Twitter: GeoffShac
Writing And Videos
  • Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    by Jim Moriarty
  • Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    by Dan Jenkins
  • The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • A Life Well Played: My Stories
    A Life Well Played: My Stories
    by Arnold Palmer
  • Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
  • Teeing Off: Players, Techniques, Characters, and Reflections from a Lifetime Inside the Game
    Teeing Off: Players, Techniques, Characters, and Reflections from a Lifetime Inside the Game
    by Ken Bowden
« Joe Buck On Fox's First Telecast: "It sounded like golf and it looked like golf.” | Main | Laura Davies Gets Her Hall Of Fame Tour »
Tuesday
Apr212015

Trump's Turnberry Overhaul Is A Go

Alistair Tait of Golfweek reports on the official green light given to a Turnberry Ailsa course redo by new owner Donald Trump. The layout hosts the Women's British Open this summer, then goes under Martin Ebert's knife, with a planned reopening in July 2016 when The Open is at Troon.

No future Open has been awarded to Turnberry but but all accounts, Trump is carrying out many of the design ideas of R&A Chief Inspector Peter Dawson.

Next year, the hole will play as a 235-yard par-3, most of it over water, with the lighthouse providing the backdrop to the green.

Many will applaud the change given the current ninth is unfair. A camelback fairway means good drives often end up in the rough.

Other changes see the 10th altered from a 457-yard par-4 to a 562-yard par-5. This hole sits near the sea, curving around a small bay called Castle Port Bay. Changes will see a new championship tee closer to the sea, and the green also shifted more towards the water.

The par-3 11th will also feature more of the sea than it currently does, and be extended by 40 yards to 215 yards. The 17th changes from a 558-yard par 5 to a 505-yard par 4.

Considering the 17th's role in past Open's at Turnberry, that final change is a bit scary, but there is little doubt the cliffside holes have never quite been as dramatic as the land suggests.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (17)

Outstanding changes by the Donald. New 9th will be up there with Cypress Point 16th in terms of being photographed, exception being of course that anyone (who wants to pony up the not inconsiderable green fee) can play. On the QT my sources over in Fife tell me that R & A new man Slumbers is a Turnberry lover and will have a date penned in for the Open return - 2021 if I am correct. Ladbrokes here in Glasgow quoting short odds so must be correct ?
04.22.2015 | Unregistered CommenterJockie
The only hope for Turnberry after Trump using Peter Dawson's design ideas (after his reign of terror at The R&A and the decimation of many a great course) is to see that Martin Ebert will be involved.

Hope springs eternal, but then we know that Trump will trump that sooner or later and will leave another corner of Scotland hating the name Trump.
Great changes along the coastline, but if the 17th converted to a par 4, par for the course will (contrary to what the article states) be reduced to 69. I don't mind, par is an arbitrary number, but it feels as if there is a consensus that 70 is the lower limit in championship play!
04.22.2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoonface
@MHM - seems like you have a great personal issue with Dawson in many of your posts. Not sure what he did to $hit in your post toasties. Please elaborate.
@Melvyn's inner Demons

As Melvyn's Inner Demons you should already know this one and the many issues we have with the R&A.
Hold it....how come we haven't yet heard from Trump bleating that this will soon be "the greatest golf course in the history of the entire world."
04.22.2015 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
Just another course I won't play. I know, I know, my loss....but also my prerogative.
04.22.2015 | Unregistered CommenterHBL
Played it in '99. Might have to play it again, reading about the changes.
04.22.2015 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
@ Moonface - read the article again - it stays a P70.

It will take some doing to mess Turnberry up - looks like The Donald is looking to Pebbleify the place.
04.22.2015 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
Video showing animated fly-bys of the proposed changes is available:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPRQjC5pY2g
04.22.2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn G
played it a few years ago and it was a near perfect experience. not a trump fan but have to admit the proposed changes will only make the track better. good stuff.
04.22.2015 | Unregistered CommenterKarl
Played the Ailsa twice on a nearly perfect day last October and fell in love. It's certainly not a course that cries out to be changed. But that's simply not The Donald's MO. Keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be just as enamored -- perhaps even more so -- when I get a chance to experience the redesigned holes.

Trump seems on a mission to leave a legacy to golf world. This project could go a long way toward determining if it's a positive one.
04.22.2015 | Unregistered CommenterWee Egg Mon
Turnberry Ailsa course is one of Scotland's gems, certainly does not need to be destroyed like this. In my opinion leave it be, his ego wants an Open but the R&A are not fans of commercial venues so hold your breath.
SSG- I agree Turnberry is one of my favourite places to play but it does have a few weak holes. I have seen the new hole routes and they do look good. Much as I am no fan you have to say Trump Aberdeen is a fine course so I'll give him a pass for now. Not holding out much hope for the clubhouse and hotel though!
04.22.2015 | Unregistered CommenterChico
@Center Cut, I did read the article again before posting, and I urge you as well as the writer of the article to take a good old-fashioned arithmetic tour of the course based on the mentioned changes: Holes 4, 6, 9, 11 and 15 are Par 3s, holes 7 and 10 are Par 5s, the rest Par 4s if the 17th is converted to a long Par 4. That adds up to 69.
04.23.2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoonface
Center Cut: I checked out the graphic tour of the propsed changes in the newer post, and they've also converted the 14th to a Par 5, hence Par 70. No mention of that change in the article, though, so I had my numbers right!
04.23.2015 | Unregistered CommenterMoonface
No to changing 17 to a par 4, that hole has too much history (like Jack's missed putt against Watson, Price winning an Open with an eagle there).
04.23.2015 | Unregistered Commentergg

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.