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Turnberry Golf Resort is in southwest Scotland, 51 miles southwest of Glasgow, 15 miles south of Ayr.

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The original Golf Course was laid out in 1901 by Willie Fernie for the 3rd Marquess of Ailsa. This Course was soon taken over by the Glasgow and South Western Railway, a Company setting up the first Golf Resorts. Turnberry Hotel opened in 1906, first Golf Resort of its kind.

The Par 4 9th soon became one of the top Holes in the World, requiring a long Drive over Rocks and Sea to reach the Fairway.

The Lighthouse at the 9th is built on the ruins of Turnberry Castle, birthplace of King Robert the Bruce in 1274.

In the early 2000s, former Golfer and Commentator, Peter Alliss, began talking about the 9th being turned into a Par 3, with the Green next to the Lighthouse, stating it would then be the Top Hole in World Golf.

2014 - Donald Trump bought Turnberry, setting about Changing a Few Holes.

2016 - Trump had the 9th changed to a Par 3 of 245 yards off the Back Tee out on the Rocks, with the Green next to the Lighthouse.

The 10th was changed to a Par 5, with the Back Tee requiring a long Drive over the Sea, Cave and Rocks.

The 11th was originally a Par 3 from a Tee on Rocks with the Green inland. This Hole is still a Par 3, but the Green was relocated north, next to the Sea.

These three Holes are now probably the top group of Holes in the World.

Turnberry has held The Open in 1977 - winner Tom Watson, 1986 - winner Greg Norman, 1994 - winner Nick Price, and 2009 when Stewart Cink beat the 59 year old Tom Watson in a Play Off.

The Clubhouse Restaurant is now named The Duel in the Sun, after the final round between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977.

The Lighthouse is now a Diner and Snack Bar for Golfers midway in the Course, also with a Luxury Apartment that can be booked for Holidays.

At the 2009 Open, most of the Players were based in the Hotel and wanted their Relations to see the Holes around the Lighthouse during Practice Rounds. As this was not allowed, some Players used Relations to Caddy for them on the Practice Rounds, so they could experience this Amazing Course.

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