We visit Prestwick Country Club on this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand. This Pete and P.B. Dye design is one of our favorite golf courses to play. Yes it is hard. Yes the Dye’s place bunkers in places no sane golf course designer would even think of. Yes the greens are firm and incredibly fast. And yes it is a fantastic golf course that is fun to play and will make golfers use every club in the bag. That is why we like it so much and play it again and again.
There are a few really good holes on the front nine at Prestwick. It starts with the par 4 2nd hole. This 387 yard (white tees) slight dog-leg left is the No.1 handicap hole on the course. A deep bunker guards the tee shots on the left with trees on the right. The approach shot is as tough as they come. Trees and bunkers short and right protect an elevated green that is not very deep. A precise iron shot is required to get on the putting surface.
The par 3 5th hole is a great hole. Water running down the left makes the large green look kind of small. The 165 yard tee shot demands proper club selection as there is a huge shelf running through the middle of the putting surface sloping to the left. A miss here can lead to a tough putt up the slope to the hole.
The 6th hole is a classic country club par 5. A shortish 459 yard slight dog-leg right leaves the golfers licking their chops on the tee box. A very wide landing area allow for an aggressive tee shot. The approach is a different story. The fairway narrows as it gets closer to the green that is protected short right by a deep bunker. The smart play is to lay up to a wedge shot into the green to have a chance at birdie.
As far as finishing holes to a side, the par 5 9th hole at Prestwick is as good as it gets. A lake runs the entire length of the hole down the left hand side. It is 486 from the tee but it is most definitely a 3-shot hole. Hit a great tee shot to the right hand side to set up a long second shot to set up a short iron or wedge for the approach to a smaller green that is well guardedby bunkers and mounds. The putting surface is as well guarded as golfers will find of the beach. Par is a good score in this hole.
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