It's Wednesday 17 October 1860…a small group of like-minded individuals are making their way towards the sandhills of Prestwick… Little did they know, they were about to make history!
This was the beginning of what was to be known as The Open.
Eight professionals, including Willie Park Sr and Old Tom Morris played three rounds over the 12-hole Prestwick course in one day.
Over 150 years later, The Open remains golf’s most prestigious competition and South Ayrshire retains its important golfing legacy with not only one, but two Open Championship venues in the region.
Golf South Ayrshire’s Lochgreen Course, Troon, also has a place in golfing history as a historical Open qualifying venue, it hosted one of golf’s greatest ever players, Jack Nicklaus, and, in 1962, Nicklaus qualified for his first ever Open Championship – a tournament he would go on to win no fewer than four times.
Our history continues, with no fewer than three classic James Braid designed courses. With over 450 designs to his name, Braid is widely recognised as one of golf’s finest course architects.
Well known for his ‘risk and reward’ courses, some of the finest examples of his work can be found on the mostly unchanged Belleisle, Seafield and Girvan courses.
Choose South Ayrshire as your next golfing destination and follow in the footsteps of legends…
Taken circa 1858 and features some of the players who played in the first Open at Prestwick