Prestwick golf club the birthplace of the open championship welcomes all golfers from around the world to come and enjoy our testing historic links situated on a stretch of golfing terrain unrivalled in the world prestwick is less than a couple of hours travel from all the other open championship courses in scotland and is a must play for . Prestwick golf club was founded in 1851 by a group of members who met at the red lion inn prestwick a colonel fairlie of coodham brought old tom morris to prestwick from standrews to be keeper of the greens ball and club maker. Prestwick is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world and stakes claim as the original host to the british open in 1860 the course was only 12 holes back then but was later stretched to 18 by old tom morris. Old tom morris laid out the original prestwick course the first of many that he was to do a stone cairn to the west of the clubhouse marks the first tee of that 12 hole course the old first hole measured 578 yards 1 foot and 9 inches and stretched to what is now the 16th green
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