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Birthplace of the Open Championship, the historic Prestwick Golf Club is one of the oldest along Scotland’s golf-rich West Coast. It was formed in 1851 when founding members managed to poach Old Tom Morris from St Andrews to create its first course and then convinced him to remain on as clubmaker and head greenkeeper. Morris’ course was a twelve-hole links on tight terrain, sandwiched between the club’s present southern boundary and a stone wall beside its 3rd green. His holes zigzagged around dense dunes and crossed in and out of deep dells with most of the approach play blind and dangerous. Despite its shortcomings the course hosted the first twelve ‘British’ Opens and provided the framework for the full eighteen-hole layout which was created in 1883. Though only the famous Alps hole resembles any of the original twelve, several iconic features were retained including the massive Cardinal and Sahara bunkers as well as at least seven greens. Prestwick later fell from the Open Rota because of problems handling the championships increasing crowds, but its full course was an immediate success and remains one of the quirkiest and most enjoyable links on the planet.