Open Championship Golf Course – Holes Seven to Twelve at the Ailsa

7. ‘Roon the Ben’ (Round the Bend) – 529 yards, par 5 – Traditionally this hole is rated as the most difficult of the course mainly due to the narrow fairway being set in a dell or valley, 25 feet down from the tee box. Should you miss right, you may well land in the thick gorse lining the sides of the hill but the worst case scenario would be missing left – your ball will land up on the beach overlooking the ocean.

8. Goat Fell – 431 yards, par 4 – This relatively tame hole is named after the tallest peak on Arran and will give you a chance to catch your breath after the difficult 7th. A straight forward tee shot will get you onto the relatively wide fairway with ease and you will really have to try hard to find the one and only hazard near the spacious green, a bunker situated bottom right.

9. Bruce’s Castle – 454 yards, par 4 – The signature hole of the course starts off with an exhilarating blind and uphill tee shot literally out of the rocks, aimed over the surf to a marking stone about 200 yards on. It is an achievement in itself to find the fairway but if you are lucky enough to hit a path about 300 yards out, your drive will just keep on going. The green is unguarded but watch out for the undulations. The hole has wonderful sweeping views across to the Scottish Monarch, Robert the Bruce’s ruined castle.

10. ‘Dinna Fouter’ (Don’t Falter) – 452 yards, par 4 – This hole hugs the coastline and although it may look long on paper, it plays substantially shorter primarily because the fairway, nestled between the surf line and the dunes, runs downhill. The only major risk for the approach shot is an odd looking bunker, with an island of grass in the middle, situated about 70 yards short of the green.

11. Maidens – 174 yards, par 3 – The third par 3 is named after the village located north of the course and it is a formidable test for any golfer. The tee is precariously situated on top of a bluff with little or no shelter from the wind, so if you miscalculate you may well land up in one of the deep bunkers that protect the small green.

12. Monument – 446 yards, par 4 – The hole is named after the monument built in honour of the airmen, stationed at Turnberry, who were lost in World War II. It is a pretty straight forward hole but you need to carry over two deep bunkers and a false front to find the green, so it really all hinges on a good approach shot.