Turnberry Kintyre Golf Course Review
Turnberry, Ayrshire, United Kingdom
Back tees: 73.0 rating; 135 slope
Last played: 2008
Turnberry Kintyre Golf Course Overview:
The Kintyre course has a long history of being the 2nd course at Turnberry and has undergone many changes, including its new name and routing in the 1990’s. It features plenty of difficult holes, centered around those with large amounts of gorse on one or both sides of the fairway. The signature hole, the 8th, while pretty, is not a particularly strong hole, and it takes 4 holes up and over a hill to include it, which gives the course a strange break in the middle that just does not flow well. However, it finishes as it starts and is a decent test of golf. The best holes are shown below:
Turnberry Kintyre Hole 1: The opening hole revolves around the 2nd shot, which must either clear or stay short of the burn that runs diagonally across it and will determine the length of approach to the first green.
Turnberry Kintyre Hole 4: The first true test of the day from the tee comes at this dogleg left part four, with gorse and bunkers everywhere with which to contend. The approach to the green is then fairly open, but anything too far left will find gorse.
Turnberry Kintyre Hole 8: This short par four features a green 30 yards below the fairway in a cove that cannot be seen from the tee. Thus the player can lay up with an iron and still have only a wedge to the green or can take the plunge and go for the green. However, gorse, bunkers and ocean long can face the bad shot.
Turnberry Kintyre Hole 11: One of the better par fours on the course features a downhill sweeping drive with gorse right and large bushes and a hazard to the left. The view of the Turnberry area, lighthouse and ocean from the tee is great.
Turnberry Kintyre Hole 13: At 462 yards, this par four is long and features gorse and bunkers to contend with as well, making it by far the most difficult on the course. There is area to miss right on the tee shot, but that leaves a longer approach to the green with gorse just to the left.