Turnberry seems to inspire nothing but affection from all who visit – from Open champions to thrill-seeking holidaymakers. The reasons – while multitudinous – are generally obvious. The views are magnificent throughout, with Ailsa Craig offering a constant brooding presence. This huge, granite rock has a haunting, captivating quality. Sometimes brilliantly clear, and sometimes shrouded by cloud, often its outline blurs and then fades from view completely.
Whilst you have Ailsa Crag on one side, turn around and you have the instantly recognisable landmark which is the white hotel standing proudly above the links. It is easy to see why it has become so popular with international tourists. The fact that the Ailsa hosted what many believe to be the greatest ever Open Championship is also in its favour.