Prestwick Golf Club

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Prestwick Golf Club is located in the town of Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland. It is approximately southwest of Scotland's largest city, Glasgow. Prestwick is a classic links golf course, being built on the rolling sandy land that "links" the beach and the land further inland. The course is located near the Prestwick airport and some holes run along railway tracks on the eastern side of the course.


Golf had been played over the links at Prestwick for many years before the Club was formally organized in 1851. Old Tom Morris was the club's "Keeper of the Green, Ball and Club Maker" from 1851 to 1864. He designed and built the original 12-hole course. Morris, originally from St Andrews, returned there to take a leadership position in 1865, but extended the Prestwick course to 18 holes in the 1880s, when the club acquired more land.Tommy's Honor, by Kevin Cook, 2007

Originates The Open Championship

Prestwick is famous as the initial originator and sponsor of The Open Golf Championship, the oldest of golf's four major championships. Discussion of The Open's future concept began soon after the 1859 death of Allan Robertson, longtime professional at St Andrews, who had been considered supreme for some 20 years until his death; the concept of the Open was to find the new 'champion golfer'. The first Open was held in October 1860, with three trips in one day over the course's 12 holes to make for 36 holes; the field...
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