Two of the signature holes on Turnberry’s Ailsa Course have made a shortlist on a global search to find the world’s greatest 18 golf holes.
The 10th and 16th holes at the Open Championship venue have been nominated in a hunt by whisky company Glenmorangie to find fans favourite holes from across the globe.
The search began on Wednesday April 2nd and was devised by an expert team including six time golf major winner Sir Nick Faldo, legendary Ryder Cup captain Tony Jacklin and the world’s leading golf photographer David Cannon.
Indeed, Jacklin himself nominated the 16th hole which is entitled “Wee Burn”. That’s because a burn runs across the front of the green on the hole which is a par four stretching 455 yards.
The 16th was newly designed for the last Open Championship held at Turnberry in 2009 and is a dogleg left to right and a good drive is a must if you want to reach the green in two.
The 10th hole was nominated in the search by Cannon and provides an extremely tough start to the back nine of any golfer’s round.
A Par Four measuring 457 yards it is called “Dinna Fouter”, which is translated as “Don’t Mess about”. With the Firth of Clyde awaiting any golfer who hooks it left and there are bunkers across the fairway, meaning a perfect tee shot is a must.
Other Scottish holes on the shortlist include the famous 8th hole at Royal Troon, the Postage Stamp, the 14th and 17th at St Andrews, the 18th at Muirfield, the 9th at Royal Aberdeen and the 14th at Royal Dornoch.
David White, marketing and communications director, Glenmorangie commented: “Glenmorangie is proud to be the ‘Spirit of the Open’ and we are looking forward to sharing this popular clubhouse debate with Glenmorangie fans all around the world. We can’t wait to see what our final ‘virtual’ 18 hole course will look like.”
The competition by Glenmorangie who are the self styled ‘spirit of the open’ is set to run through the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool from 17-20 July giving golfing fans plenty time to vote for their favourite golfing holes.
And a grand prize is on offer for one lucky participant as it includes return airfares from the nearest capital city and accomodation throughout the trip, a stay at Glenmorangie house and a private tour of the Glenmorangie distillery, a chance to attend the Open Championship at St Andrews in 2015 and experience Glenmorangie’s VIP hospitality, the opportunity to play the Old Course at St Andrews on its final day set up for the Open on the Monday and play the Ailsa Course and Royal Dornoch too and finally the lucky winner will be given ground transfers to and from the prize activities.
For more information and to suggest the world’s best golf hole visit www.glenmorangie.com/golf.