Thursday, 9 July 2009



The Open Championship
Scotland is recognised as the birthplace of Golf and The Open Championship will provide one of the focal points for the year of Homecoming in 2009. The 138th staging of The Open Championship, golf's oldest major, will find The Champion Golfer of the Year in 2009 at Turnberry. The venue is legendary for golf fans, recalling the famed Duel in the Sun in 1977 when Tom Watson finally triumphed over Jack Nicklaus on the 72nd and final hole of the Championship.

Enjoy Homecoming Day, the final practice day (Wednesday 15th July) at Turnberry and roam the course prior to the start of the famous Open Championship. Try your luck at our Homecoming putting competition or get close to the Claret Jug and give yourself a lasting memory of the day.

The Claret Jug is without doubt the most famous trophy in the game of golf. Commissioned in 1872 but completed in 1873, this elegant trophy – officially called the Golf Champion Trophy – was first presented to Tom Kidd, the 1873 champion, but Kidd was not the first name to be inscribed on it. That honour went to Young Tom Morris, the 1872 champion, even though the trophy had not been completed when he won the event.

Where and When
Start Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2009
End Date: Sunday, July 19, 2009
Address: Ailsa Course, Turnberry Resort
Postcode: KA26 9LT
Local Authority Area: South Ayrshire
Region: West Central Scotland

Contact Details
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