Trump hails stunning Ailsa course plans

Turnberry's new 18th hole from the elevated tee off view.
Turnberry's new 18th hole from the elevated tee off view.

Donald Trump has hailed his plans to re-design Turnberry’s Ailsa course saying it will be a masterpiece in golf course design.

Although the owner wasn’t present at the resort last week, he still found time to enthuse about the changes he has been working on with renowned architect Martin Ebert.

The changes will see five new holes created on the Ailsa Championship course as well as many other changes to the layout.

Mr Trump said: “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

“I would like to thank the R&A for their time and dedication to the delicate renovation of the Ailsa course.”

Son Eric was on hand to speak to the press and was asked about when The Open Championship would return to Turnberry, he said: “We of course would like to have The Open Championship, it would be a real honour.

“It’s really up to the R+A, they know we’re here and waiting and we’d really like to have it happen and we think it will.”

The course last hosted The Open Championship in 2009 when 59 year old Tom Watson came so close to winning a historic 6th Open Championship, before being edged out in a play-off by fellow American Stewart Cink.

Watson won the first Open Championship to be held at Turnberry in 1977, when he won the legendary ‘Duel in the Sun’ battle against Jack Nicklaus.

Other winners of The Open at Turnberry were Greg Norman in 1986 and Nick Price in 1994.

The world’s women’s best golfers including England’s Charley Hull, and Melissa Reid and Wales’s Amy Boulden who were at Turnberry last week as part of a sponsor’s media day will be at the Ricoh Women’s British Open which takes place from July 30- August 2.

It will be the first time the Women’s Open has been at Turnberry since 2002, when Karrie Webb was victorious.

Favourite for the tournament is 18 year old Lydia Ko, who is already women’s World Number one and has won seven times on the LPGA tour, including on Sunday night.

She also finished in the top 20 of the tournament as a 15 year old in 2012.