3 reviews of Prestonfield Golf Club
Last in our Scottish mini Tour and a lovelly course to finnish with.
Starts with four holes on the side of a slight hill and finnishes with four holes on the same hill side. The rest of the holes are on the flat but think that they are boring far from it, there are no two holes alike. The par 4s and par 5s are all quite strong and the par 3s are well bunkered. The course was in great condition except some water damage on the flat part of the course caused by last year bad wet summer.
Overall a good place to go at the end of a tour.
Played prestonfield yesterday, 12/7/11 on a glorious sunny Edinburgh day. I played a round with a couple of friends who haven't been playing for that long, so the course was ideal.
Fairly flat and generally very forgiving off the tee (you don't get punished too much for a high sliced driver!). The rough wasn't too long either, so most of the time you had a decent lie. Greens were in top condition, fairly fast and rolling true.
Most of the par 3's were fairly typical, about 7-9 iron, but most greens were guarded with plenty of bunkers, so still provided a good challenge. There were several quite long par 4's where you have to drive it well and straight or you'll struggle to find par.
It was a nice and still day for us - I don't know if Arthur's Seat generally protects the course from the winds as I've only played there once - whether or not that is true - it's still a magnificent sight to look up at.
Clubhouse was a lovely building and the staff were very helpful when we asked about membership fees (both of my friends were very interested and impressed by the course) and the drinks were well priced too.
Overall a lovely course, I will definitely go back to play it again!
This is a fairly flat parkland course. It is generally bordered by trees and many fairways have trees down one side or the other. The 2 par 5's are fairly sraightforward 3 shotters. the 4 par 3's consist of 3 of about 150 yards and 1 of about 170 yards. The par 4's are of various lengths but there are 5 of over 430 yards which can prove a real test of your shotmaking ability. The greens are fairly small although some are two tiered which can test your putting stroke if you are on the wrong level.
the main difficulty at Prestonfield is the second cut of rough which is approx 2 to 3 inches and generally causes you to simply pitch back to the fairway - invariably a shot lost. The successful player at the course will be those who can keep the ball straight and therefore be playing from the short stuff.
The clubhouse has been recently refurbished and is therefore in excellent condition with ample room. The bar/dining area on the first floor looks directly towards Arthur's Seat and on a clear day you can see walkers hiking up it. A fantastic view.
Overall a good and tough course with excellent facilities which is well worth playing.
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