The Ailsa Course at Turnberry is one of the most beautiful courses in Scotland. In World War II, however, even the golfing world made sacrifices when the fairways were turned into airstrips for Allied fighter planes—some of those leveled areas are still visible today. The view of the Irish Sea and the white lighthouse almost distract from the incredible holes—such as the difficult 10th hole with its island sand bunker. 10,000 spectators witnessed golf history being made here in July 2009 when Tom Watson, already 59 at the time, nearly won his sixth British Open. Although the resort’s second 18-hole course, the Kintyre, is overshadowed by its older brother, it has its own unique appeal thanks to its often dramatic changes in elevation and tricky greens. Every afternoon at five o’clock, a bagpiper plays on the steps of the resort to greet returning golfers. The rooms located at the front of the resort have a stunning view of the golf course and the Irish Sea.