Prestbury – A golf course with a pedigree

Prestbury‭, ‬as part of the golden triangle‭, ‬is referred to as one of the poshest villages in the UK‭. ‬A beautifully quaint little village that now has a host of footballers and celebrities living‭  ‬there‭, ‬the area is becoming‭ ‬the place to live‭. ‬But is the golf club there the place to play golf‭?‬

Prestbury golf course was founded in the 1920s and was designed by Harry Colt‭, ‬designer of Muirfield‭, ‬Royal Lytham and St‭. ‬Anne’s‭, ‬Sunningdale New Course‭, ‬St George’s Hill‭, ‬the Eden Course at St‭. ‬Andrews‭, ‬Wentworth‭ (‬East and West Courses‭), ‬Rye and Royal Portrush to name just a few‭. ‬The area for the course was picked due to its dramatic and sharp elevation changes‭, ‬and Colt has clearly made the very best of this creating some of the most stunning holes you’ll ever find‭. ‬But be warned‭, ‬these big elevation changes make it a real trek‭, ‬it’s not a course for the unfit‭!‬

It came as a real surprise to me to learn that the course lies on only 90‭ ‬acres of land‭, ‬relatively small for an 18‭ ‬hole course‭,‬‭ ‬but you’d never know this‭, ‬as the course is structured in a way that makes it feel far‭, ‬far bigger‭.‬

The club has hosted many county and national competitions‭, ‬including the English Seniors Championship and Open Championship Regional Qualifying‭. ‬In 2020‭, ‬their Centenary year‭, ‬they will be hosting the Reid Trophy‭ (‬English Boys’‭ ‬Under 14’s Championship‭). ‬If you’re a member you will also benefit from reciprocity with 11‭ ‬other great courses‭, ‬including West Lancs and Lindrick‭, ‬via the‭ ‬“passport scheme”‭ ‬and a further selection of courses via the Harry Colt Association‭.‬

Despite the terrible weather we’re currently having‭, ‬we somehow managed to play on a beautifully sunny but cold winters day‭. ‬The course had drained really well‭,‬‭ ‬and with the exception of the 7th and 8th you’d never have guessed we’d had so much rain‭. ‬The greens all rolled fantastically and some of the fairways were as good as I’ve ever played on‭.‬

After a disaster of a round the previous week at Moortown Golf Club I was determined that I would bounce back‭, ‬and opted to play‭ ‬the first few holes with irons to get back in the swing‭. ‬A 459‭ ‬par 5‭ ‬would be seen by some as a good birdie opportunity‭, ‬but when you’re recovering from a shocker‭, ‬you’re just happy to hit fairways again‭! ‬It plays gently down into a valley before rising back up to a generously sized green‭. ‬A nice easy starter hole‭.‬

The par 4‭ ‬5th hole is a great challenge of accuracy‭, ‬a steady drive onto the fairway will leave you 100-120‭ ‬yards into the pin‭, ‬but with the green so narrow‭, ‬elevated up and surrounded by bunkers and trees‭, ‬it’s either land on the green or you’ll be in a world of pain‭. ‬Lefty hit the right of the green and bounced back down the hill finishing with a 6‭. ‬I went slightly over and landed in the rough behind the green and managed to rescue a 5‭. ‬

The 9th hole is the stroke index 1‭, ‬and is well deserving of this ranking‭. ‬The tee gives you incredible views over the course‭, ‬and is a pleasure to tee off from‭. ‬But don’t let its beauty deceive you‭, ‬it’s an incredibly challenging 455‭ ‬yard par 4‭. ‬A very elevated tee shot plays over a brow and if you get enough distance on it‭, ‬it’ll run down the hill into a valley‭, ‬still leaving a‭  ‬big uphill tight approach to a narrow green‭. ‬As a medium handicapper‭, ‬I’d take a 5‭ ‬on this hole any day‭!‬

The 11th is a great opportunity for a birdie‭, ‬a 489‭ ‬yard par 5‭, ‬with a good drive over the brow‭, ‬the fairway then sweeps to the‭ ‬right and down towards the inviting green‭, ‬with just the 1‭ ‬bunker protecting the green you can take it on with your second shot‭.‬‭ ‬It’s a hole that really rewards you for being brave‭.‬

Prestbury backs up its exceptional course with some exceptional facilities too‭. ‬The club also has a 27-acre practice ground with‭ ‬purpose built grass tee‭, ‬long and short game areas and indoor teaching facility‭. ‬

If you venture into the clubhouse you’ll find an award winning chef preparing some great food‭, ‬giving an extra bit of quality to a society day‭.‬

Fancy giving it a go for yourself‭?  ‬Just the other side of‭ ‬Macclesfield‭, ‬Prestbury isn’t as‭ ‬‭ ‬far as you think‭, ‬and for a course of this quality it’s well worth the trip‭.‬