?  Scenes from so many Opens have been played out along these shores - remember the Duel in the Sun in 1977 and Tom Watson coming oh so close to grasping the Claret Jug again in 2009?  The drama unfolds under the watchful eye of Ailsa Craig and the famous Turnberry lighthouse standing guard over the wonderful stretch of oceanside holes. Quite simply, a "must-play" course for all self-respecting golfers at some stage in their careers.

Turnberry Kintyre Golf Club Turnberry - Kintyre   Architect: Mackenzie Ross (1945)   18 holes: 6,268yds: par 72.

Originally known as the Arran course and created in 1909 it was resculpted after the war by Mackenzie Ross and completely overhauled in 1999 by Donald Steel, following which the course was renamed.
It is now a suitable complement to the Ailsa.  The bulk of the holes are carved out of dense gorse bushes: beautiful to look at, burning yellow in the Summer, but the final resting place of many a golf ball.  Around the turn the course breaks out onto the coast with fine views over the Ailsa course to the Lighhouse.  Make no mistake, Turnberry Kintyre is in no way the "soft option", you will need plenty of links playing skills to subdue the Kintyre golf course.

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