King Robert The Bruce: Ebert Magic at Turnberry

by | Nov 5, 2021 | Golf Resorts

Named for the man who became King of Scots in 1306, King Robert The Bruce was the last piece of the puzzle to fit in its place after Donald Trump transformed Turnberry when he acquired it.

This move would take golf at the resort to an entirely different level over the next three years.

The links academy and practice facilities have been renovated, the pitch and putt course has been rebuilt, a new Cairngorms putting green has been installed and the clubhouse has been completely renovated before the Ailsa underwent a major upgrade.

The contractor SOL Golf made considerable modifications to many holes – the fire on the 1st was removed, sandy wastelands were created at several holes, a large wetland was created between the 5th and 13th, trees were placed on the left of the 7th, and the home green was lowered in front of the clubhouse.

In addition, the bunkers were completely overhauled.


Golf has been played at Turnberry for well over a century, beginning when Lord Ailsa commissioned Willie Fernie, the professional at Troon, to lay first course for the Girvan Golf Course in 1901.

However, this new course only opened at the beginning of the new millennium.

When Trump acquired Turnberry in 2014, he hired Martin Ebert to oversee the entire operation. This proved to be one of the smartest steps in golf course architecture history and turned the venue into one of the greatest golf resorts in the world.

Little people do not know that the iconic lighthouse, built by the family of the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson, is located in the middle of the ruins of Turnberry Castle.

It was in this medieval castle that King Robert the Bruce was born in July 1274.

Why it is special

Undoubtedly, the cliff edge 9 makes this place special because of its drama, challenge and strategy. Do you walk the green over the precipice at the cliff or lie further along the fairway and squeeze into the green that sits high above the waves crashing onto the rocks below?

Where is it?

Trump Turnberry Resort is located on the south west coast of Scotland in Ayrshire.

Where does it rank?

8th in Ayrshire, 216th in GB&I and 55th in Scotland.

Contact Turnberry

For more information about the club and the course, visit or give them a call 01655 331 000.

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