The coastal settlement of Turnberry, some 81km (50 miles) southwest of Glasgow on the A77, was once part of the Culzean estate. It began to flourish early in the 20th century with the development of a rail service (now absent), and when a recognized golfing center with a first-class resort hotel was established.
From the original pair of 13-hole golf courses, the complex has developed two championship level courses, Ailsa and Kintyre, known worldwide as the Turnberry Hotel Golf Courses. Ailsa's 18 holes have been the scene of British Open tournaments, and after 15 years the Open returned in 2009. Guests of the Westin Turnberry hotel get priority of play, especially on the Ailsa course. The fees vary. Hotel residents should expect to pay between £50 and £150, depending on the course and the season. If you're not staying at Turnberry, rates range from around £100 to £200. Log onto www.turnberry.co.uk, or call tel. 01655/334-032 for up-to-date details.