Trump Turnberry (King Robert the Bruce) - Ayrshire & Arran - Scotland

Trump Turnberry Resort,
Ayrshire,
KA26 9LT,
Scotland


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Golf has been played at Turnberry for well over a century now, starting when Lord Ailsa commissioned Willie Fernie, the professional at Troon, to lay out the first course for Girvan Golf Club in 1901. This 18-hole layout became the No.1 course when the No.2 arrived eight years later.

The No.1 course became known as the Ailsa between the two World Wars then the Arran appeared in 1954, shortly after Philip MacKenzie Ross rebuilt the war-ravaged Ailsa.

Almost half a century then elapsed before Martin Ebert, working at the time with Donald Steel, reworked part of the old Arran course to form the 18-hole Kintyre layout, with this new course opening at the start of the new millennium.

The acquisition of Turnberry by Donald Trump in July of 2014 would then propel golf at the resort to an altogether different level over the next three years and by far the smartest move the new owner made was appointing Martin Ebert to oversee the wholesale redesign of the golf operation.

The pitch & putt course in front of the hotel was recreated, the links academy and practice facility was refurbished, a new Cairngorms putting green was installed and the clubhouse was completely renovated before the Ailsa underwent an extensive upgrade.

The last piece of the jigsaw to fit into place was the relaunch of the former Kintyre track as the King Robert the Bruce course, named in honour of the man who, raised as a boy in Turnberry Castle (where the lighthouse now stands) at the end of the 13th century, became King of Scots in 1306.

Significant modifications were made by contractor SOL Golf to many of the holes – the burn on the 1st was removed, sandy waste areas were established on several holes, a large wetland area was created between the 5th and 13th, trees were toppled to the left of the 7th, and the home green was lowered in front of the clubhouse.

As if that wasn’t enough, all the bunkers were overhauled, with fairway traps given a rugged marram-fringed look and greenside sand hazards shaped as traditional revetted pots.

Four new holes were introduced on Bain’s Hill, largely reversing the routing of the holes that were once located there. The elimination of the short par four 8th down to the cove by the water’s edge will be a regret to some, while others will rejoice that this blind hole has been abolished.

The new par five 8th heads towards the lighthouse, playing to a green that sits above the 12th fairway on the Ailsa. The 9th then returns in the opposite direction and the approach shot requires a heroic carry across the old 8th greensite to a green perched high on the headland.

The par three 10th begins a back nine which is now configured with three par fives, three par fours and three par threes. Measuring between 142 yards and 166 yards, this short hole calls for an all-carry tee shot across a sandy waste area to a tricky little green on the other side of a gully.

The 11th hole (formerly a par four on the Kintyre but now lengthened to a par five) then heads down the side of the hill – on the same compass bearing as the 8th fairway but never interfering with it – to the flatter part of the property where the closing holes are located.

It’s never an easy proposition to play second fiddle to a course ranked near the summit of the World Top 100 but the new King Robert the Bruce course (opened in June 2017) does very well in its support role to a more illustrious sibling. Suffice to say, Trump Turnberry is now a 36-hole golf destination of real substance.

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Description: The exhilarating King Robert the Bruce course at Trump Turnberry opened for play in 2017 after Martin Ebert returned to redesign the Kintrye course which the architect laid out in 2001. Rating: 6.6 out of 10 Reviews: 39
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Played in October 2006 and was very lucky with the weather. The course is not a patch on the Ailsa and I would always pay the extra to play the Ailsa course rather than the Kintyre. Having said that, if you do play this course you will find a few good holes…but not enough in my opinion.
October 18, 2006
4 / 10
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jon dougherty
This is frankly a bit disappointing-just stick to the Ailsa and you will have a much more enjoyable experience.If it was £20 I'd say give it a go but it costs many times that and just isn't worth it.The holes are generally unmemorable except the 9th along the cliff face.The 8th which is the one that is shown in all the photos is frankly a bit stupid as it completly blind and not nearly as good as it looks. The back nine just becomes a slog home and our day was completly ruined by the fact we got stuck behind 4 members who refused to let us through. Stick to the Ailsa which for the differnce is cost is a much better experience.
July 27, 2006
4 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
If the Kintyre was not at Turnberry, I am sure it would attract visitors in it’s own right but there is not a lot we can do about that. A good course rather than a great one although the run of holes from the 8th to the 11th are really good, especially 8th and 9th (coastal drama that should be part of the main Ailsa course if possible).
April 25, 2006
6 / 10
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Billy
Compared to its big brother the Ailsa, the Kintye is left wanting, but it's not a bad links course, it's just a bit uninspiring in parts. The coastal holes from the 8th are the ones you'll remember and nothing can prepare you for the view when you approach the blind 8th green which nestles in an idyllic cove... mind you, don't connect with a drive and end up in the sea! I would sum up the Kintyre as a good relief course to the Ailsa... just like the New at St Andrews is not a patch on the Old.
April 22, 2006
6 / 10
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Lee Abbey
I'm sure most people reviewing this course would be doing so also having played its big brother the Ailsa course. In doing so the comparisons are almost inevitable and the Kintyre will lose marks because of it. However if you take this course on its own merits it's actually a really nice course. Far less brutal than the Ailsa it's golf for mortals and deserves to be much higher ranked than it is here. There are couple of stunning holes and a few really good ones. Overall the condition was far better than its overplayed neighbour and I thouroughly enjoyed playing here. Should be ranked around 100 or even slightly higher.
April 10, 2006
8 / 10
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Darren
An average golf course. But a decent average course. Let me explain. There are three very good holes on this course (8, 9 and 13). The greens are very good also, modern smooth sand based greens. But there isn’t really much sparkle here. I guess it all depends on your green fee budget. On a trip to the west coast, I also played the Ailsa, Prestwick and Dundonald. All the these were fantastic courses. And that perhaps is why the Kintyre just gets the OK nod of approval. I’ve played far worse courses that’s for sure, but its nothing to write home about.
March 30, 2006
6 / 10
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Peter
The Kintyre is missing something, and I can't think what it is. Turnberry as a venue is world class in all aspects. The condition of the Kintyre is certainly as good as the Ailsa. The staff are always friendly and helpful (the starter was telling us that 34 new bunkers are being added to the Ailsa in time for the 2009 Open). Some genuinly great holes.I loved the 1st, 4th, and 18th. The 8th I could take or leave. The scenery is breathtaking, and I left with a huge smile on my face... but something is missing with this course. My only guess is the exceptional nature of the Ailsa could take the shine off the Kintyre.
October 18, 2005
8 / 10
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Jim McCann

Played on 2nd January 2003. Greens were as well presented then as most inland courses in the summer -- honestly! Interesting elevation around the turn at Bains Hill. Hard to concentrate over the last six holes without casting occasional envious glances towards the closing holes on the Ailsa next door but at least the 18th on the Kintyre is a far better closing hole that that on the Ailsa.

What a double day out it would be to play both; golfing nirvana. And even if you do only play this course, you still get all the clubhouse benefits available to golfers playing either 18 holes -- and that is a real experience not to be missed.

The Tappie Toorie lounge upstairs overlooking the courses is a lot more informal than you will find at other so called top clubhouses. And take time to look around the walls on the balcony upstairs to examine the golfing pedigree of the place. Turnberry is without doubt one of the top golfing destinations in Scotland.

Jim McCann

January 21, 2005
6 / 10
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Jim Robertson
Maturing nicely is the Kintyre. Early holes are fairly tight and gorse-lined; the dog-leg 7th is rather out of place then the signature 8th divides golfers. Love it or loathe it you'll never forget it! The back nine bears a resemblance to the back nine on the Ailsa and the last is a particular challenge. Not as memorable as the Ailsa (naturally) but an interesting and demanding course.
November 21, 2004
8 / 10
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Stu
July 27, 2011
totally agree about the 7th. An excellent course however