”The first Open Championship was played at Prestwick in 1860, Eight professional players competed for the prize of a red Morocco leather belt with silver clasps and an ornamental silver buckle, which cost £25 and was paid for by the club’s members.”
One of the oldest golf clubs in the world, Prestwick Golf Club inaugurated the first Open Championship in 1860. The winner was Willie Park from Musselburgh with a score of 174 for 36 holes, 2 shots clear of Tom Morris the Keeper of Prestwick's green.
Prestwick was home for the first 11 Championships and then held it jointly with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and with the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Prestwicks 24th and last Championship was in 1925 when Jim Barnes from the USA won. Only the Old Course at St.Andrews has now hosted more Open Championships than Prestwick.
Prestwick Club is a relaxed and friendly club and welcomes golfers from all around the world to play their traditional links course. Visitors are encouraged to use their temporary day membership to its full capacity, and enjoy the full lunch in the historic Dining Room (jacket and tie) or a snack in the relaxed Cardinal Room.
Situated 30 mins drive south west of Glasgow on Ayrhsire's famous goling coast, a stretch of prime golfing terrain as famous as any in the world. Prestwick shares a boundary with Royal Troon, the venue of The Open Championship in 2016. Turnberry is just 40 minutes away and Open Qualifying Courses such as Kilmarnock Barassie, Glasgow Gailes and Irvine Bogside are all within 20 minutes drive.
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