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Golf Courses

Royal Troon Old Course
Turnberry Course Ailsa Course
Western Gailes


Culzean Castle
Machrihanish by sea


Region: Prestwick
Opened: 1851
Type: Links
Designer: unknown

Distances (meters/yards/par):
Championship 6068 / 6636 / 72
Men 6068 / 6636 / 72
Ladies 0 / 0 / 0

Established in 1851, by a group of locals who gathered at the Red Lion Inn in Prestwick, Old Tom Morris was brought from St Andrews to be the first Keeper of the Green, Ball and Club Maker. To house him they purchased two cottages opposite the Red Lion, the second being used as the first clubhouse. When Morris returned to St Andrews several years later the proceeds from the two cottages house were used to build the current clubhouse which has since been extended and modernized. Some of the lockers still used today date back to 1882.

The first Open was played here in 1860 and was won by Willie Park of Musselburgh with a score of 174 over 36 holes. After Young Tom Morris won the competition three consecutive times from 1868 to 1870 entitling him to keep the original trophy, a splendid red Moroccan leather belt, Prestwick joined up with St Andrews and The Honourable Company of Edinburgh golfers to purchase the Claret Jug trophy which is still played for today.

Set between railway line and the ocean, a sliced drive off the first can easily make the 8:45 for Glasgow standing in the station nearby. The closeness to the railway station is not the only unusual feature of this terrific golf links. Having opened in 1894 as a twelve hole course, the addition of six holes turned it into a somewhat unconventional layout. Enjoy the 17th with a blind second shot over a massive dune hopefully to find your ball on the green or more likely in the massive bunker alongside.

Lunch in The Dining Room, which can be arranged during summer months, with its splendid display of pictures and memorabilia is a wonderfully traditional occasion.