Under the watchful eye of Donald Trump, the Ailsa Course at Turnberry will soon undergo significant changes with the goal of once again hosting golf's oldest championship.
The course will close in September for renovations, and it will be "radically different" upon re-opening according to a Reuters report. While the current scorecard includes two par 5s and four par 3s, the new layout will have three of the former and five of the latter, with par still totaling 70. A Golfweek report notes that some of the biggest changes will occur around the turn, where the par-4 ninth hole will be changed to a par 3 with the course's iconic lighthouse as a backdrop, while No. 10 will be lengthened into a par 5.
Turnberry has hosted the Open Championship four times, most recently in 2009 when Stewart Cink edged 59-year-old Tom Watson in a playoff. There are no firm plans for the Open to return to the Scottish seaside links, with the next available date for the championship not until 2020.
Trump purchased the property last year for a reported total of nearly $60 million, and he noted at the time that any renovations would be made in consultation with the R&A.
"I'm not going to touch a thing unless the Royal and Ancient ask for it or approve it," Trump said last April.
The course will close on Sept. 27 and is projected to re-open in June 2016. Before renovations begin, the LPGA will host the Ricoh Women's British Open at Turnberry July 30-Aug. 2.