Turnberry Golf Course
Turnberry Golf Course played host to the 2009 British Open Golf Championships for the first time since 1994 when Nick Price from Zimbabwe took the Claret Jug. In total Turnberry measures in at 7204 yards and a Par of 70 on the Alisa course which is where the British Open will be played in 2009. Turnberry was voted the No.17 in the list of the 100 best golf courses in the world which highlights its pedigree as a Championship venue.
Turnberry held its first British Open in 1977 when it played host to one of the most memorable duels in golfing history. The 'Duel in the Sun' between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson has gone down in history as one of the greats which meant Turnberry had written its place in British Open history for good. It was the Australian Greg Norman who won in 1986 with a brilliant display when the Open returned to Turnberry.
Turnberry is a links golf course which is built upon sandy soil and rarely features any water hazards(apart from the sea) or trees. Links courses are almost always built in coastal areas with swirling winds which makes it a tough challenge for British Open players. The British Open is always played on links courses around England Scotland and wasTurnberry's turn in 2009 to host the big event. Links courses can seem very foreign to the visiting players from outside of Europe who are not used to playing on these style of courses which is normally enhanced by the unpredictable Scottish weather.