The Ailsa Course at Turnberry is a very popular and scenic Open Championship golf course. It was established in 1902 with the Turnberry hotel opening in 1906. The course, on 2 occasions, was threatened by the two world wars. During the Second World War, several holes were turned into concrete runways. The then owners commissioned Philip Mackenzie Ross to return the flattened land back to its former glory. After two years of exceptional work in 1951 it reopened. The Ailsa Course hosted the Open Championship for the first tie in 1977 and was famous for the dual between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. After this exceptional finish to an Open, the 18th hole has been renames “The Duel in the Sun.” Ironically, at the age of 59, in 2009, Tom Watson once again required a par 4 on a 72nd hole to win the Open but sadly missed and lost in a playoff to Stewart Cink. The Ailsa Course is an out and back layout with the prevailing wind at your back for the outward nine and against you for the inward nine. It is one of the Open Championship courses which receives the most plaudits and at The Links Club we think it is one of the best Championship Courses.