Prestwick Country Club
Designed in the classic Scottish tradition, our masterful six-million dollar creation by Pete and P.B. Dye surrounds a sparkling 20 acre freshwater lake, bordered on the west by a 20,000 square foot colonial clubhouse.
The front nine winds through a pine forest in the manner reminiscent of the world famous Dye-designed Harbourtown Golf Course. Only 1/4 mile away from the ocean, the back nine is a more open layout similar to Dye's PGA West course and play is influenced by the prevailing ocean wind.
Prestwick features 8 holes where water comes into play.
Over 1.3 million cubic yards of earth were moved in creating towering Scottish berms, stairway and church pew bunkers, and undulating greens. In addition, more than 10,000 railroad ties were used to create another classic Dye design. Dramatic elevation changes ranging up to thirty feet add an exceptional feature to this coastal location.
Prestwick has been recognized as one of South Carolina's top golf courses and remains enjoyable with extremely limited non-member play and great year-round course conditioning.
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|Championship M: 74.9/140||383||448||470||340||195||522||446||246||537||3587||398||412||529||152||451||386||199||531||441||3499||7086|
|Blue M: 73.5/135||362||427||458||319||183||491||416||211||507||3374||388||400||520||144||431||365||188||515||419||3370||6744|
|White M: 71.6/132||341||387||444||305||164||459||384||193||486||3163||373||344||504||135||409||350||174||499||396||3184||6347|
|Green M: 69.3/125||318||358||403||290||135||435||333||163||454||2889||349||318||478||118||381||332||153||472||373||2974||5863|
|Red W: 70.5/126||302||307||357||234||108||415||296||136||423||2578||319||269||450||83||343||312||115||405||336||2632||5210|
|Tan W: 68.0/115||235||302||293||232||98||374||248||131||366||2279||259||264||416||73||276||241||111||400||305||2345||4624|
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Prestwick Golf & Country Club, hole 9 Photo submitted by TimGavrichGA on 07/10/2020
Prestwick Golf & Country Club, hole 15 Photo submitted by TimGavrichGA on 07/10/2020
9th hole Photo submitted by 83dmayo on 05/10/2020
Photo submitted by u000004032617 on 03/21/2017
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Nine Photo submitted by u000004032617 on 03/21/2017
Bunker on right side of nine green Photo submitted by u000004032617 on 03/21/2017
Number 9 at Prestwick. Photo submitted by u000001987888 on 07/10/2013
One Of The Best Values But Not A 5 Star Course
When we were planning our courses to play on our vacation, we were intrigued that Prestwick was getting a 4.9 rating and the best golf course in the Myrtle Beach area by Golf Advisor. We decided to give it a try. We liked the course and it had an extremely attractive price of $62. However, it is not a 5 star course..
At Prestwick, you will get 12 holes with a modern architect look and 6 bland holes. After the 10th hole, holes 11-18 are outstanding. On the front nine, the memorable holes are 2, 4, 5 & 9. The condition of the course and greens were good. There is no GPS on the carts.
Here were some of the concerns we experienced at Prestwick...
1. The cart attendant said their greens were the fastest greens on the Grand Strand, running a stimp of 11. This was not true..
2. The cart attendant told us to go to the practice area and whenever you're ready, you can go off early. He never mentioned there was a starter. In the middle of the 1st fairway, the starter is chasing us down asking what we were doing.
3. On the first 3 holes, the mowers forgot to replace the 150 yard poles.
4. On our first 4 holes, we had a maintenance person who had a cart with a leaf/pine needle blower attached to it. He kept following us on every hole. It was so loud and ruined the experience on the opening holes. Suggestion, would be to start on the back side first or do this before people tee off.
5.They overwater the areas around the green or their drainage is poor. It was like quick sand. No balls would roll up or your ball would be plugged and you may not find it.
6. On the greens, you would see numerous old cup areas. Most I've ever seen on a course.
By far the worst experience at any golf course I have been to. Honestly, it was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had with any type of business. As a group of four we had one of the first tee times of the day. From what I observed all the groups to follow us were only groups of two. As a group of four, obviously we would take more time to play and we understood that and that’s why we allowed several groups to pass us without any complain. That was no problem at all we were there to enjoy a round of golf as a family. What was complete unacceptable was the rude starter who stalked and hassled us the entire time we were there. Shortly after starting our round the starter approached us for the first time stating “I’m sorry to tell you this, but other golfers are calling the pro store complaining about your pace. I can’t really say anything though, because y’all are within the time of play.” We stated we understood we were a group of four that had never played this course before and with two fairly inexperience golfers that were had no problem letting people pass us if they would like. We let the group behind us pass at this point. Not two holes later the starter approaches us again with the same statement as before. Again, we let people pass, but this time we let several groups pass. As we continued, if we saw a group was close to us we would let them play through as we didn’t want to hold them up. About the eight or ninth hole, the starter approached us again, but this time he became completely unacceptability rude and disrespectful. We had been playing for about 2 ½ hours, which I get is outside the timeframe of pace for this course, but we had let at least 5 groups pass at this point which slowed our pace down as well. The started made a comment about our pace and demanded we wait at the clubhouse after our ninth hole to let two more groups pass. Obviously, we had no problem doing this, but the way in which he spoke to us was totally disrespectful. He told me that he personally saw me tee off three times. This was untrue. I did tee off twice, because my first ball went into the water. Any golfer would have teed off again in this situation and has the right to do so. He stated “well you just need to drop your ball on the fairway and go.” We explained we had two newest golfers and he stuck his face out in my face and said “ma’am that’s not my problem.” This is where I lost it and couldn’t take anymore. I literally was almost in tears over the way he was talking to me. At this point my experience at this golf course was ruined. We complied with their request to stop at the clubhouse after the ninth house and waited twenty minutes for the next two groups to play through. As we continued to play we notice the starter following us, obviously he had been the entire time to be able to make comments about how many strokes we were taking. Surprisingly enough, the starter did approach us one last time. This time to apologize for his behavior. I apricated that this man recognized that he was wrong for the way he spoke to us, but that doesn’t make up for or excuse his behavior. I also recognize that the people in the pro shop that day were behind this as well. Obviously, this golf course only wants experienced golfers that want to play a quick round of golf. We were there to play, rest, and enjoy our time while on vacation. This is far from what actually occurred. I can honestly say I will never return here or recommend this golf course to anyone.
Solid, underrates Myrtle Beach layout
I'm a shameless fan of Pete Dye's to the point where I find even his "minor" courses compelling to the point of thinking they're underrated. That's the case with Prestwick, which is listed as a collaboration between Dye and his son, P.B. My late-June visit found the course in very good shape, with the greens just about perfect - smooth and fast enough to get your attention without being out-of-control. Good thing, too, because the layout of the course sneaks up on you repeatedly with the typical menu of Dye challenges: angled fairways and greens, deep bunkering, railroad ties and a handful of DO-NOT-GO-HERE spots that seem easy to avoid until you find yourself buffaloed.
Dye courses test a golfer's brain as much as anything, and that's why they're inscrutable to some, but irresistible to others. Put me in the latter group.
The course was in great shape, fairways and greens were phenomenal! Tough layout for an amateur, but fun. The only negative I would say is really the same thing I have with most courses, the price is steap! The game still caters to money players and membership, with cathedral club houses and off-course amenities! Golfers like myself who love "the game", could never play this course regularly.
Favorite course at Myrtle Beach
Prestwick checks all the boxes - great course layout, great shape, courteous employees, rangers keep it moving, beautiful clubhouse, and good food/drink in the clubhouse. Next trip to Myrtle, make sure this one is on your list to play!
the past reviews of Prestwick did not steer us in the wrong direction..our group absolutely loved the course. the greens yes were tricky but they putted sooo smooth and fast. course was in great shape, good collections of holes, lots of rangers driving around monitoring pace which is appreciated. def must play if you are in MB
From the moment we arrived at the course we felt welcomed. The pro shop and starter were as friendly as it gets. The course is in fabulous condition. It has some very challenging holes and the layout is top notch. The greens were punched 2 weeks prior to our playing and although not perfect they rolled really well wit plenty of speed. Would definitely play again.
Great Value and GREAT Back 9
Played master's Sunday ahead of Tiger's big win. 1st two groups off the back and played in 1.5 hours.
the front nine was a bit slower as expected.
Back nine is what made the course for me, each hole is great. Front is a bit more pedestrian, but still worth the time.
Greens fees were modest compared to other courses we played. $88 on a Sunday morning works for me for a course this good.
Tough, Tough Greens
Had never played this course, so wanted to try it. It was a real test...especially the greens! I have played a lot of courses around the country, and this course had some of the fastest greens on which I've ever played! They were extremely tough--very fast, subtle undulations, and easily 3-putt territory. My first round was so bad, I played a second round to help boost my ego. Was able to shave 8 strokes off, but still not to my expectations score wise. The course is very nicely manicure, a nice variety of hole designs, in great shape, and the staff is extremely accommodating. I will try it again to see if I can "master" the challenge.
Nice layout, course in good shape, starters, rangers, nice. Restaurant, service and food good. Tough, challenging greens, rolling hills, a tough test of golf. Jason, in the pro shop, very friendly. Was windy, the day our group played, making the course play tough.
Hidden Gem in MB
Great Pete Dye layout. Need to think you way around the course. Conditions very good. Greens were some of the best I have played in Myrtle Beach area. Highly recommend playing here.
Very challenging course, large greens
This is a very challenging course, your must pick correct tees or you will have a long tough day. Layout will take you through your bag with most all of your clubs, several par 4's over 400 yards from the white tees! Rough is penal in many areas around course, driving it in the fairways will serve you well. Pace of play was very good, less than 4 hours.
Favorite Course in Myrtle Beach
This is a great course with lots of challenging holes but opportunities to score. It has holes that are pretty open and others that are narrow. Staff is very friendly and seem to enjoy having you on the course. Recommend this course as a must for those traveling to Myrtle Beach for golf.
A true test
Prestwick is a Dye special. There is plenty of trouble around the greens. The course offers many different sets of tee's. Prestwick is a challenging course, but when it dry's out it can be one of the toughest courses in the area. A top 5 pick on the grand strand.
Great course very challenging in great shape greens run fast and true. Great service!
Nice course..not one of Pete Dyes best.
Played for the first time and was not overly impressed with the staff or the club house. The course was very nice and a playable layout when played from the proper tees. Rough was dried out after the frost from the week before. Greens were slow. I would like to return under better conditions but hope the staff are more accommodating and friendly considering it is a public facility.
Nice course painfully slow play
It was a cold day there had been a frost delay and our noon tee time was pushed back to 12:30..No big deal. But 5:15 to play was painful.....
Pro shop Staff was indifferent they certainly didn't make you feel at home or even welcome.
Layout was nice fairways were generous, rough was dormant so not really a factor, sand was way too fluffy, greens were true, but slow I guess due to the frost and not being cut that day.
Number 9 was a beast playing into a major crosswind (towards the water) ands stay out of the bunkers around that green or you could easily be faced with an impossible shot. Lots of railroad ties. I'm not a huge fan of linksy course but this one was enjoyable.
Very challenging green complexes...
Another top shelf course. I was surprised with the difficulty of the design, particularly around the greens. Plays 3 or 4 shots harder than the TPC of Myrtle Beach, which is quite a challenge. Green complexes are very punishing if you don't hit proper approaches. The greenside grass and sand bunkers can get brutal. Pete Dye is a genius, though sadistic, course architect. Fairways rate an 8, greens an 8 rolling at probably a 8.5 on stimp. I say this is a must play, but do yourself a favor and schedule it later in your trip. I made the mistake of playing this early and on a cold, windy day I struck the ball average and paid big prices numerous times around the greens for missing by just a few yards or mis judging the wind. Don't shoot at pins here unless you're on. Conservative approach shot play with avoid way more doubles than shooting at the pins will yield in birdies here.
Prestwick a Solid Choice
Staff was fine. Don't understand how the staff can affect how some people on here review a golf course. I've never encountered a bad staff. I guess some people expect rose petals to be thrown at their feet as they pull up to the bag drop. Anyhoo, on to what matters. Course is in splendid shape tee to green. No rough to speak of as it's Feb.so that's an advantage. Front nine was nothing spectacular. Don't let the short 1st hole fool ya this course is a bear with a bunch of 375-400 4's. Nothing special about the front it's the back where the layout gets nice with some pretty holes with forced carries over water. Holes 9+18 were vicious with water running up one side of both and woods on the other side. Some nasty bunkers guard these holes too Greens are huge with some baby elephants buried in them. They are in great shape. It was pretty windy when i played and this course got me on this day but i'll be back to seek revenge.
played in the world Am today. 50 golfers in our flight and only 5 shot their handicap. One of the hardest courses I have played down in and others agreed. However, we all agreed we can't wait to play it again.