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Turnberry Ailsa Course Guide

Hole 1 – Ailsa Craig – 354 yards, par 4

The opening hole is named after the Ailsa Craig Rocky island that sits offshore in the Firth of Clyde. The island is visible from everywhere on the course. Locals say that if you can’t see the rock from the mainland, then it is raining, whereas if you can see it, it is going to rain. One of the most heavily bunkered holes on the golf course with 4 bunkers up the left hand side and one at the elbow of the dog-leg on the right. The green, which is well guarded by bunkers right and left is fairly flat but there are many borrows which will affect putting. The ball will tend to break towards the sea as on most of the holes on the Ailsa. Click here to see image…

Hole 2 – Mak Siccar – 428 yards, par 4

Mak Siccar means “Make Sure” Trouble can be found on both the left and right of this hole in the form of strategically placed bunkers. There is also a steep slope to the left of the fairway and the green. The green is long and has bunkers guarding it at the front left and right. Click here to see image…

Hole 3 – Blaw Wearie – 489 yards, par 4

Blaw Wearie means Out of Breath. Tee shots are normally into the prevailing wind which makes this long par 4 even more difficult. Par is always an excellent score here. There are 2 fairway buners on the left and the rough is uneven on the right, making finding the fairway essential. The green is long with many subtle slopes and guarded by 2 bunkers on the right. Click here to see image…

Hole 4 – Woe-Be-Tide – 168 yards, par 3

This par 3 is a tricky hole and has a green that must be found from the tee. The bunker short right is deep and difficult to get out of.  The wind is normally helping but the name woe-be-tide is a warning to beware the Firth of Clyde to the left and the steep slope of rough on the right. Although the green is bowl shaped putts still break toward the sea. Click here to see image…

Hole 5 – Fin Me Oot – 479 yards, par 4

Fin Me Oot, means “Find Me Out”, and the hole is named to persuade golfers to try to find the green which follows a dramatic right to left dog-leg and is partially hidden at the bottom of the dunes. A good tee shot favours the right side of the fairway leaving a better view of the green. The green, which slopes back to front, is guarded by 5 bunkers, two of which are short left and right. The other three guard the front of the green, one right and two left. Click here to see image…

Hole 6 – Tappie Toorie – 231 yards, par 3

Hole 6 is one of the most difficult holes on the golf course. The green is elevated with a steep slope at the front with a large bunker right and 3 bunkers up the left side of the putting surface.  The name of the hole means ‘Hit the Top’ The prevailing wind normally helps, but an shot short will run all the way back down the slope and may find the most severe and punishing pot bunker on the golf course. Click here to see image…

Hole 7 – Roon The Ben – 538 yards, par 5

This hole is a sharp dog-leg right to left with sand dunes and bunkers right and left at the turning point. The brave line is over the ridge on the left; however this means risking catching the deep rough or the bunker. The green is difficult to read with slopes on either side. It has two deep bunkers to the right and a deep valley of rough on the left. The hole name means “Round the Mountain.” Click here to see image…

Hole 8 – Goat Fell – 454 yards, par 4

The fairway on this hole has 3 bunkers to the right and the fairway slopes from left to right making it difficult to hold the ball in the fairway and away from the bunkers and punishing rough. The green, one of the largest on the course, is two tiered and guarded by 2 bunkers to the right and one to the left. Approach shots must find the correct level on the green otherwise two putting is difficult. Click here to see image…

Hole 9 – Bruce’s Castle – 449 yards, par 4

The drive on this hole is to a raised fairway which drops away on either side, however there are no bunkers to contend with. The green is surrounded by various hollows which gather balls either side of the green. The steeper slope is to the left and the large mound makes putting difficult. The hole is named after Robert the Bruce’s castle which can be seen from this tee and from the 9th. Click here to see image…

Hole 10 – Dina Fouter – 457 yards, par 4

A difficult tee shot awaits you on this hole. Hit it left and you are on the shore of the Clyde. There is a bunker at driving distance down the right and 2 pot bunkers in the middle of the fairway. The green slopes from the right so second shots should be hit to the right hands side of the green to stop falling off to the left. If that is not hard enough, there is a large island bunker to protect the front approach.

The name ‘Dina Fouter’ means Do Not Mess About. Click here to see image…

Hole 11 – Maidens – 175 yards, par 3

The hole is named after Maidens village which is near Turnberry. As most other holes on the course, the best play is to the right side of the green as it does slope toward the sea on the left. The green is guarded at the front by two large bunkers. Click here to see image…

Hole 12 – Monument – 447 yards, par 4

Named after the commemorative monument to lost airmen during the two world wars, the monument stands near the green on the hill to the right. There are 3 bunkers to the left side of the fairway, but this is the best side from which to approach the green. The green is elevated to a longer club than normal would be required. A tough par 4 which is normally into th prevailing wind. Click here to see image…

Hole 13 – Tickly Tap -410 yards, par 4

This hole is a slight dog-leg from left to right with a green that is elevated. 3 bunkers guard the left hand side of the fairway with mounds and rough to the right. The green looks quite small due to the steep incline at the front but there are no bunkers; however the green is quite narrow from front to back, with a ridge running through the middle. Click here to see image…

Hole 14 – Risk-An-Hope – 449 yards, par 4

Normally played into the prevailing wind, this is one of the toughest holes on the golf course. The right hand side of the fairway is the line to take to leave the best andgle of approach for the green; however there are two large bunkers on this line that would need to be negotiated. There are also greenside bunkers front left and right. The approach shot is uphill, ideally to the right hand side of the putting surface. Click here to see image…

Hole 15 – Ca’ Canny -206 yards, par 3

Ca’ Canny means Go Carefully or Take Care. Anything that doesn’t hit and stay on the green here is in trouble. There are 3 deep and difficult bunkers greenside left and a steep descending bank of rough to the right. A shot missed right makes it virtually impossible to get to the green and one put. A par 3 on this hole is a good result. Click here to see image…

Hole 16 – Wee Burn – 455 yards, par 4

The feature of this hole is Wilsons ‘Little Burn’ which runs in front of the green. Driver up the right fairway avoiding the bunker is the ideal shot. The second shot is difficult and if not well onto the green, the ball can roll back down the steep slope into the burn. Click here to see image…

Hole 17 – Lang Whang – 558 yards, par 5

Large banks of rough to the front and left and bunkers to the right make this a difficult hole that requires a Long Whack (Lang Whang) to carry over the mounds to the fairway. There is a steep ridge and numerous pot bunkers short of the green requiring accuracy from the second shot. The green is in the shape of a bowl at the front and gathers approach shots to the centre. Click here to see image…

Hole 18 – Duel in the Sun – 461 yards, par 4

This hole was named after the duel between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in the 1977 Open Championship, won by Watson. The ideal driving line is down the right as there are 3 bunkers awaiting errant tee shots to the left. However, too far right will end up in the gorse. The green has a valley of rough and steep incline to the left so approach shots should be aimed at the right hand side of the putting surface. Click here to see image…

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