No 17 – Prestwick

Old Tom moved his young family to Prestwick on the west coast of Scotland in 1851. He laid out and cared for the original 12-hole course at Prestwick GC, with the venue hosting the first Open Championship in 1860. The final six holes were added in 1883, well after Morris returned to St. Andrews in 1864. Six of his original greens are still in play. An exceptional course, while quirky at times, you rarely leave Prestwick without a smile. Packed with blind shots – the 17th ‘Alps’ is a prime example – driveable par-4s, huge bunkers and slick greens, it’s a lesson in golf course design and one to savour.