On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we take a look at how to play the front nine at Prestwick Country Club. This Pete and P.B. Dye design is one of the best challenges of golf along the Grand Strand. Tree lined fairways, fairway bunkers, rolling fairways and lightning fast greens are the main attractions of the golf course. They make it a wonderful challenge for golfers of all ages and ability levels.
The first hole is a short but challenging hole. The tee shot needs to be down the right hand side of the fairway in order to have a good angle into the very narrow green. A driver is not necessary as placement is more important than length. Be sure to take enough club when hitting the approach shot to be sure to carry the front bunker.
Up next is the number 1 handicap hole on the entire course. The 387 yard par 4 (from the white tees) is a challenge from tee to green. A wide deep fairway bunker guards the left side of the fairway and mounds and O.B. markers run along the right. As we approach the green the trouble is all along the right side of the very narrow fairway. A huge waste bunker with trees along it runs from about 140 yards out all the way to the green. The putting surface is elevated and multi-tiered. Hitting the proper part of the green is key to having any chance of not facing a 3 putt.
The 4th hole is another short but demanding par 4. A sloping fairway that leads to an approach shot over water to a big, round green makes for a nerve tester to be sure. But with a good tee shot there is a real chance at birdie here.
The par 3 5th hole provides a real test of iron play. Two mounds with bunkers right of the green and a huge slope running down the middle of the putting surface sloping severely left makes it tough to find a good place to hit the tee shot to. Par is a very good score.The par 5 6th hole is a real good chance at birdie. A wide, welcoming fairway until it narrows near the green allows for agressive tee shot and second shots. A good 3rd will set up golfers for a chance at birdie. Higher than par on this hole is a disappointment.
No.8 is a long par 3 that always plays longer than the yardage says. Even with the yardage at 191 it still plays longer. The green is huge and is guarded short by two sand traps. Be sure to take plenty of club and swing away. Be happy with par on this hole.
The 9th hole is a fantastic par 5. Water runs the length of the hole on the left hand side as we come back to the clubhouse. Mounds and fairway bunkers run the left side of the fairway. A good second shot is needed to set up a short iron or wedge for an approach that looks very small. Deep pot bunkers and mounds guard the right side of the putting surface with water left. As tempting as it is to be agressive and go for birdie, smart golfers are happy to walk away with par.
Fore more information about this great golf course or to make a tee time visit the website www.prestwickcountryclub.com