The New King of Turnberry

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First it was the ho­tel. Then it was the world-fa­mous Ailsa. And now it is the re­sort’s No.2 course, for­merly the Kin­tyre.

Since ac­quir­ing Turnberry in 2014, Pres­i­dent Trump has not been shy of mak­ing ex­pen­sive up­grades to his new pur­chase, and af­ter the un­con­di­tional suc­cess of the Ailsa and ho­tel re­vamps, the Kin­tyre – now known as the King Robert the Bruce, by virtue of the le­gendary Scot be­ing born in Turnberry Cas­tle – is poised to fol­low suit af­ter open­ing in July.

Martin Ebert, the ar­chi­tect who im­pres­sively over­hauled

the Ailsa, was again handed the task of im­prov­ing the KRTB, and it was a poignant project for one half of the Macken­zie & Ebert firm.

Ebert worked for Don­ald Steel on the Kin­tyre when it was cre­ated in 2000, so was re­vis­it­ing land he knew very well, al­beit at a very dif­fer­ent point in his ca­reer. No longer an un­der­study to Steel, he is now the ar­chi­tect the R&A seeks ad­vice from for most of its Open venues.

Ebert has mod­i­fied ev­ery hole to some de­gree, but his key work cen­tres around the se­quenc­ing (8th to 11th) on top of Bain’s Hill – which of­fer views ar­guably as good as any on the site – and the par 5s.

Of the three-shot holes, the 1st has a split fair­way with the se­cond shot di­vided by cen­tral bunkers, the 8th and 11th are brand new with light­house and coastal back­drops, and the 18th is now ex­tremely well pro­tected.

The high­light, how­ever, might well be the 9th, a dra­matic af­fair played across a rocky chasm and a sandy waste area, while the 10th is a new par 3 head­ing in­land.

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