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Prestwick shares it boundaries with Royal Troon and is just 20 minutes from Turnberry, on the famous golfing Ayrshire coast. Founded in 1851 by a group of 57 members with The Earl of Eglinton as the first Captain of the club. The first Open Championship was held at Prestwick in 1860, which was organised by the members who subscribed £25 to purchase a red morocco belt with silver clasps. It was won by Willie Park of Musselburgh. Prestwick’s final Open was in 1925, when the crowds became so great that players were insufficiently protected, and MacDonald Smith in particular, was put off his game, allowing Jim Barnes USA to steal the title.
Photos by Robert Mitchell and courtesy of Prestwick Golf Club
**Prestwick has this "Aura" which you feel as soon as you drive up to the clubhouse. I mean it all started here!! Tom Morris, Golf's 1st Superstar laid out the original 12 holes in 1851 and Mother Nature made sure that I only got to see 5 of them on my 1st visit. I'm cool with that as from the Caddy master to the Secretary I was made feel at home. Checked off my "Bucket List" is now the oldest hole in Championship Golf, the original 2nd, 17th today. Walking where the true fathers of the game played has never been truer then at this great club. Until we meet again Prestwick!!**