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Prestwick, Old Course

Home of the first Open Championship.


Playing the Course

One of the oldest golf clubs in the world, Prestwick Golf Club hosted the inaugural Open Championship in 1860.

Prestwick was home for the first eleven Championships and then held it jointly with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St.Andrews and with the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Only the Old Course at St.Andrews has hosted more Open Championships than Prestwick.

The history of Prestwick Golf Club stretches back over 160 years during a time when golf was in its infancy. In 1851, a group of 57 enthusiastic members, who met regularly at the Red Lion Inn, made the momentous decision to form a golf club purchasing two cottages opposite the tavern.

The first cottage would become the members’ clubhouse whilst the other was gifted to the club’s Keeper of the Green, ball and clubmaker – Old Tom Morris. Together with a gold medal presented by the club’s first captain (the Earl of Eglinton) for an annual competition still played for today, the legend of Prestwick was born.


Prestwick, Old Course

One of Prestwick’s strengths is the variety and quality of the holes. The course layout takes golfers through rugged dunes, blind holes and rippled fairways.

The greens are notoriously firm and fast and golfers require to think strategically to successfully navigate this course.

There are many great things about Prestwick and every serious golfer should experience at least one round here.

2-4 Links Rd,

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