History at Prestwick dates back over 160 years at a time when golf was in its infancy.  In 1851, a group of 57 enthusiastic members, who met regularly at the Red Lion Inn, made the momentous decision to form a golf club purchasing two cottages opposite the tavern.  A simple stone cairn to the west of Prestwick’s clubhouse marks the spot where the first Open Championship tee shot was struck in 1860.
It identifies the opening hole of the original 12-hole course and the place where modern golfing history began.

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