The Open Championship is the greatest golf
tournament of all with the first championship being held at
Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1860. The following
eleven championships were also staged at Prestwick until 1873
when St Andrews played host. Over the years a number of the
other great links courses in the UK have been added to the
Open circuit such as Muirfield, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, Royal
Birkdale and Turnberry to name but a few.
Up until 1870, golfers used to play for
"The Belt" until it was won by Tom Morris Jnr in
three consecutive years from 1868 - 1870 and therefore The
Belt became his property. Now it is the famous Claret Jug
that golfers from all over the world strive to get their hands
on and achieve their lifetime dream of becoming The Open Champion.