Ailsa Course Facelift an Exciting Prospect

There’s no doubt that the announcement a couple of months ago that the famed Turnberry-Ailsa course was to be redone prior to next summer was met with a healthy dose of skepticism by some. But after talking to experts on both sides of the pond, we have to say we’re pretty impressed with the plans in place. The proposed redesign by the respected design firm of Mackenzie & Ebert would bring many of the holes closer to the water, and essentially eliminate the controversial ninth fairway as it stands today. You can watch a video outlining the changes here, which claims that the new Ailsa course will have “an incredible 8-hole coastal stretch which must be unrivaled in the golfing world.” It’s a big gamble to make such a drastic change to a course already in the world top 20, but assuming it’s done correctly, it could move the Ailsa course to the very top of that list.

The current 9th hole at the Ailsa course. The redesign will turn the hole into a par three culminating near the iconic lighthouse, with the 10th becoming a risk-reward par five.The current 9th hole at the Ailsa course. The redesign will turn the hole into a par three culminating near the iconic lighthouse, with the 10th becoming a risk-reward par five.