Prestwick Golf Club was the first course to host the British Open Championship in 1860. The Open has been hosted at Prestwick 24 times, the most recent of which was in 1925. St Andrews is the only other venue to have hosted more Opens than Prestwick. Prestwick is the place where the Open history began and holds that places firmly in history. The Claret Jug, the famous silver jug handed over as the prize for winning the Open was purchased for £30 and offered for the annual competition in 1972. The course itself is a traditional links course, out and back with several blind holes and the original cavernous sleepered bunkers with wooden steps to take you down to the bottom. Fast and hard greens make for a challenging round of golf. There is great variety in all the holes.
It is important that if you have any regard for the history of Open Championship golf that you visit and play this course. At The Links Club we say that it is a must play venue for the history is unique. It is a real gentleman’s golf club.
For a review of this course by golf writer John Huggan, click here.