Turnberry is not quite in Pebble Beach’s ballpark for gorgeous scenery, but Turnberry does have similar spectacular views off Scotland’s Ayrshire’s coast with an iconic light tower.
This golf resort, owned by President Trump since 2014, has three links courses, a golf academy and a five-star hotel. If you’re lucky to get on this course, it’s quite the vacation spot.
The Alisa Course, though part of it was destroyed during World Wars I and II to make a landing base for the Royal Air Force, is the championship course among the three, so we’ll turn our attention there.
This course has some decent length to it, and you have to navigate through some stiff winds off the water. That’s only the first four holes. From the fifth hole to the 11th, the course moves along the seaside and makes for some interesting play.
Sabino raved about the ninth tee, saying: "You are hanging on the edge of a cliff with the white lighthouse nearby, the craggy rocks below and one of the most scenic views in golf with the course all around you and the majestic hotel on the top of the hill."
Turnberry has hosted a number of major events. The best was the 1977 Open Championship, in the "Duel of the Sun" when Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus by a stroke.
If you like golf history, a challenging but scenic course, and a superb place for a vacation, Turnberry is a great option to consider.