Turnberry 2009: a guide

Published 07/07/2008 18:34:05

2009 will be the fourth time Turnberry has staged the Open Championship since it was added to the Open roster in 1977. The Ayrshire course has long been regarded as one of the finest courses in the world, coming to international prominence with the incredible duel between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson in that very same year's championship.

Since Nick Price's win in 1994, traffic problems have meant Turnberry has not been able to host the championship again. However David Hill, director of championships for The R&A, stated: "There has never been any doubt that the Open would return to Turnberry, one of our very best links courses, but before reaching that decision we had to be convinced that every aspect of our forward planning process was in place to ensure a successful return to Turnberry in 2009.".

Geography and attractions


Turnberry is located in Ayrshire, on the west coast of Scotland. Home to some of the most inspiring scenery in Scotland, the West coast is a great place to indulge in a wide range of pursuits; scenic drives; enchanting castles, houses and gardens; an abundance of museums, historical landmarks, cultural attractions and children's interests.

Local attractions include the clifftop Culzean castle, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland. Or how about a trip to the Burns museum - dedicated to Scotland's most loved poet, Robert Burns. Glasgow, Scotland's second largest city, is within driving distance too.



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Where to stay in Ayrshire


moorpark house hotel Moorpark House Hotel -  Moorpark House has, over the past 4 years, undergone a multi million pound refurbishment and conversion transforming the property into a grand yet welcoming country house hotel. It has an imposing entrance hall, 12 luxurious bedrooms, a main dining room with adjacent conservatory, two additional dining rooms, an elegant drawing room with ceiling hand painted by Italian craftsmen in the 1890's and a relaxing bar created by extensive use of moldings reproduced from originals within the house.

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barcelo marine hotel Barceló Marine Hotel - Commanding magnificent views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran. The Barcelo Marine Hotel occupies an enviable location that is difficult to beat. This idyllic spot offers breathtaking scenery, and apart from its country/coastal location the town benefits from relatively easy access to Glasgow - which itself has a wealth of fantastic attractions including the Burrell collection, Transport Museum and Gallery of Modern Art.

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golf view b&b hotel Golf View B&B - Ayrshire has many fine places to stay, but few can equal the location of the Golf View in Prestwick. Enjoying an enviable position overlooking Prestwick Old Course and minutes from rail and air links, it is the ideal base for business or pleasure.

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Make sure to book early as the Open is a global event and hotels in the area will be packed out for the duration of the championship.



1.  Should be a great open - hopefully Tiger can show us his knee is ok. Would like to see McIlroy win too

comment by Golf Nut - 02/07/2009 13:14

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