Played Turnberry on July 11th with my son Scott on a perfect sunny afternoon after playing Prestwick in the morning. A great way to spend the day on the Ayrshire Coast playing these Open Championship venues which have hosted 28 Opens between them. Turnberry played hard and fast and was in great condition. It is a nice fair test of golf where good scoring is possible by avoiding the fairway bunkers and high rough. Views of the Firth of Clyde were excellent as well as the majestic Turnberry Hotel.
The first (Ailsa Craig) is a relatively short par 4 that does not require length but the green is protected by four well placed bunkers. The second and third were nice solid par 4s. The par 3 fourth (Woe-Be-Tide) has an elevated green that has a severe slope short of the green so hitting enough club is essential. This is where can see the first views of the famous lighthouse. The remaining holes on the front were all par 4s except for the long par 3 6th which is protected by a large bunker in front and three bunkers left of the green. Basically the holes on the front 9 are all great golf holes that reward well struck shots and penalize those not hit properly. The view from the championship tee on the par 4 ninth (Bruce's Castle) was my favorite on the links.
The back nine starts out with a long par 4 with 2 well placed bunkers in the middle of the fairway that must be avoided as well as the island bunker short of the green. The par 4 twelfth (Monument) has views of the monument honoring lost airman stationed at Turnberry during the world wars and of course another solid hole. The par 3 15th (Ca' Canny) is another nice challenging par 3 which is guarded on the left by 3 bunkers and a steep slope right of the green with difficult rough. The par 4 16th (Wee Burn) was one of the best on the links as it requires an accurate tee shot with the Wee Burn short of the green ready to grab a shot short of the green on the second shot. The par 5 17th is the only par 5 on the course and is a good birdie possibility. Turnberry finishes with the par 4 18th (Duel in the Sun) and is a nice way to finish the day with memories of Jack and Tom battling it out in 1977 and again with Tom almost making history in 2009.
Overall a great golfing experience that comes highly recommend to anyone visiting the Ayrshire Coast. Click here to see a You Tube slideshow of some pictures I took during my visit. Jim Brady
Date: July 29, 2013