of Prestwick Golf Club can be traced to the Red Lion Inn, which still
stands at Prestwick Cross. Attended by a number of local gentlemen, this
meeting marked the foundation of the club.
as the birthplace of the Open Championship, Prestwick and has hosted 24
Opens in all, the last one being 1926, after which the crowds were deemed
too large. The original 12-hole layout played host to the first Open Championship
in 1860 (won by Willie Park) for which the prize was a red Morocco leather
belt with silver clasps costing the sum of £25. Over the next 12 years
at Prestwick, the belt had been won 4 times by Old Tom Morris and 3 times
in succession by Young Tom Morris, who subsequently became owner of the
to 18 holes in 1883 with seven original greens remaining to this day,
Prestwick has not changed much over the years. It's often controversial
blind shots and misleadingly initial unkempt appearance bear witness to
the members' aspirations that the course remain true to its origins.
by the meandering waters of "Pow Burn", Prestwick boasts
a unique array of holes with significant amounts of heather and gorse,
which when combined with some typically hellish Scottish bunkers can often
ruin an otherwise respectable score. Prestwick's fairways are for the
most part narrow and its generally small and undulating greens, given
certain pin placements, can make for some interesting approach shots.
While Prestwick can be forgiving on calm days, when the wind rolls in
from the Firth of Clyde, the golfer would be well advised to lower their
aspirations to a low score.
the best known hole at Prestwick is the par 5 third hole, which incorporates
the infamous "Cardinal Bunker" a vast expanse
of sand divided by fairway and faced by railway sleepers or ties. However,
whatever your woes at the end of the day whether Pow Burn, Cardinal,
Willie Campbell's Grave or the undulating greens, you are advised to try
the best known local cure "a brim-full schooner of Kummel"!
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