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Proposals for the Ailsa Course at Trump Turnberry Booklet 2015

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“<strong>Turnberry</strong> sits alone amongst all ten<br />

courses on <strong>the</strong> Open rota in having<br />

a coastline and beachscape which<br />

actually provide a hazard to <strong>the</strong> play<br />

of <strong>the</strong> course.”


It was <strong>Turnberry</strong>’s gre<strong>at</strong>est hour with <strong>the</strong> excitement exceeding<br />

any script th<strong>at</strong> could have been written. There was an almost<br />

fictional touch about <strong>the</strong> climax as W<strong>at</strong>son came to <strong>the</strong> final hole<br />

one stroke ahead of Nicklaus. He hit <strong>the</strong> ideal iron to <strong>the</strong> corner of<br />

<strong>the</strong> dog-leg whereas Nicklaus’ tee shot drifted towards <strong>the</strong> gorse.<br />

On first inspection, it didn’t seem possible th<strong>at</strong> Nicklaus could<br />

manufacture any kind of shot. When W<strong>at</strong>son, playing his second, hit<br />

a seven iron which s<strong>at</strong> down two feet from <strong>the</strong> hole, it seemed to be<br />

th<strong>at</strong>. However, Nicklaus, somehow, managed to c<strong>at</strong>ch an eight iron<br />

squarely enough to get his ball to <strong>the</strong> edge of <strong>the</strong> green - whereupon<br />

he holed it <strong>for</strong> a three.<br />

W<strong>at</strong>son’s putt, which minutes be<strong>for</strong>e had looked no more than a<br />

<strong>for</strong>mality, suddenly took on a new dimension but it really was short<br />

and, in order to maintain <strong>the</strong> p<strong>at</strong>tern of perfection, it was right th<strong>at</strong><br />

W<strong>at</strong>son knocked it firmly home. Wh<strong>at</strong> happened in th<strong>at</strong> Open took<br />

a long time to sink in and <strong>the</strong> superl<strong>at</strong>ives about it have continued<br />

to flow.<br />

The filmed version has been shown more times than Gone With <strong>the</strong><br />

Wind. As an exhibition of superb strokeplay, courage and character,<br />

it may never be equalled. As an example of all th<strong>at</strong> is good in <strong>the</strong><br />

game it was a lesson to o<strong>the</strong>r sports.<br />

Although <strong>the</strong> golfing merits of <strong>Turnberry</strong> had been known to a<br />

n<strong>at</strong>ional audience <strong>for</strong> many years, <strong>the</strong> Open of 1977 took <strong>the</strong> links<br />

onto <strong>the</strong> global stage. Hours of television coverage and acres of<br />

newsprint put <strong>Turnberry</strong> firmly on <strong>the</strong> itinerary of any golfer worth<br />

his or her salt. After all, who wouldn’t want to play <strong>the</strong> course th<strong>at</strong><br />

had so enthralled <strong>the</strong> world and brought <strong>the</strong> very best out of two<br />

legends in <strong>the</strong> game.


Card of <strong>the</strong> <strong>Course</strong><br />

Hole Maximum Open Championship Open Par Tournament Trophy Par Ladies’<br />

Ladies’<br />

Par<br />

1 426 404 4 390 385 4 370 4<br />

2 428 428 4 379 368 4 358 4<br />

3 497 497 4 393 386 4 380 5<br />

4 196 196 3 185 150 3 145 3<br />

5 526 498 4 526 500 5 405 5<br />

6 172 155 3 150 145 3 110 3<br />

7 569 569 5 500 490 5 417 5<br />

8 471 471 4 432 365 4 391 5<br />

9 235 235 3 205 170 3 160 3<br />

Out 3520 3453 34 3160 2959 35 2736 37<br />

10 562 562 5 495 490 5 435 5<br />

11 215 192 3 180 175 3 135 3<br />

12 484 484 4 388 377 4 354 4<br />

13 410 410 4 380 344 4 330 4<br />

14 565 565 5 520 510 5 475 5<br />

15 233 233 3 183 170 3 162 3<br />

16 476 476 4 422 385 4 377 4<br />

17 505 499 4 475 435 4 395 5<br />

8<br />

15<br />

9<br />

18 483 483 4 460 405 4 370 4<br />

In 3933 3904 36 3503 3291 36 3033 37<br />

Out 3520 3453 34 3160 2959 35 2736 37<br />

14<br />

Total 7453 7357 70 6663 6250 71 5769 74<br />

Existing 7204 70 6493 6100 69 5802 75<br />

6<br />

7<br />

16<br />

The <strong>Ailsa</strong><br />

10<br />

4 5<br />

3<br />

17<br />

13<br />

12<br />

11<br />

1<br />

2<br />

18


Royal St. George’s<br />

Royal Troon<br />

Royal Lytham and St. Annes<br />

Royal Portrush

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