Trump promising ‘great surprises’ at Turnberry

Donald Trump at Turnberry
Donald Trump at Turnberry

Trump Turnberry owner Donald Trump has said there will be ‘great surprises’ once changes to the Ailsa course are completed.

He appeared on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” programme on Monday morning where he discussed the planned changes to holes nine and 11 on the course.

Trump’s team, including renowned architect Martin Ebert, have been working with the Royal and Ancient over the last few months on the changes, which will begin in earnest after the Women’s Open is held on the course in August.

On the programme Trump said: “I think we are going to have some great surprises.

“Peter Dawson and the whole group from the R&A have been working with us and we have designs that are just incredible.

“Obviously we are not going to touch too much. But there are certain holes for 30, 40 years they’ve wanted redesigned.”

The ninth hole is currently a 454-yard par four but Trump plans to turn this into a 245-yard par three which will utilise the rocks before transforming the iconic lighthouse into a halfway house for golfers.

The 10th hole redesign will see its tee box pushed box meaning a 260-yard carry onto the fairway whilst the par three 11th hole will receive an image upgrade too.

Turnberry’s Ailsa Course has hosted the Open Championship on four occasions most recently in 2009, when Stewart Cink edged out 1977 winner Tom Watson in a play-off and Trump believes these changes will ensure another championship at the venue in the future.