Stunning multi-million pound plans for Turnberry’s Championship Ailsa Course have been unveiled for the first time with five new holes planned by Donald Trump.
The proposals were outlined in a press conference by Trump’s son, Eric and renowned architect Martin Ebert who have spent the last year coming up with proposals which will make much more use of Turnberry’s stunning coastline.
The course, which last hosted The Open Championship in 2009 is set to be lengthened by 150 yards to over 7,350 yards though it will retain its Par 70 status.
Significant hole changes which will be started after the Women’s Open in July include making the existing par four ninth hole a stunning par three over Turnberry Bay which is being described as “one of the most exhilirating par threes in world golf.” The tenth hole will become a par five around Castle Port Bay with bold golfers able to tackle a 280 yard drive from the championship tees across the bay.
A new green will be pushed back to the 11th tee, with the 11th hole becoming a newly designed par three again utilising Turnberry’s coastal stretch.
Other changes include a lengthened par five 14th hole which will have a green on the site of the old ninth fairway, a shortened par three sixth hole, a new stone bridge over the ‘Wee Burn’ at the 16th, a lengthened opening hole to encourage more attacking play and the 18th hole will be lengthened and straightened with a new championship tee on the dunes, giving players a full view of the hotel as they tee off.
Eric Trump said: “Our plans are extensive and will offer a new playing experience which will be unrivalled anywhere in the world.
“Our main objectives have been to retain the routing of the course, but to emphasise the spectacular coastline views.”
Architect Martin Ebert added: “We have been very careful to make an in depth study of the evolution of golf at Turnberry before making these proposals. The re-born Ailsa course will create a much enhanced golfing experience, making even more use of the spectacular landscape and the iconic historic scenes that make Turnberry so special. That, in turn, will lead to even more enjoyable golf for everyone and further dramatic championships at Turnberry.”
The redesigned course will be available for play in June 2016, but before that many other developments will be completed by the Trump Organisation including an incredible £10m refurbished clubhouse, featuring the Duel in the Sun restaurant which is due to open soon as well as many new ballrooms and suites at the hotel. The plans have been designed with The Open Championship in mind though there isn’ta firm date on when the Ailsa Course will host the tournament having last done so in 2009.
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