Here’s a vote for Prestwick Country Club as Myrtle Beach’s Most Underrated Golf Course.

Sure, its a 4.5-star course, according to Golf Digest, but Prestwick manages to hide in plain site.

Located in just south of Myrtle Beach International Airport, Prestwick is easily accessible from anywhere along the Grand Strand, but thats not why you want to play.

This is a rock-solid golf course. Challenging, beautiful, great greens and, did I mention, challenging?

You have to play this P.B. Dye design. The course is strong throughout, but Prestwick starts to shine on the 305-yard (from the white tees), par 4 fourth hole. With water in front of the green, its not drivable but a devilish green makes the short approach a delicate one.

The fifth hole, 164-yard par 3 with a stream that meanders from tee-to- green, requires muscle and more than a little nerve.

The opening nine concludes with a par 5 universally regarded as one of Myrtle Beachs best  but whatever you do, dont end up in the bunker over the green.

Enjoyable as the first nine holes are, Prestwick is at its best coming home. Beginning with the par 3, 13th , which requires a carry over water, the layout is unforgettable. The courses final three holes  the par 3 16 th , par 5 17 th and par 4 18 th  comprise a closing stretch that is one of the best coastal South Carolina has to offer.

Here are our Prestwick Awards:

  • Best Hole: Close call but the vote here is the for the ninth which has water running from tee to green along the left side and an anxiety inducing approach to a green flanked by bunkers. Its an outstanding hole and one person in your group will likely be brought to his knees  just make sure its not you.
  • Hardest Hole: The par 5 17th is a bear, playing 499-yards from the white tee with watering running along the left side before eventually crossing in front of the green. Its long, water threatens, and the approach is all carry. Get away with bogey or better here, and its win.
  • Most Nerve-Wracking Shot: Going to go with the tee shot on the par 3 fifth. Its relatively long at 164 yards from the white tees and there is little margin for error.
  • What you’ll remember: The experience in its totality will leave you wondering why it took you so long to get to play Prestwick and when you can book your next round. At the risk of being hyperbolic, Prestwick is the type of layout that makes Myrtle Beach the games most attractive destination: outstanding golf course, great value and a professional staff, led by PGA head pro Jay Smith, that is committed to providing a quality experience.

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