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When and Where Was the First British Open Played?

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Question: When and Where Was the First British Open Played?

Answer:

The first British Open was played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland.

Prestwick was a 12-hole course that had been shaped by Old Tom Morris, who was the club's greenskeeper at the time of the 1860 British Open.

Golfers at the first Open played the Prestwick course three times for a total of 36 holes.

All play took place in one day, Oct. 17, 1860.

Amateurs were not allowed to enter the first Open, and professional golfers were not common at this time, so that first field included only eight golfers.

See also:
How many golfers played in the first British Open?
Who won the first British Open?

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