Prestwick offers three great golf courses, great places to eat out and accommodation perfect for golfers.
Where to Play....
But first we start with the courses and the most famous of them all, Prestwick Golf Club.
The Club extends a warm welcome to all golfers from around the world wishing to come and enjoy this testing traditional Links. One of the oldest golf clubs in the world, Prestwick Golf Club inaugurated the first Open Championship in 1860. The winner was Willie Park from Musselburgh with a score of 174 for 36 Holes, two shots clear of Tom Morris the Keeper of Prestwick’s green.
Prestwick was home for the first 11 Championships and then held it jointly with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St.Andrews and with The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Prestwick's 24th and last Championship was in 1925 when Jim Barnes from the USA won. Only the Old Course at St Andrews has now hosted more Open Championships than Prestwick.
Prestwick Golf Club is a relaxed and friendly club that enjoys welcoming golfers from all around the world. Visitors are encouraged to use their temporary membership to its full capacity, and enjoy the full lunch in the historic Dining Room or a snack in the relaxed Cardinal Room.
Next up on the list is Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club.
A warm welcome awaits you at Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club, a traditional Scottish links golf course established in 1851 and now occupying a prime position on the shores of the Firth of Clyde on Scotland’s west coast.
The course and Club are steeped in history – indeed one of its founder members was Old Tom Morris who was based in Prestwick prior to returning to St Andrews and his place in golfing legend.
The splendid clubhouse sits yards from the shoreline which is lapped by waters warmed by the Gulf Stream and the manicured course offers year round golf on a firm and generally frost-free footing.
Testing your golfing skills on these fine links and enjoying our dining and bar facilities as the sun sets over Arran, with Ailsa Craig in the distance, are experiences not to be missed.
The third course in Prestwick lies inland, Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club was
originally located a mile or so to the north, Prestwick St. Cuthbert Golf Club removed to their existing course in 1963 to make way for the development of Prestwick Airport.
Giving the J.R. Stutt designed course an auspicious opening was an exhibition match between John Panton, Eric Brown, Dai Rees and Peter Alliss - a truly wonderful fourball.
Since then a lot has happened to make this parkland course live up to its promising start. Thousands of trees planted have reached maturity and with some creative and opportunistic mounding (thanks to nearby developments) the course has acquired a very attractive character. Prestwick St Cuthbert now has an enviable reputation as a fabulous mature Parkland course, with picturesque fairways, challenging layout and excellent greens.
No surprise then that they find themselves ever more popular as a venue for county and regional championships as well as increasing numbers of visitors who enjoying playing there.
There are two great places that are a must when eating out in Prestwick. The ultra cool Elliots, that also offers some great nightlife at the weekends or Lido which is a smaller but equally as vibrant venue.
Elliots is Prestwick’s original day-to-night destination, Elliots is renowned for delicious informal dining, drinking and dancing in impeccably cool surroundings.
Of course, looks aren’t everything. This glamorous interior is matched by seasonally inspired menus, extensive drinks list & many seriously affordable offers.
There could be no better start to the day than morning coffee and a homemade cake fresh from the Bakehouse, while Afternoon Tea out on the Terrace is a perfectly sweet way to spend a few hours. Evolving as the day progresses, their restaurant is suited to everything from light lunch to special occasion celebrations, although if you fancy a burger and cocktails in the main bar after a game of golf they will gladly oblige!
Lido Prestwick is sure to turn heads and set tongues wagging with its buzzing open-plan kitchen and casual, continental design.
They have a delicious new Mediterranean-influenced menu, with authentic pizzas from the wood-burning stove, the ever-popular spicy marinated chicken from the Churrasco Grill and heavenly patisseries from their Bakehouse.
When it comes to drinks, they have an extensive wine list, cocktails from an award winning bar team and a refreshing selection of craft beers and crisp continental lagers.
Serving everything from expertly poured coffee and working lunches through to moreish sharing plates, Lido Prestwick is already a firm favourite with families and night owls alike.
Where To Stay.....
The Carlton Hotel is ideally situated in Prestwick, Ayrshire. Within 5 minutes of Prestwick Airport and 45 minutes of Glasgow International Airport, this makes the hotel an ideal base or stop over for every travel opportunity, business or leisure.
The hotel is within a short driving distance of many Championship golf courses. The Birthplace of Open Golf, the area boasts a unique collection of classic links golf courses, including three Open Championship Courses - Prestwick, Royal Troon just ten minutes away and Turnberry just half an hour.
The Carlton combines a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with a streamlined, contemporary interior, and boasts landscaped gardens, a terrace and alfresco dining areas. Fresh, modern accommodation is provided within the 39 guest bedrooms. All of which provide full en-suite facilities, free wifi, plasma TV’s and hot beverage-making facilities. Its a great base for golfers in Ayrshire.
The Parkstone is a 30-bedroomed hotel situated on Prestwick seafront, with spectacular views from the restaurant and lounge over the island of Arran and towards the Mull of Kintyre. All rooms are ensuite with TV, telephone, toiletries, hospitality and hairdryer.
The Hotel is an ideal base for golfers. Prestwick Golf Club is adjacent to the Hotel and Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club a short walk along the seafront. The Open Championship courses of Royal Troon and Turnberry are 10 minutes and 25 minutes by car. There are numerous courses, both links and parkland, within the greater Ayrshire district.
For more information on golf in Ayrshire, please visit www.ayrshiregolfscotland.com