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Prestwick Country Club
Ocean Lakes’ Guests Play Our Sister Company, Prestwick, for the Best Rate in Town!
This award winning Pete and P.B. Dye masterpiece is located 1 mile from Ocean Lakes Family Campground. Nestled in the heart of the Myrtle Beach golf mecca, sits prestigious Prestwick Country Club. Prestwick has the look and feel of a private club, but is open to the public. The course was designed by Pete & P.B. Dye and includes some of the most beautifully sculpted holes in the area, featuring outstanding Scottish berms, deep pot bunkers and rolling greens. This Par 72 beauty plays over 7000 yards from the Black Tees, but Prestwick has 6 sets of tees to fit every golfer’s game.
How Do I Get the Best Rate?
Ocean Lakes’ guests simply need to visit our Recreation Office! Guests often receive discounts of 40-60% off the daily walk-in rate when when you book as an OLFC guest (depending on the season and tee time availability). Our teammates will help you select a tee time once you arrive at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, for details stop in or call (843) 238-0130.
Prestwick Country Club opened in 1989 as a private club. A division of The Jackson Companies, many of our guests may not realize that Prestwick was found by the same family that created Ocean Lakes, the Jackson family. It was a collaboration design by renowned architect Pete Dye and his son, PB. At the course opening in 1989, PGA Tour players Jay Don Blake-Gil Morgan-Scott Verplank-Keith Clearwater played in a skins game. Joining them on the opening round were amateur Billy Jo Patton, Pete Dye, Alice Dye and PB Dye. The Gatlin Brothers lived at Prestwick and used to put on a charity golf tournament annually.
Multiple pros have played the course over the years. Senior and PGA tour player Leonard Thompson lived on property and was the Golf Director in the 1990’s. In 1996 it transitioned into a semi-private club accepting package and walk in play on a daily basis. In January 2016, Prestwick become a totally public golf course. There are no restrictions on tee times as there had been in the past.
During the year we do many charity golf tournament as well as sections events. In 2016 we will host a Carolinas Golf Association senior event, the Myrtle beach World amateur, and the Father-Son Championship to name a few. We also are the home of the local high school, Socastee High School. The Boys and Girls teams both play at Prestwick and host matches. We also host a fundraiser for their teams to raise money to pay for equipment, clothing, and registration fees throughout the year. For Junior golf, we will be hosting the Horry County Chapter for the Hootie and the Blowfish Junior Chapter in July of 2016.
About The Prestwick Course
When Prestwick first opened, the greens where Tifdwarf Bermuda. In 2012, the course was closed for three months and the greens were changed to tifEagle Bermuda which greatly enhanced the putting surface. Our superintendent has the ability to speed the greens up as much as he desires or to slow them down as he desires. Overall the putting surface has greatly improved. As well as the greens changeover in 2012, there were bunker renovations done as well as tee box renovations. The Prestwick clubhouse was renovated as well. The entire second floor underwent a complete renovation.
In the future we continue to upgrade our irrigation system and will be working on cart paths. Regular maintenance of greens, bunkers and tees will continue on a daily basis. The Golf Pros agree, Prestwick has the best greens.
From the back tees the course measures, 7086 with a course rating of 74.6 and slope of 140.
The course record is held by Tom Gillis, a former Coastal Carolina University player and PGA Tour player. The score of 61 from the back tees.
Architects: Pete & P.B. Dye
Head Golf Professional: Jay Smith
Course Superintendent: Paul Kaufman
Holes: 18 – Tour the Prestwick Course
Yardage – 7086
Rating – 74.7
Slope – 138
Head Golf Professional
Jay Smith attended Coastal Carolina University and played on the CCU golf team from 1988-1992 before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Jay was elected to PGA Membership in October 1995. He began his career at Blackmoor Golf Club prior to accepting the position as head golf professional at Prestwick Country Club in 1999. Jay was named the area’s “Golf Professional of the Year” by the Myrtle Beach Herald in 2009.
Clinics and Lessons by the Pros
The PGA professionals at Prestwick Country Club have clinics and lessons available for everyone, no matter your skill level. Individual lessons are available by appointment and can be on the range or on the course. Lessons are tailored to suit your needs. To arrange a lesson, call the pro shop at 843-293-4100 or contact us here.
Food & Beverage Director Steve Abel and award-winning Executive Chef, Emory Morefield work closely together to provide exemplary service for Prestwick’s golfers. Golfers should plan their outing to include a stop into the restaurant at Prestwick before and /or after their round. This team is dedicated to coordinating flawless events and strive to exceed expectations.
Prestwick Country Club is located at 1001 Links Road in Myrtle Beach off Highway 544 just west of Ocean Lakes’ main entrance. For more information visit www.prestwickcountryclub.com or call (888) 250-1767 or (843) 293-4100.
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