With the devastation of the Ailsa came the opportunity to enhance the already famous course. The near-miraculous work of the brilliant Suttons designer Mackenzie Ross played the imperative role in Ailsa's transformation into one of the most significant venues in world golf.

Ross turned the very tools of the course's destruction to more enlightened uses, and in less than a year, bulldozers and diggers had reshaped the natural dunes, hillocks and valleys that had been lost during the war.

Preserving the natural beauty of the course, and the "hideous beauty" of its naturally occurring hazards, Ross made spectacular use of the coastline and its knolls. The new 4th, 9th and 10th holes were taken so close to the beach that players would forever feel at risk of taking an early dip. When the wind rises, the mind plays tricks, and there can be few more challenging holes anywhere.

"The Ailsa course is the best golf course in Great Britain." - Gary Player