• Photos of redesigned fourth and 11th holes
• Course scheduled to re-open on June 1 this year
TRUMP TURNBERRY | AILSA COURSE
The first official pictures have emerged showing some of the changes that have been made to the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry.
They show the remodelled fourth green and the stunning new par-3 11th ahead of the official re-opening of the Open Championship host venue on June 1 this year.
The Ayrshire links has been given a multi-million pound facelift by renowned golf course architect Martin Ebert of Mackenzie & Ebert. The most significant changes have been made to the stretch of holes near the iconic lighthouse, namely the ninth – which has been converted from a par-4 into a par-3 – the tenth and the 11th.
You can see the 11th in the main picture, above. Previously considered one of the weaker holes on the course, it has been significantly altered to bring the coastline much more into play.
The par-3 fourth, meanwhile, above, has its green moved back and further to the left towards the coast, providing golfers with uninterrupted views of the putting surface, as well as the increased challenge of being closer to the sea.
Changes to the Ailsa Course were first outlined 12 months ago, following US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s purchase of the resort in April 2014.
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At the time, the US tycoon spoke of his “honour and privilege to own one of golf's greatest and most exciting properties”.
Work has also been undertaken to transform the adjoining hotel, whilst the renovated clubhouse was re-opened last year ahead of the RICOH Women’s British Open Championship, the final big event to be contested over the ‘old’ Ailsa.
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Turnberry has hosted the Open Championship on four occasions, most recently in 2009 when Stewart Cink denied the then 59-year-old Tom Watson what would have been a record-equalling sixth victory.
Trump Turnberry changes :: your thoughts
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