Donald Trump Lands at Turnberry

Donald Trump has arrived at Turnberry to see the recent changes to the famous Ailsa Course

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US Presidential candidate Donald Trump lands at Trump Turnberry to view the changes to the Ailsa Course

Donald Trump has landed at Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire, Scotland this morning to view the changes to the famous updated Ailsa course.

The US Presidential candidate landed in his helicopter this morning to a warm visit of bagpipers.

He bought Turnberry in 2014 for £35.7m.

The course has undergone an eight month refurbishment at an estimated cost of £200m and has been lengthened by 150 yards, giving it a total yardage of just over 7,350 yards.

It will remain as a par-70 for The Open but is now a par-71 for general play.

The holes around the famous lighthouse and Turnberry's rocky coastline have all been significantly changed, with the 9th now a treacherous par-3 some 250-yards over the sea with little-to-no bail out area.

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The new par-3 ninth hole at Trump Turnberry

There is also a new halfway hut and the clubhouse has undergone a £10m refurbishment.

Other changes include:

  • A hugely strengthened and lengthened 1st hole.
  • A much more visually arresting par-3 4th with a long sandy waste area just beyond the tee.
  • A severely shortened but more dramatic par-3 6th.
  • A re-aligned and lengthened 14th which now plays as a par 5 with the lighthouse much more of a feature.
  • A straightened 18th, which now plays from the top of dunes close to the shore straight towards the iconic hotel.

Golf Monthly's Jeremy Ellwood was at Trump Turnberry to see the changes for himself:

The Open Championship was last at Turnberry in 2009, when Stewart Cink defeated Tom Watson in a play-off, and the tournament will not return to the Ayrshire venue until atleast 2022.

Donald Trump owns the Trump National Doral resort in Miami, Florida where the WGC-Cadillac has made its home.

However, this year's playing, won by Adam Scott, was its last and it will now be known as the WGC-Mexico Championship hosted in Mexico City.

He also owns Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen, which ranks 14th in the Golf Monthly 15/16 Top 100 courses list.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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