We visit one of the best courses located in the heart of Myrtle Beach on this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand. Prestwick Country Club is located just minutes from downtown and even closer than that to Myrtle Beach International Airport. It is a great golf course designed by Pete and P.B. Dye. The challenge is great for golfers of all ages and ability levels. We are going to take a look at playing the back 9. As usual we look at this from the perspective of an amateur golfer, because that is what we are. Prestwick Country Club is a course that is demanding off the tee box. It also provides a true test when it comes to the green complexes and putting surfaces. Prestwick has possibly the fastest green on the beach.
The 10th hole is a longish par 4 that has a very narrow fairway guarded by mounds and trees on both sides. The right hand side also has out-of-bounds lurking if the tee shot goes too far right. Less than driver is recommended to keep the ball in the fairway. The putting surface is slightly elevated with runoff collection areas front right and behind the green. An accurate approach shot is very important or a big number awaits.
One of the best short par 3s on the Grand Strand is the 13th hole. At 135 yards it is not the distance that is the challenge, it is the water that has to be carried all the way from tee to green that will test golfers nerves. Pay attention to the wind and pin placement for a chance to make birdie. The green has a severe slop from back to front so being sure to hit the proper level is important. So take a deep breath and swing away!
Up next is the tough par 4 14th hole. The tee shot is over water to an elevated fairway with out-of-bounds right. Once in the fairway, be sure to take enough club to carry the front right bunker and land on the large, flat green. The large putting surface provides a good opportunity to make a putt.
The 17th hole is a long, winding par 5 with a creek that snakes down the left-hand side of the fairway until it crosses the fairway just in front of the narrow green. This hole requires a smart layup for the second shot to set up a wedge to the green on the approach. Sounds easy but the fairway narrows as the creek crosses over and makes for a bit of a nervous layup.
The 18th hole is one of the best finishing holes in all of Myrtle Beach. A par 4 with a lake all down the right side of the hole and mounds and fairway bunkers to the left of the fairway makes for a spectacular view. In addition the massive clubhouse is in the background just beyond the green to the right. Once in the fairway the approach shot is fairly straightforward. Be wary of the water on the right, but other than that aim for the middle of the green and go for it. It is a good hole to finish with a chance for a birdie or par.