Prestwick Golf Club
South West Scotland, Scotland
Prestwick Golf Club overview
Prestwick Golf Club will always be associated with The Open Championship having held the very first in 1860, won by Willie Park. Back then it was just a 12-hole course but it has been an 18-hole links course since the late 1800s. When it hosted its final Open Championship in 1925 it had by then already hosted 24! A tally only surpassed by the Old Course in St Andrews.
Located on the edge of Prestwick town on the South West coast of Scotland, the course at Prestwick uses a narrow strip of links land in between the Firth of Clyde and the railway line. This railway line is directly in play on the 1st hole creating what many accept to be one of the most intimidating opening tee shots in golf. Traditions are held dearly at Prestwick so remember to take your jacket and tie if you wish to use the member’s bar and dining room after the round.
Prestwick Golf Course overview
Towering sand dunes, rippled fairways, blind approach shots and firm, fast greens are hallmarks of this historic links course which make it so unique and fun to play. Measuring 6908-yards from the tips it is a testament to tradition with a layout that has the holes weaving and shaping their way through the dunes.
Strong approach play is important with the greens often small and either hidden in hollows or perched atop raised plateaus. For golfers who appreciate their history, they will savour playing a links course that reflects so much of the original design.
The 17th at Prestwick is known as the ‘Alps’ and is regarded as one of the great blind holes in golf. A drive down a narrow fairway is followed by an approach shot over dunes which block any view of the green (hence the name Alps). The putting surface is heavily protected on the sides by long fescue grass and a long, deep railway-sleeper bunkers.
Did You Know?
The very first Open Championship was held at Prestwick Golf Club. Willie Park of Musselburgh was the winner, taking home the prize of a red Moroccan leather belt with silver clasps and an ornamental silver buckle. Very different to the vast sums of money on offer for winning these days!
Accommodation near Prestwick Golf Club
The Rusacks Hotel is one of the best properties in St Andrews. Recently improved to become a 5-star venue and situated overlooking the 18th hole of the Old Course, staying here is a real treat.
Piersland House Hotel
The Piersland House Hotel is a stunning retreat offering charming rooms in what was originally the residence of the Johnnie Walker family of Scotch whisky fame. This is a delightful 4-star venue.
Troon Marine Hotel
Located on the beautiful Ayrshire coast, with spectacular views of the Isle of Arran. This 4-star hotel provides the perfect base from which to explore the West coast of Scotland.
South Beach Hotel
This family-run 3-star property in Troon is a great value option on the southwest coast of Scotland. A small hotel with 32 rooms and easy access to Royal Troon and Prestwick Golf Clubs.
Trump Turnberry, Scotland
Trump Turnberry is a 5-star luxury resort situated on the stunning Ayrshire coastline, with two of Scotland’s best golf courses onsite including the world-famous Ailsa Open Championship course.