Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course: Review, Green Fees, Tee Times and Key Info

The Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course is a supreme championship links that is a joy to play in one of the finest settings in the UK&I

Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course
The ninth green out by the lighthouse on the Ailsa Course
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Top 100 Courses UK & Ireland 2023/24

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Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course Key Information

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AddressMaidens Road, Ayrshire, KA26 9LT
Phone01655 331000
GFs£450-£475 (£395 residents) peak season, from £120 in Winter
Visitor TimesAll week by arrangement
ParMen 71, Women 74
SlopeWhite/M 130, Red/W 127
ArchitectWillie Fernie, CK Hutchison, Philip Mackenzie Ross, Mackenzie & Ebert

Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course

Golf Monthly Verdict

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With many changes since it last hosted the Open Championship back in 2009, the Ailsa Course is now better than it has ever been. It serves up a knockout combination of immense strategy and fabulous setting that’s a complete joy all the way, especially the holes closest to the sea. The King Robert the Bruce Course is also hugely enjoyable, especially the newer Ebert holes.

Reasons To Play The Ailsa Course

– An Open Championship venue with a quite brilliant combination of strategy and setting

– Play the changes before the next generation of champions get to test them out

– The 3-5-3 sequence around the turn is one of the most exciting and enjoyable in golf


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The beautiful but testing Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course is one of the best links in the UK. It is also the most recent course to have become an Open Championship venue, its first as recently as 1977. It’s currently not on the rota, but that is presumably a political decision based on its ownership as there is no doubting that the course itself is a more than worthy venue.

That first hosting, getting on for half a century ago, turned into one of the all-time classics, the Duel in the Sun. In the end, Tom Watson just edged it by a single stroke from the great Jack Nicklaus. Since then, The Open has been here on three further occasions, and so it was a bold move to subsequently make substantial changes in a quest to improve it further. Martin Ebert had made some changes prior to the 2009 Open, and he was called back in but with a far wider remit and greater resources. It has now moved on very dramatically since the original post-war restoration by Philip Mackenzie Ross and is one of the very best golf courses in Scotland.

The most significant and exciting changes this time round were those made around the turn. This stretch kicks off with a spectacular new short hole, the 9th, now deemed to be one of the best par 3s in the  world. This is a full-length one-shotter along the cliff-edge that must carry over crags and ravines to the green by the lighthouse. Following a half-time refresher in one of golf’s most amazing halfway houses, the lighthouse, the back nine begins with a glorious, snaking par 5. Again there is a daunting carry over the rocks, and if the wind is howling in from the left, you may well have to aim your drive out to sea! The hole then works its way gently right to left along the shore, taking in an enormous bunker some way short. This stretch finishes with another glorious new hole, again a par 3. Once more you must flirt with danger all the way on the left. This 3-5-3 sequence is a brilliant hat-trick of holes by the sea, taking full advantage of its thrilling location.

Ebert’s great work continues all the way to the 18th tee which has been moved up on to the dunes to create a far more impressive climax. You now play straight back towards the iconic hotel. As you would expect from such a premium set-up, it is presented in immaculate order. It is clearly one of the most famous golf courses in Scotland, and while there is also no denying that it is pricey, it is in every respect one of the very best courses in the UK&I.

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The fabulous tenth hole on the Ailsa Course hugs the rocky shore

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What The Top 100 Panel Said

Richard Healy UK&I Top 100 panel
Richard Healy

A stunning course and setting; dramatic, iconic, imposing, natural, beautiful framing - just fantastic. A dramatic layout, with so many famous views, wild and rugged, finished with immaculate attention to detail.

Nicholas Hercules UK&I Top 100 panel
Nicholas Hercules

Stunning views throughout, which makes it unique among the Open venues. I was continually in awe of the views, and even on the few holes after the turn where one can’t see the sea, the hotel on the hill stands impressive. This is a magnificent venue, one that has benefitted tremendously from investment.

Jamie Hudson UK&I Top 100 panel
Jamie Hudson

There are few courses that get you giddy and excited to visit, but this is certainly one of them. From your first glimpse of the lighthouse or the grand hotel that dominates the skyline, you know you are somewhere special. The overall experience and venue is peerless - it really does have it all! The course dazzles with its beauty and stings with its difficulty.

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Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course Green Fees

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18 holes£250Mon to Thu, Apr
18 holes£275Fri to Sun
18 holes£300Mon to Thu, May
18 holes£350Fri to Sun
18 holes£450Mon to Thu, Jun to Sep
18 holes£475Fri to Sun
18 holes£300Mon to Thu, Oct
18 holes£350Fri to Sun
18 holes£175Mon to Thu, Nov to Dec
18 holes£200Fri to Sun

Trump Turnberry Ailsa Course Scorecard

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Best Courses Near To Trump Turnberry



The historic links at Prestwick is as close to a living, interactive golf museum as you can get. It would be hard to find any course with more features, variety and character. It remains a timeless and very important classic and is one of the best golf courses in Scotland.



Everything at Royal Troon is impressive, from the stately clubhouse to the expansive and superbly manicured course. This is a traditional out-and-back links with a twist as the middle holes loop their way inland and through thick swathes of gorse up by the railway. Home of the shortest hole in The Open, the par-3 8th, Postage Stamp.

Best Places To Stay Near Trump Turnberry

Trump Turnberry Hotel - Book now via

Where better than this luxurious hotel with the Ailsa Course right on your doorstep as well as the excellent King Robert The Bruce Course?

Western House Hotel, Ayr - Book now via

This excellent hotel is set in mature landscaped gardens and offers 10 executive bedrooms and suites in the main house, and 39 well appointed modern courtyard rooms.

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Historical Top 100 Rankings UK&I

  • 2023/24 03
  • 2021/22 04
  • 2019/20 01
  • 2017/18 01
  • 2015/16 04
  • 2013/14 04
  • 2011/12 03
  • 2009/10 02

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Turnberry ever stage The Open Championship again?

One can only hope so. It's clearly a political decision, but this is a superb test of golf that has hosted very successful Opens in the past. It is even better following the changes since the last one, and it would also look brilliant on TV!

Is Turnberry really a Must Play?

There are only two reasons that most people choose not to play here. One is cost - it is the most pricey green fee in the Top 100 - the other is the elephant in the clubhouse, its owner. Everyone needs to make up their own mind on both issues, but the course itself is still magnificent.

How many courses are there at Turnberry?

As well as the Ailsa, the revamped King Robert the Bruce Course is great fun and even more scenic in places. The run from the 8th to the 11th is particularly lovely and there is a strong argument that they could be included in a composite course to make a sensational Open venue. The 9-hole Arran Course is no real length but ideal for short-game practice or for a warm-up.

Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for 45 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012. He specialises in course reviews and travel, and has played more than 1,200 courses in almost 50 countries. In 2022, he played all 21 courses in East Lothian in 13 days. Last year, his tally was 81, 32 of them for the first time. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but seven and a half... i.e. not the new 9 at Carne! Of those missing, some are already booked for 2024. He is a member of Tandridge in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at