On 28th June 2017, Eric F. Trump officially opened Trump Turnberry’s newest golf course, the magnificent King Robert the Bruce, in a Grand Opening Ceremony attended by a selection of VIP guests and members.
The course is named after the King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce, the historical warrior who led Scotland to claim its right as an independent country in the Battle of Bannockburn in June 1314. He was born in July 1274 in Turnberry Castle. The Turnberry Lighthouse now stands amongst the ruins of this medieval castle.
Martin Ebert, responsible for the reborn Ailsa, had been commissioned to create what is a stunning sibling to the legendary Ailsa course. This world class golf experience thrills golfers of all abilities. Distinctive bunkering, visually attractive wetland areas and swathes of gorse all adds to the exciting challenges of this great links course. This 18 hole course has a par of 72, and, has 5 par 3 holes, a characteristic shared with the new Ailsa Course.
Breathtaking vistas from the 8th 9th, 10th and 11th delight golfers, with spectacular views of Turnberry’s stunning coastline, castle ruins and the lighthouse.
Below, the architect, Martin Ebert, describes the key features of the new course.
The Architect’s Account.
My brief was to create the King Robert The Bruce as a virtually new course replacing the former Kintyre as the sister course to the reborn Ailsa course. It occupies largely the same footprint as the old second course, but every hole is either new or significantly modified.
On the first hole, the changes are reasonably subtle, with recognisably the same layout to the hole as that on the former course, but with changes which, I believe, add substantially to the golf experience. The artificial burn which used to cross the fairway was rather false so it has been filled in and central fairway bunkers have been introduced instead to provide different options for playing the opening par 5.
The overall design concept for the course has been to introduce fairway bunkers with sand faces and marram grass “eyebrow” faces tempting “risk or reward” shots whilst greenside bunkers are shaped and neatly revetted to require perfect recovery shots.
Similar upgrading continues through to the fifth, where a major change is introduced; an ecological wetland between the 5th and 13th fairways. It already has the effect of transforming the course, replacing the gorse between the holes with a water hazard, but in six months’ time it will be further enhanced by new vegetation and by the diversity of birds that will be attracted. It also presents a more testing tee shot and approach for both holes. The character of the sixth and seventh has also been transformed by converting formerly flat ground into links undulations and also the removal of the belt of trees which lined the background ridge. However, the four completely new holes that have been introduced atop Bain’s Hill underline the claim that this is an entirely different course.
By essentially reversing the direction of play of the Kintyre 8th, 9th and 10th holes and re-contouring them to exploit the views to the iconic lighthouse, to Ailsa rock and to the Isle of Arran, I believe that this sequence of holes will make this course a “must play” destination. The new par 5 8th, high above the ocean, quickens the blood in preparation for the vertiginous new 9th with its green perched right on the cliff edge. This is possibly the most exciting green site of both courses at Turnberry and the shot across the valley leading to the ocean will not be for the faint hearted. The par 3,10th requires a shot across its own valley to a beautifully shaped and well protected green, whilst the 11th has been extended to a par 5 and has the Turnberry lighthouse as its focus from the tee. The 8th and 11th holes now enjoy open views across the whole of the Turnberry resort up to the hotel and clubhouse thanks to the removal of the majority of the tree belt that formerly lined the ridge.
There is still much to savour on the return to the lower part of the course, particularly the 13th, now bounded on the left by the new wetland which, apart from its visual attractiveness offers a strategic challenge. Here, two additional bunkers have been created on the right hand side of the fairway to tighten the challenge. Finally, there is the 18th, an outstanding par 5, demanding the utmost accuracy of approach between myriad bunkers. It provides a classic finish, with its completely reshaped green located below the windows of the welcoming clubhouse ”Duel in the Sun” restaurant.
Designing the new King Robert the Bruce was, in some ways, a greater challenge than taking on the iconic Ailsa course, which had so many world famous holes to build on. Here, although the substantial changes and introduction of wetland to the lower holes had made the course virtually new as a golf experience, it required an influx of missing drama. Bain’s Hill gave me that opportunity. I regard the four holes crowning that hill, with its extraordinary views, as amongst the most creative. Further than that, I believe that the cliff-edge 9th for its drama, its challenge and strategy, (do you go for the green across the Cliffside chasm, or lay up further along the fairway and wedge one in to the green sitting high above the waves crashing on the rocks below?), will become as iconic, (and photographed), as any on the Ailsa.
The par 5 1st hole has a split fairway for the second shot divided by central bunkers, with fairway bunkers distinctive with marram grass eyebrows which will contrast with the manicured perfection of the revetted greenside bunkers found throughout the course.
5th & 13th
An ecologically diverse wetland has been created in the area between the 5th and 13th holes and will become a haven for wildlife as it matures. The wetland will also provide a beautiful visual feature as well as offering a strategic playing challenge for both holes.
The 18th hole is also a par 5 with a well-protected green and approach. With its location beside the clubhouse, golfers enjoying the hospitality of the Duel in the Sun restaurant, will have unrivalled views of this closing hole and will be able to appreciate the outstanding design as players take their final shots.
8th, 9th & 11th
At the far end, atop Bain’s Hill, golfers will enjoy a stunning coastal stretch of holes that provides an extraordinary panorama of Turnberry, Ailsa Craig, Ayrshire, Arran, Mull of Kintyre and beyond. The rocky coastline will provide a tremendous visual and playing feature for these holes. The approach shot to the 9th green will be awe-inspiring with its green perched high above the waves crashing onto the rocky coastline.
Completely new golf holes have been created at the 8th and 11th holes, transforming them both into exceptional par 5s with an unforgettable backdrop out to sea. The 11th tee shot will now have the famous Turnberry Lighthouse as its focus.
Corporate Golf Days - King Robert The Bruce
The following is included in your King Robert the Bruce Golf Day:
- All tournament administration
- Coffee & bacon rolls in the clubhouse for all participants on arrival
- A two hour golf clinic with two of our PGA professionals
- The hire of one of our clubhouse meeting rooms, which feature impressive coastal views
- A round on King Robert the Bruce course
- Nearest to the pin & longest drive competition
- A mid round snack at the halfway house, situated within the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse, for all participants
- A three course meal following your round
£135 per person based on 24-47 golfers, £110 per person based on 48 – 71 golfers, £90 per person based on 72+ golfers
An exceptional links golfing experience awaits those who play this course, cementing Trump Turnberry’s reputation as one of the world’s finest golfing destinations, a true golfer’s paradise.
To book your golfing experience or for more information call 01655 334 032 or book online.
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