Prestwick Golf Club

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  • Holes of Merit:
    1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17
  • NCG Rank:
    35/100 in GB&I
  • Rank:
    75/100 in the World


The current 17th hole at Prestwick Golf Club was the 2nd hole on Old Tom Morris' original 12 hole course. It remains unchanged since the very first Open Championship in 1860. This, therefore, makes it the oldest existing hole in major championship golf!

The golf club is also home to the world-famous Cardinal Bunker, Himalayas, Sea Hedrig and The Alps.

Tom Doak recommends golf architecture students pay special attention to green contouring, bunkering and routing. Thus making Prestwick Golf Club one of only a handful of courses in the world with such an accolade. The Prestwick Experience is 18 holes of links golf that has hosted Open Champions from yesteryear to modern days.

Donald Steel calls the opening hole his favourite opener.

32 spaces around the long table in the Dining Room are available for those dressed up in jacket and tie. Similarly to other great Scottish golf clubs, Kummel is drunk before the afternoon rounds!

Open Champions have included: Willie Park Sr, Old Tom Morris, Young Tom Morris, Andrew Strath, Jamie Anderson, Jack Simpson, John Ball, Willie Auchterlonie, Harry Vardon, James Braid and Jim Barnes.

Prestwick Golf Club Reviews

Sean Arble's tour can be read here

Golf Club Atlas' review can be found here

Jaeger Kovich contributed an analysis of the 1st hole on The Fried Egg

Prestwick Golf Club Videos

View Hidden Links video of Prestwick GC here

Erik Anders Lang's visit can be seen by clicking here

Golf Course Review

Prestwick Golf Club was founded in 1851 and hosted the inaugural Open Championship in 1860. It is the birthplace of The Open with only St Andrews has hosted the tournament more often. The original course was a 12 hole layout from none other than Old Tom Morris in 1851. The remaining six holes were added in 1883.

A handful of original holes from Morris' twelve survived. These include today's 3rd (4), 13th (5), 17th (2). (Original hole numbers shown in brackets.) Iconic features such as the Cardinal and Sahara Bunkers are Morris originals with the 2nd, 13th and 15th greens original designs as well.

Frank Pennink described the land in Golfer's Companion as a 'golf course architects idea of heaven... in the form of sandhills, winding valleys, and a tortuous stream. The turf is as seaside in quality as on any links I know.'

Famous Holes at Prestwick

Hole 1 - Railway - Trains and O.B. make this hole incredibly strategic. Video
Hole 3 - Cardinal - Dogleg right with the infamous Cardinal Bunker. Video
Hole 5 - Himalayas - Prestwick's Dell. Video
Hole 13 - Sea Headrig. Video
Hole 16 - Cardinal's Back - Willie Campbell's Grave bunker. Video
Hole 17 - Alps - Sahara Bunker. Video

Prestwick Golf Club & The Open Championship

Prestwick is the birthplace of the Open Championship, hosting the event 24 times. Only St Andrews has hosted more Open Championships despite not hosted an Open since 1925! In fact, Prestwick Golf Club hosted the first 12 Opens and 24 of the first 60. Prestwick is the birthplace of The Open.

  1. 1860 1st Open - Willie Park Sr
  2. 1861 2nd Open - Old Tom Morris
  3. 1862 3rd Open - Old Tom Morris (First Multiple Open Winner)
  4. 1863 4th Open - Willie Park Sr
  5. 1864 5th Open - Old Tom Morris
  6. 1865 6th Open - Andrew Strath
  7. 1866 7th Open - Willie Park Sr (First 3x Open Winner)
  8. 1867 8th Open - Old Tom Morris
  9. 1868 9th Open - Young Tom Morris
  10. 1869 10th Open - Young Tom Morris
  11. 1870 11th Open - Young Tom Morris
  12. 1872 12th Open - Young Tom Morris (First 4X Open Winner)
  13. 1875 15th Open - Willie Park Sr
  14. 1878 18th Open - Jamie Anderson
  15. 1881 21st Open - Bob Ferguson
  16. 1884 24th Open - Jack Simpson
  17. 1887 27th Open - Willie Park Jr
  18. 1890 30th Open - John Ball (First Englishman & First Amateur to Win The Open)
  19. 1893 33rd Open - William Auchterlonie
  20. 1898 38th Open - Harry Vardon
  21. 1903 43rd Open - Harry Vardon
  22. 1908 48th Open - James Braid
  23. 1914 54th Open - Harry Vardon (First and Only 6x Winner of The Open)
  24. 1925 60th Open - Jim Barnes

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