Trump Turnberry 2016 - 2017

The changes to Turnberry are as dramatic as they are compelling; a new 1st, moved 4th, moved 5th green-site, new tees and green on 6 and the new tees and green on 9 will be the "go to" photo position. An exceptional front nine. But it continues. The Halfway House experience has to be be, well, experienced to understand its impact, and then onto the the 10th, a new green on the waters edge. Now the new 11th, tees and green on the waters edge. The 14th green has moved nearer the lighthouse onto the area that was the old 9th fairway and new elevated tees on 18. I did not have time to look at the 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th or 17th but this is still a back nine of equal strength to the front.

Add to this the complete refurbishment of the hotel, a new ballroom and changes in the clubhouse.

So where does all this lead to? The Open is at Royal Troon and I expect the world's media will descend to pass judgement, as well as all those that can get a tee off time during this busy period.

I hope it gets the praise it deserves.