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Golf: King’s Course Restored and Turnberry Just Got Better

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

As reported in The Scotsman, “Stephen Gallacher hails King’s Course being restored to ‘original glory,’ and this announcement comes at almost exactly the same time as Donald Trump celebrates the reopening of Turnberry Ailsa.

Don’t take it personally Donald but I do find the marketing name of Trump Turnberry too hard to swallow.

Braid’s Brawest
Gallacher says, “As one of Scotland’s most historically important courses, it’s fantastic to get a much more authentic experience of how golf would have been played in Braid’s day,” and more’s the pity that the Gleneagles Ryder Cup matches weren’t played on something created by James Braid.
And the best of the best even according Braid himself is the 13th hole called “Braid’s brawest”.

As for those who’ve never had the pleasure of playing the King’s Course and hopefully will one day be fortunate in having to decide on which course to play, King’s, Queen’s or the PGA Centenary. This from the wonderful website top100 golfcourses who asked their regular readers who had played all three to vote on the above. And they came up with the following which I was very pleased to read confirmed I was not alone in my thinking.
King’s Course 42.9 %, Queen’s Course 38.1% and in the words of the website, “PGA Centenary could only manage 19%”.

Turnberry – Oh so tempting
Do Not click on this link unless you can resist the temptation to catch the next plane and go play Trump’s tremendously expensive Turnberry Ailsa course.

Tony Ingleton has not only come up with a wonderful account of the changes. He also includes some fabulous photographs by David Cannon.

Tony quotes Martin Ebert, the man involved in creating the changes, “The Ailsa course has always enjoyed a superb landscape but now the seaside holes use the coastal setting as real playing and visual features. The fourth hole starts an incredible eight-hole coastal sequence set against the dramatic backdrop of the Ayrshire coast with Ailsa Craig and Arran adding to the beauty of the scene. Such a stunning stretch of seaside holes must be unmatched in the golfing world.”

An, “incredible eight-hole coastal sequence,” makes Pebble Beach not such an attractive travel option given that it’s even more expensive than Turnberry and isn’t even in Scotland.

Here’s the link to The Scotsman's Martin Dempster

Quote of the Day
"Keep on hitting it straight until the wee ball goes in the hole." – James Braid


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