Trump Turnberry Resort is located on Scotland’s rugged west coast, a 1-hour drive from Glasgow City Centre. There are two international airports within an hour’s drive of Trump Turnberry: Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Edinburgh International Airport is less than two hours away. The legendary Edwardian Turnberry hotel is instantly recognisable, opening in 1906 as one of the world’s first golf resorts.
A wide variety of rooms and suites are available in the historic hotel. Additionally the Trump Villas are situated in the grounds of the hotel, which provide ideal accommodations for large groups. The accommodation pièce de résistance is undeniably the iconic lighthouse, which offers one of the world’s finest suites with breathtaking views across the Firth of Clyde to Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran beyond.
A number of dining options are available, including Trump Turnberry's signature restaurant, 1906, situated in the main hotel and named after the year in which the hotel opened. The Duel in the Sun restaurant is located in the recently renovated clubhouse and the elegant Grand Tea Lounge & Bar has been serving afternoon tea since the hotel first opened. And finally for those who are playing the Ailsa course, or out for a bracing stroll admiring the spectacular Turnberry scenery, then stop for refreshments at the Halfway House situated within the iconic lighthouse.
Ayrshire’s west coast, with miles of sandy beaches, is on Turnberry’s doorstep. Culzean Castle & Country Park is close at hand where woods, beaches, secret follies, play park and a cliff-top castle combine to make a fantastic day out. Experience the journey of Single Malt Scotch Whisky from cask to bottle at the A D Rattray Whisky Experience and Shop in nearby Kirkoswald. A little further afield the vibrant and historic cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh are both within easy reach.
A 20-metre swimming pool and state of the art Technogym Fitness Studio are at the heart of The Spa at Turnberry where personalised fitness evaluation and training is available. Heat experiences, relaxation rooms and luxury ESPA treatments provide welcome revitalisation against a panoramic Firth of Clyde backcloth. Turnberry adventures include; off-road driving, clay pigeon shooting, quad bike safaris, archery, highland games and even water zorbing, the only water sport where you don’t get wet!
It’s said that golfers visiting Scotland head east to St Andrews for history and west to Turnberry for beauty. And there’s no doubt that Turnberry’s setting on the rugged Ayrshire coast is beguiling – the granite island of Ailsa Craig, marooned in the Firth of Clyde, permanently reminds visitors of where they are. The backdrop of the Mull of Kintyre and the Isle of Arran simply adds to the magic. Throw in the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse, built on the site of Turnberry Castle (where Robert the Bruce spent his boyhood) and you know you are somewhere rather special.
The Edwardian red-roofed Turnberry hotel opened in 1906 and it’s instantly recognisable, enjoying commanding views over both golf courses to the Firth of Clyde beyond.
Golf at Turnberry dates back to 1902, but only those in the know appreciated its charms until the R&A brought the 1977 Open Championship to the Ailsa course. To this day the 1977 Open (dubbed the “Duel in the Sun”) is considered by many to have been the greatest of all championships. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson, the two finest golfers of the day, battled head-to-head exchanging mainly birdies and pars. On the final Sunday, Nicklaus and Watson were a long way ahead of the field and Nicklaus had a two-shot lead when they reached the 13th tee. Peter Alliss, commentating for the BBC asked, “Who in the world can give Jack Nicklaus two shots over the last six holes and beat him?”
Since then, the Open has been staged at Turnberry on three other occasions. History faltered during the 2009 Open, when 59-year old Tom Watson had an eight-foot putt on the final hole to secure one of the greatest upset victories ever. Alas, it wasn’t to be – Stewart Cink beat Watson in a play-off.
In 2014, property tycoon Donald Trump acquired Turnberry and since then the facilities and the two golf courses have been transformed. The 105-bedroomed hotel has been extensively refurbished and even the iconic lighthouse has been converted into an extraordinary halfway house and a chic apartment. Architect Martin Ebert has recently renovated both courses, with the re-named King Robert the Bruce layout (formerly known as the Kintyre course) opening in June 2017.
Naturally, it’s the Trump Turnberry Ailsa course, host to four Open championships, which draws golfers from all over the world to this dramatic location. However, the routing of the King Robert the Bruce course takes golfers on a thrilling journey to the rugged coastline and it would be a mistake not to include it in any itinerary.
Here are a few review comments from golfers who’ve played the World Top 100 ranked Ailsa course:
“Turnberry is Scotland’s Pebble Beach: scenic beauty combined with a beautiful golf course on a headland that hugs the coastline.”
"Not all golf courses are created equal and that can certainly be said about Trump Turnberry. For here you will find the most spectacular stretch of coastline on any golfing land that I have ever seen.""
“I was fortunate enough to have another go at a completely renovated Turnberry and the best word to describe the new course is “Wow!”
“The much-hyped new coastal stretch of holes are fantastic; even better than you can imagine… It's inconceivable that the R&A will not use the Ailsa for future Opens.”
“Improved. Updated. Refurbished. Restored. All words but there is no better word than "Reborn" to describe what has happened to the Ailsa.”
“In no shape or form did the renovated Ailsa course let me down. Indeed, if anything, it surpassed my already very high expectation levels.”
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