THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
the world was first introduced to the open championship at
prestwick on 17th october 1860. it was played according to
prestwick rules with the club hosting the first 12 opens and
its members sourcing the prize of the famed red Moroccan
prestwick was a place of firsts. it was here the first open prize
money was presented, the first hole-in-one realised and the
first amateur victory recorded. this was where oldtomMorris,
Willie park Snr and harry Vardon battled for supremacy and
the iconic claret Jug.
the 24 opens that were contested here mean prestwick is
second only to St andrews in staging the event. it also means
the open championship is embedded within the club’s very
core - one simply couldn’t exist without the other.