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WINNING the last Open championship held at Turnberry in 1994: worth £125,000 to the champion Nick Price. Winning this year's Open championship at the same venue: worth £750,000.
Standing on the 18th tee on a glorious sun-
For the first time in the round my companions and I forgot that we were treading the same fairways and greens as had Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson in the legendary ‘Duel in the Sun', as the closing rounds of the 1977 Open are known. Instead, we basked in the knowledge that we were enjoying a very special moment of our own in a truly spectacular setting.
I should point out that the bagpipes were not being played to herald the completion of our round on the famed Ailsa Course; every evening a lone piper stands outside the hotel and treats guests to a rendition of a collection of well-
It is just part of what elevates this resort on the south west Ayrshire coast to a plateau reserved for the world's finest golfing venues and where preparations have been underway for the 138th Open championship ever since the announcement on December 1 2005 by the R&A that their crown jewel event was to be staged here from July
Of course we did not face the same test as awaits the Open participants off the back tees, but allow me to outline the welcome which awaits visitors to a resort whose origins date back to the turn of the last century.
The setting, among Arran's peaks, the Mull of Kintyre, the faraway coastline of Northern Ireland and the imposing outline of the volcanic Ailsa Craig, has long since beguiled the television viewer tuning in to events such as the Open and BBC2's late, lamented Pro-
Golfers are drawn to Turnberry to meet the challenges of both the Ailsa and Kintyre courses, particularly the famous drive off the back tee at the par-
Among the most recent additions are the lodges and cottages built within walking distance of the hotel.
These prove particularly popular with families and golfing groups, offering hotel bedroom accommodation complemented by a communal lounge complete with TV, fridge and comfortable sofas and armchairs – the perfect setting, as our group discovered, to talk about pulled drives, duffed chips and missed putts without fear of boring non-
For those wanting to attempt to raise their standard of golf to the level where they can talk, instead, of arrow-
Tuitional programmes range from Monty's Fundamental review, priced £20, to – it just had to be, didn't it? – the Full Monty at around £200.
Turnberry also boasts a spa offering a wide range of treatments (including hot stone therapy, aromatherapy and hydrotherapy) and an outdoor activity centre providing pursuits such as quad-
It is an AA Five Star and RAC Five Star Blue Ribbon Hotel, and so opulence and luxuriousness, as you would expect, abound.
Yet it possesses an overwhelming sense of comfort and cosiness which is down in no small measure to the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff.
Despite its name, the Open championship is, of course, closed to all but those blessed with sublime golfing talent. But thankfully – July 16-
Do yourself a favour and accept its invitation and warm welcome.
Published: July 13, 2009
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