Prestwick Old Course is without a doubt one of the most famous ‘Old Links' courses in the world and a must for golf in the west coast of Scotland. The Championship Links has been extended throughout the years since it hosted the first Open Championship back in 1860. Back then the tournament was played on a 12 hole course. The Par 71 now plays just under 7’000 yds and is traditional a links course as you’ll play. You'll encounter a few blind shots along your round and negotiate undulating fairways some would refer to as an ‘Elephants Graveyard'. Furthermore you will find some exceptional bunkering and finally fast and firm greens.
A Brief History of Prestwick Golf Club
Founded in 1851, Prestwick Golf Club is steeped in history and tradition. The Championship Links has been extended throughout the years since it hosted the first Open Championship back in 1860, and the club hosted the event 24 times in total. Back then the tournament was played on a 12-hole course. Many famous golfers, including Old Tom Morris and Harry Vardon, have walked the fairways of Prestwick. The organisation was crucial to the growth of the sport, and its members helped form the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
Course Design at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland
The 18-hole links course is a true test of golfing ability. With a total yardage of 6,544 and a par of 71, the course is not overly long but requires strategic play and precise shot-making. The course features a variety of hazards, including deep bunkers, gorse, and wind, which can make club selection and shot execution challenging.
You'll encounter a few blind shots along your round and negotiate undulating fairways some would refer to as an ‘Elephants Graveyard'. Furthermore, you will find some exceptional bunkering and finally fast and firm greens.
Make sure you time your opening tee shot wisely though as the local trains fly past every few minutes only a few meters from the 1st teeing ground.
One of the most famous holes at Prestwick is the par-5 17th, known as "Alps." This hole requires players to hit their tee shot over a large dune, after which the fairway slopes downward and to the right. The approach shot must carry a deep bunker guarding the green, which slopes significantly from back to front.
NOVEMBER 2022 - MARCH 2023 Price for Prestwick Golf Club
£120– 18 holes £165 – day
£135 – Sunday (am)
APRIL 2023 & OCTOBER 2023 Price for Golf Club Prestwick
Weekday – April &
£195 – 18 holes
Weekend – April &
£245 – 18 holes
Fridays – April &
Prestwick Experience £235 – 18 holes & 3-course lunch
MAY - SEPTEMBER 2023 Price for Prestwick Golf Club
Weekday – Summer
£240 – 18 holes
£315 – day
Weekend – Summer
£270 – 18 holes
£345 – day
Prestwick Experience £280 – 18 holes & 3-course lunch
Caddy – £55
Trolley – £7 for pull, £20 for electric
Cart – £30
Club Hire – £30 For TaylorMade including 3 TaylorMade balls
Membership at Golf Club Prestwick
Membership is highly sought after and limited in number. Prospective members must apply in writing, and applications are considered by the club's committee. Membership benefits include access to the course and practice facilities, as well as social events and competitions.
Where is Prestwick Golf Club?
It is located in Prestwick, Ayrshire, about 30 miles from Glasgow. The club is easily accessible by car via the A77 and A78 roads. Prestwick also has a train station with regular services from Glasgow and other major Scottish cities.