TURNBERRY — Ayr­shire

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This Bri­tish Open Cham­pi­onship venue came to in­ter­na­tional promi­nence with the in­fa­mous ‘ Duel in the Sun’ be­tween Tom Wat­son ( cham­pion) and Jack Nicklaus over four swel­ter­ing days dur­ing July 1977. Since then, Greg Nor­man, Nick Price and, most re­cently, Ste­wart Cink ( when Tom Wat­son nar­rowly missed out on be­com­ing the old­est win­ner in his­tory) have made up the quar­tet of golfers to lift the Claret Jug, and polls now reg­u­larly ac­knowl­edge Turnberry’s Ailsa course as one of Bri­tain’s top three courses with reg­u­lar rank­ings within the world’s top 20. The ninth ( Bruce’s Cas­tle) is a con­tender for Turnberry’s trade­mark hole. Ad­ja­cent to the fa­mous light­house and the re­mains of Robert the Bruce’s Cas­tle ( Scot­tish King from 1306- 1329), this long par- 4 has no bunkers, yet is a daunt­ing hole es­pe­cially from the cham­pi­onship tee which is perched on a rocky pre­mon­i­tory on the edge of the sea. www. turnberry. co. uk

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