Prestwick Golf Club is home to one of the most classic courses in links golf. After all, this is the birthplace of The Open Championship we’re talking about! Located in the town of Prestwick in South Ayrshire, Prestwick Golf Club is only about 30 miles southwest of Glasgow and a stone’s throw from Glasgow Prestwick Airport.
Being that it’s so conveniently located, there’s no excuse not to include a stop at Prestwick Golf Club on your golf tour of Scotland, and why wouldn’t you! Prestwick is a wonderful links golf course that’s the handiwork of Old Tom Morris. Morris was responsible for creating the club’s original 12-hole course, which he later extended to 18 holes in 1882.
Old Tom Morris wouldn’t be the only Morris to leave their mark on Prestwick either, as Young Tom Morris won three consecutive Opens there between 1868 to 1870. Prestwick held the first-ever Open Championship in 1860, following the death of golf phenom Allan Robertson the previous year. Though Prestwick Golf Club has not hosted The Open since 1924, it’s no doubt worth seeing where it all began.