GO­ING BACK OVER OLD GROUND

Golf World (UK) - - EQUIPMENT - By KRTB ar­chi­tect Martin Ebert

“Work started straight af­ter the Ailsa was fin­ished (in 2016) and it has been a quick job but a thor­ough ren­o­va­tion. We dis­cussed switch­ing the 1st and 18th round but it was go­ing to be too much up­heaval so in the end it be­came ‘how can we make sig­nif­i­cant changes to ev­ery hole and re­ally make the big dif­fer­ence up on the hill where you have the stun­ning scenery’. There were var­i­ous points of view with re­gards the old short par-4 8th that goes down­hill. Some thought it was good, with a great green po­si­tion, oth­ers thought it was a stupid hole. It was dif­fi­cult land to work be­cause it was all solid rock, al­beit one with a great coast­line. So in the end we switched them round, so from seven you go up onto the hill. The 8th is now a par 5 that goes back down the old 10th, with the light­house in sight. Nine’s been turned on its head; the tee shot is great and the se­cond shot is across the val­ley that the 8th used to play into. It is al­most at the point where it is too tough. It was a dif­fi­cult green to get right and be as big and re­cep­tive as it can be to

take a shot in over the chasm. But it’s re­ally ex­hil­a­rat­ing. The 10th is a lovely par 3 across a val­ley, then 11 has been ex­tended through its tees from a par 4 to a par 5, and you drive up to the top and get a view of the light­house and Ailsa Craig. The Kin­tyre was known for be­ing con­strained by the gorse. We’ve kept an el­e­ment but be­tween 5 and 13 we’ve re­moved all of the gorse and just cre­ated a wet­land which will, as it ma­tures, will be a beau­ti­ful fea­ture. Mr Trump was very happy with that.”

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