Prestbury is a well laid out typical and traditional parkland course with consistently excellent green complexes, in both positioning and design, making the most of hilly terrain. The greens putted well and all of the fairways, bunkers and tees were presented to a good quality. The course is a relatively easy driving course that rewards accurate positional play from the tee, a fact that is not always obvious to someone playing the course for the first time.
Sadly the general conditioning of the course was poor. There were many untidy areas on the way round which detracted from what should be a perfect setting for golf. The routing at the back of 13, with its close proximity to the 17th green was confusing and probably unsafe, as the drive at 14 was over the 18th tee and not clearly defined.
The golf course starts well with an uphill par 5 and challenging par 4, both long straight holes that get you into the round. And the good holes continue with the excellent par 5 at 6, the 12th with its drive over bushes leading to a dogleg and downhill approach over a babbling brook, the long sloping dogleg at 14 and the strong finishing hole to a well-bunkered green just in front of the clubhouse.
A good day’s entertainment on a pleasant canvas, but Prestbury didn’t, in my view, quite set the juices flowing in a way that would promote it to a level that was more than a bit better than average.
Date: May 18, 2021