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The Ailsa Course at Turnberry is to undergo radical changes that will make it once again capable of hosting the Open Championship, an event it has hosted four times in its history.
Most recently it hosted the 2009 Open Championship where Tom Watson, aged 59, was beaten in a playoff by fellow American Stewart Cink.
Turnberry is one of many courses worldwide now owned by Donald Trump. The American businessman bought it last year for a reported $US60 million. Trump has made no secret of the fact he wants the course to again play host to a major championship and he is making renovations in consultation with the R&A.
Currently, the course includes two par 5s and four par 3s, but reports suggest the new layout, while remaining a par 70, will have three par 5s and five par 3s.
A report from Golfweek states the most significant changes will occur at the ninth hole, a par 4, which will become a par 3 — with the iconic lighthouse featuring in the background — and that hole No 10 will become a par 5.
Before the course closes for renovations at the end of September, it will host the Ricoh Women’s British Open from July 30 to August 2. Once closed, the course is not expected to reopen until June 2016.