Turnberry, the host of this year's British Open, is a golf resort in Scotland that has hosted the even three times before. But the last time the Open Championship was hosted there way back in 1994.
What is this place? Here are some facts about Turnberry.
Built in 1906, Turnberry is a golf resort comprising three links courses in southwestern Scotland. Turnberry is just inland from Dingleberry, a small peninsula that dangles off the coast of Scotland.
During World War II, Turnberry was used as an airfield. While the course contains many treacherous pot bunkers, Turnberry’s most difficult hazards are the many still active landmines. Greg Norman famously choked in the ’94 Open by stepping on a land mine on the 17th hole on Sunday with a two-stroke lead.
In the first Open Championship played at Turnberry in 1977, Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus by one stroke in a contest that was dubbed the “Duel in the Sun.” The two men used their putters to stage a dramatic “sword” fight down the 18th fairway, with Watson finishing Nicklaus off by impaling him with the flagstick on the 18th green to thunderous applause.
Like Bethpage Black on Long Island, Turnberry is one of the few public courses used for major championships. The other best known course is Augusta National, home of the Masters, which is open to most any rich, white, Protestant, blue blood members of the public who want to play there, as long as they are willing to pay a six or seven figure membership fee and sign a secrecy agreement. So, semi-public, I guess.
Turnberry is known for it’s iconic lighthouse. Golfers who are able to successfully putt the ball through the lighthouse door are rewarded with a coupon for $1 off their next round or a free ice cream at the concession stand.