Turnberry recruits Darren Mclaughlan as new Director of Golf Courses

Trump Turnberry has solidified his stellar management team with the recruitment of green maintenance expert Darren McLaughlan as Director of Golf Courses.

The new McLaughlan will oversee the iconic Ailsa course, as well as the other two authentic Turnberry layouts. His arrival places him at the head of the greens which have hosted four historic Open Championships and continue to be ranked among the best courses in the world.

Having worked in the golf industry for over 25 years, McLaughlan’s extensive experience is a perfect match for Turnberry’s reputation for distinction. The Ayr local joins North Berwick Golf Club, having worked at prestigious clubs such as Wentworth and Montrose Golf Links.

After leaving La Gorce Country Club in Miami, he secured a position on the agronomy team for the 2015 BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth. He returned to his native Scotland with a move to Machrihanish Golf Club the following year, where he was quickly promoted from assistant to course manager.

McLaughlan can count a degree in agronomy and crop science from Ohio University among a comprehensive list of certifications, which also includes an HNC in golf course management. At Turnberry, he will combine his extensive knowledge of course maintenance with his experience leading the grounds maintenance team.

McLaughlan said: “I am so delighted to be back home in Ayrshire and working at one of the best golf clubs in the world.

“Turnberry is such an iconic part of Scottish golf, with such a rich history, and I can’t wait to be part of the next chapter. I can’t wait to get to work on these brilliant courses.”

Allan Patterson, Director of Golf Courses and Estates at Turnberry, said: “We always want to name the best new staff and Darren is no exception. He has proven his expertise at some prestigious golf clubs and will be a valuable new addition to the team. here in Turnberry.”

Challenging golfers and delighting guests for over a century, Turnberry has long been a household name in golf and travel. The famous Ailsa course has hosted a quartet of memorable open championships, including the spectacular 1977 ‘Duel in the Sun’, in which Tom Watson narrowly beat Jack Nicklaus to claim one of golf’s most famous victories.

The Ailsa course is complemented by the King Robert the Bruce course, which has also been recognized as one of the best designs in the UK, and the nine-hole Arran course. A luxurious clubhouse and pro shop provide a relaxed atmosphere to prepare or reflect on your day on the course.

As well as a prestigious golf offering, Turnberry offers a range of other activities including horse riding, archery and falconry. Meanwhile, Turnberry is home to an eclectic selection of fine dining options, with signature restaurant 1906 the jewel in the culinary crown.

For more information on the Trump Turnberry set and to book, please visit: turnberry.co.uk

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Michael C. Ford