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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.

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