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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

leather belt.

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.