Prestwick Golf Club will forever remain etched in golf’s history; having been the venue for the first-ever Open Championship back in 1860 where Old Tom Morris - the Keeper of Prestwick’s green – was runner-up by two shots. Since then another 24 Opens were played here, the last in 1925. The course was established with 12 holes and six of the original greens are still in use today. But far from a dusty 'museum', Prestwick is living proof that ‘old fashioned features’ can still provide a riveting experience.
The course features deep greens sandwiched between the dunes and senior tees on top of the large dunes, from which there are views to the island, the Isle of Aaron and clubhouse on the adjoining field Royal Troon. The first tee sits beside Prestwick Station and the railway line runs all the way down the right-hand side of the opening hole. There are plenty of other holes where a score can come off the tracks, though, the huge 'Cardinal Bunker' providing potential trouble at the third and the 'Himalayas' having to be negotiated at the 206-yard par-3 fifth.
- Year of Opening - 1851
- Designer - Old Tom Morris, Charlie Hunter
- Par - 71
- Holes - 18
- Length - 6909 Yards