Donald Trump may not have plans to commandeer Ailsa Craig and use the iconic island for Open Championship parking, but this much you can count on: come this fall, the Ailsa course at Trump-owned Turnberry in Scotland will look different.
According to Reuters, Trump plans to close the four-time Open venue in September for a major overhaul that will leave all but a few holes unaltered.
When it reopens next summer, the course will have new tees on several holes along the water, adding ocean carries to their demands. The new course will play to a par-70, as ever, but its configuration will be different, perhaps most notably around the turn, where the par-4 9th hole will be shortened into a par-3 and the par-4 10th stretched into a par-5.
The lighthouse you’ve seen in a thousand postcards? It will be reborn as a half-way house.
The last time the Ailsa course staged an Open was in 2009, when a 59-year-old Tom Watson lost in a playoff to Stewart Cink. It’s unclear when the event will return to Turnberry, but the next free slot in the rota is in 2020.
At a news conference detailing the renovation plans Tuesday, Donald Trump’s son, Eric, said that Turnberry would welcome another Open.
“It’s really up to the R&A,” he said. “We’d love to make it happen.”
In the meantime, another big event is on the way. The Ricoh Women’s British Open will be played at Turnberry from July 30 to Aug. 2.