Prestwick Golf Club is founded on 2nd July at a meeting of 57 gentlemen in the Red Lion Inn with the 13th Earl of Eglinton elected as its first Captain. Tom Morris is recruited by James Ogilvy Fairlie to be Keeper of the Green, Ball and Clubmaker. He serves Prestwick until 1864 when he returns to his native St. Andrews.
Prestwick organises and hosts a competition for Professional golfers on 17th October. So began golf's most famous event, the Open Championship, with its original prize of a Challenge Belt being won by Willie Park with a score of 174 for three rounds of 12-holes. The following year, amateurs are admitted into the event, making it truly open. Prestwick stages the competition for the next ten years until 1870 when young Tom Morriss wins the belt outright for three consecutive victories.
A clubhouse is built at a cost of £758 in Links Road beside the course. Harry Hart is appointed Secretary of the club, a post he holds until retiring in 1903. Charlie Hunter returns to the club as Custodian of the Green, serving the club for the next 53 years until his death in 1921. Young Tom Morris wins the first of his four Open Championships.
Tommy was presented with the Championship Belt for his three consecutive wins.
Prestwick is joined by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers in hosting the Open and sharing the cost of a new Challenge Trophy, a silver claret jug, which is again won by Young Tom Morris at Prestwick this year.
The 12-hole course is extended to 18 holes, retaining six of the greens and three holes from the original course. Two years later, Jack Simpson wins the first Open to be played on this longer course.
Prestwick hosts its first Amateur Championship, one of eleven to be held here. The first winner is John Ball Junior (who also won the Open at Prestwick two years later) and the most recent Michael Hoey in 2001.
Prestwick hosts the first International professional golf match, played between Scotland and England.
Harry Vardon wins his third Open Championship at Prestwick and sixth in total. His record has never been equalled, let alone beaten.
Prestwick stages its last Open Championship (and 24th in all, a record bettered only bgy St Andrews). Jim Barnes overturns Macdonald Smith's final round lead of five shots over him to win by a single shot from Ted Ray. Stewards struggle to control a crowd of around 15,000 which watched the closing round.
JM (Morty) Dykes represents Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup match against USA. Twenty three years later, another Prestwick member (and likewise Scottish AMateur Champion), WD (Dick) Smith (pictured) is also chosen for the Walker Cup and plays Jack Nicklaus in his singes match. Other members to have been Scottish Amateur Champions are Keith Macintosh and JA (Allan) Thomson.
The course hosts the Dunlop Masters Tournament. Irishman Christy O'Connor (pictued) is the winner. In 1958 and the Penfold-Swallow Tournament is also played at Prestwick.
Prestwick hosts the Scottish Ladies Amateur Championship, won by Belle Robertson (pictured). The event returned to Prestwick in 2004. Prestwick has also hosted the Scottish Mens Amateur Championship seven times, most recently in 1998, the Mens Home International event in 2004 and the Palmer Cup in 2006.
A major refurbishment and extension of the clubhouse is opened in the year the club celebrates its Sequicentennial.
Five Open Champions attend Prestwick's 150th anniversary celebrations of the inaugural Open. The R&A onours Prestwick's contribution to golf by gifting a replica Claret Jug emgraved with the names of Open winners from 1872 to 1925.