5 reviews of Prestbury Golf Club
Returned to play Prestbury in May 2016 and am pleased to say it was much improved.
The course generally had a much better definition to it, and greens ran quick and true for the time of year. My only criticism would be that no improvements have been made with regards bunkers - cheap sand full of stones, with some bunkers full of sand, others hardly any in them.
Without question a better experience for having played it a year before - the first time visitor will struggle I suspect.
Off course, little change. Courteous enough, but not overly friendly.
Played Prestbury with much anticipation on a lovely day in August '15 having heard rave reviews about the course.
I have to say overall I was left disappointed. This was possibly because my expectations were simply too high, I'm not sure.
The course itself is a reasonable layout, and as has been said by previous posters, holes are very individual. For me though, too many blind holes for first time visitors to enjoy, and I think a yardage book / range finder is a must. I like to visualise a hole in front of me and too often I found myself hitting more in hope than belief off the tee.
The greens ran true, but were very much two paced. In a group with a highest handicap of 9, none of us mastered them and became increasingly frustrated at leaving putts short on one hole, then racing them 8 feet by on the next.
Pin placements were also odd. Stroke 1, a rather odd hole all round we thought, was a good example. A very large, undulating green, with the pin perched on a very small ledge that you simply could not get to. Two of our group pitched the ball on the level required, one a plus 1 handicapper, only to see their ball catch the slope 3 yards behind the flag, pick up momentum and roll 30 feet back down the green and 20 yards off it down the hill. A similar problem was experienced on 16.
The par 3s are all very weak, in fact I'd describe them all as poor. Three or four really nice holes in fairness, 12 probably the pick of them.
Fairways were ok but lacked real definition, tee beds generally okay, bunkers on some of the less accessible holes were awful, 11 being a case in point. It just struck me as being a bit scruffy in places for a supposedly prestigious venue.
Off course, no real complaints, I'd say staff were courteous as opposed to friendly, but were fine.
I don't like writing negative reviews, and as I say I appear in the minority with my thoughts. I wouldn't discourage anyone from going to play the course, but I would suggest lowering expectations on the quality of presentation. I'd certainly not describe it as a "gem", but it's by no means a dog.
This is a fabulous course. 4 captains playing with handicaps varying from 8 to 24 on a rather damp day. We all loved it. Every hole has its own individual features and challenges with no two holes the same. Greens and whole course were immaculate (although heavy rain had compacted bunkers - not greenstaff's fault!)
par 3s each very challenging and hanging terraced greens make approach shots throughout round 'make or break'.
Pint in clubhouse afterwards meant we met very friendly staff, interested in conversation. Don't worry about price - pay up and love your game!
Played in aseniors match at Prestbury last week. The course is phenomenal. It is well manicured,tees are good the fairways excellent and the greens superb. Above all else every hole is different and accordingly pose different challenges- its a thinking mans course. Do not go there if you cannot hit the ball straight off the tee as there are trees and bunkers strategically placed on every hole. The joy of the course also is that once you are on your way you rarely see other golfers. Its pricey but well worth a visit. The members were very welcoming and the clubhouse is excellent. It is pleasing to visit acourse which maintains standards of dress and etiquette
As quoted by Golf Monthly in August 99 "this is a hidden gem!"
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