A spectacular joint design by Pete and P.B. Dye, Prestwick Country Club is located along the south end of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and has been ranked by Golf Digest among the "5 Best-Kept Secrets in Myrtle Beach." But to those who make it a regular part of their Myrtle Beach golfing experience, Prestwick is anything but a secret – and enjoys a reputation as one of the Grand Strand’s premier golfing destinations.
Proficient ball striking is a must at Prestwick, whose links-inspired design rewards well-placed shots. The back nine, in particular, is among the most stern tests on the Grand Strand golf scene, as the Dyes incorporate waste bunkers, water hazards, swales and dramatic mounding into a creative design that’s equal parts challenging, mentally stimulating and enjoyable. Many view the par 4 14th as Prestwick’s signature hole, with a tee shot requiring a water carry to a landing area that leaves an imposing approach shot to an elevated green. And many others would cite the 9th, 16th and 18th holes as among Prestwick's most challenging and memorable holes.
Collectively, Prestwick's par 3 holes vary in length between 135 and 193 yards from their middle tees. Three of the four par 3s - the 5th, 13th and 16th – feature water carries and offer visual splendor along with significant challenge. With its 4.5-star rating in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play,” it’s small wonder so many vacationing golfers include Prestwick among its “go-to” destinations year after year.
10 by Rick - 09/22/2016
Played Prestwick on Day 1 of the 2016 Myrtle Beach World Am. I have played Prestwick a number of times and it always is a pleasure to play. For a Dye course (Pete and PB) it is definitely playable. The greens were absolutely perfect and for summertime in MB were not slow. They putted true and rolled well. The fairways were in very good shape and most all of the tee boxes were in very good shape. Really no complaints about the course. The staff there is very friendly. Always enjoyable golf at Prestwick.
9 by Steve (Swansea, MA) - 09/10/2016
A very demanding course. Great shape. The greens the best I've encountered down here. The course can humble you. Right when you think your playing some pretty good golf it says stop you're not THAT good.
7 by Tobin - 06/13/2016
Good layout, but very demanding. Greens were thin but true. Probably too difficult for the average player, even from the forward tees. Staff was very good and helpful.
10 by Jim (Long Grove, IL) - 06/11/2016
6 by Craig - 04/27/2016
Maintenance budget must have been cut. Very disappointed. Greens were in horrible shape and very slow. Had played before and was always very pleased.
7 by Pat H - 02/29/2016
Golf course itself was in good but not great condition. Greens were nice and fast even though spraypainted. Tee boxes were in ok shape and fairways were in good shape.
Still one of the better layouts we played and at the end of the day the greens, tee boxes and fairways were consistent.
Staff great as well as very friendly.
8 by Mike (Oneida,NY) - 01/29/2016
Enjoy the golf course. Not a fan of the painted greens, don't seem to roll true. Also, almost every cup is crowned. We had 3 foursomes and everybody experienced putts rolling off to right or left if they reached the cup slowly. They should use a board with a hole in it to cut the cups to prevent crowning. Overall nice course though.
9 by Timothy - 01/06/2016
Prestwick is one of the best in Myrtle. The greens are painted up a bit but very playable. It's one of my favorites. We played after a few days of rain but only 5 holes were cart restricted because it drains very well. The staff was very friendly which helps makes the day pleasant. Some easy holes and some you really need to pay attention. We will be return soon for another round.
9 by Michael (Houston, TX) - 10/22/2015
Course was in great shape. Greens are very challenging and good shots are certainly rewarded. Would recommend this for golfers of all levels.
9 by John - 07/06/2015
Great track, super condition. Greens had been aerated a couple of weeks ago, but recovered nicely and ran fast. The green spray coloring wasn't aesthetically pleasing but frankly didn't affect the experience. Pete Dye is known for his difficult layouts but I didn't think this was as tough as I was led to believe. Facility was very nice as well. Definitely country club caliber. I will return.
South Carolina’s Grand Strand has two of the most famous surnames attached to five of its golf options. Pete and P.B. Dye each have a layout in Myrtle Beach, and they joined forces, so to speak, on a third. Meanwhile, famed designer Tom Fazio left his footprint with two of the relative newcomers to the Myrtle Beach golf scene.
Only an ace can top the single-hole joy of pulling off an eagle. Do it on a par 5, and all of a sudden you’re happy enough to bypass protocol and buy the next round in the clubhouse anyway. Executing three consecutive great shots isn’t easy. But after hundreds of rounds along South Carolina’s Grand Strand, we’ve pinpointed some of our favorite opportunities for shaving two strokes off and finding a type of bliss that will put an exclamation point on a trip to any of these courses.
To get a taste of the game in the British Isles, you can go to Myrtle Beach. You may not get the cold wind off the Atlantic, and the Guinness might not be as authentic after the round, but it doesn’t take much to imagine you’re traversing the linksland where the game came of age at places like these Grand Strand designs.