On the 17th October 1860 eight golfers teed it up in a golf match over the 12-hole course at Prestwick for a red Morocco leather belt with a silver buckle. Little did they know that they were playing in golfs first Major championship (the Open Championship) Prestwick Golf Club was proud to host the first 12 Opens and 24 in all.
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. Prestwick's 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 Golf Club is a relaxed and friendly club that enjoys welcoming golfers from all around the world. Visitors are encouraged to use their temporary membership to its full capacity, and enjoy the full lunch in the historic Dining Room or a snack in the relaxed Cardinal Room.
Situated half an hour's drive south west of Glasgow on Ayrshire's famous golfing 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 final qualifying courses such as Kilmarnock Barassie, Glasgow Gailes, Western Gailes and Irvine Bogside are all within a 20 minute drive.