Prestonwood (Meadows) - North Carolina - USA

Prestonwood Country Club,
300 Prestonwood Parkway,
North Carolina (NC) 27513,

  • +1 919 467 2566

  • Larry Conner

  • Tom Jackson

  • Jeff Holden

The Highlands course at Prestonwood Country Club is typically celebrated as the best of the property’s 54 holes, but the Meadows layout is also recognized among the Top 100 courses in North Carolina. The PGA Champions Tour also tips its hat to the route, including a collection of Meadows holes for the back nine during the annual SAS Championship. Tom Jackson, a former associate of Robert Trent Jones, hangs his cap on both courses.

Although the course may take its name from a dryer form of grassland, “marshland” will be more prominent in the player’s mind. No. 8 will require a wetland carry on the way to the green. No. 6 at least makes it strategic to avoid the wetland in order to get the best approach angle into the green. Of course, that will mean wrangling with a bunker along the right side, so pick your poison. Where marsh doesn’t impose, there is plenty of water to go around, albeit not nearly as much as at the Highlands course.

A third course, the Fairways — also designed by Jackson — makes Prestonwood the only 54-hole club in the “Research Triangle.”

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Description: The Meadows course at Prestonwood Country Club is one of three 18-hole layouts at the club designed by Tom Jackson, a former associate of Robert Trent Jones Sr. Rating: 5 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Adam Tomasiello

The Prestonwood Country Club property holds an elite reputation in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Located in the Preston neighborhood of Cary, the club opened at a time when the Research Triangle was only beginning to burgeon. Even after the tremendous regional growth in the last two decades, Prestonwood maintains its status by providing members with an unparalleled set of amenities. At my first visit to the course a few weeks ago, my jaw dropped at seeing the stately clubhouse, vast swimming and tennis facilities, and elegant homes…all before I had even stepped foot outside of my car.

Fortunately for Prestonwood members, three strong golf courses match the ambience of the overall club. My recent round at the Meadows layout demonstrated Tom Jackson’s ability to maximize the architectural value of the site.

The Meadows at Prestonwood is set on an altogether flat piece of property. Meandering around numerous streams and wetlands, the course has a distinct “Florida-like” feel. Even after a bout of thunderstorms, its drainage was working properly and its greens were firm and fast.

The course presents a plethora of challenges thanks to thoughtful choices in the design. Despite being in the Preston neighborhood, houses never once come significantly into play. The fairly wide corridors allow wind to affect shots, and holes play in many directions. The high-flashing faces of the bunkers and short-grass collection areas around some greens are visually deceptive.

My host mentioned that the par fives all stand out on the Meadows course, and he was absolutely right. Among my favorites was the strategic 3rd hole. The landing zone on the tee shot is generous, yet players may benefit from favoring the right side of the fairway. The putting surface is somewhat narrow and must be navigated over a lake. Playing to the right provides a better angle, but even more challenge over the hazard. Bailing left may a safe move, but will leave a difficult third from tight grass to a short-sided putting surface. This “pick your poison” type of strategy presents itself numerous times throughout the round.

Praise is also due for the superintendent and maintenance team, as the course set-up was near perfect during my round. Prestonwood’s golf leadership clearly understand the importance of variety. Our group played different clubs on each of the par threes, and on longer holes we ended up using all of our clubs. Many greens reveal themselves after a dogleg, and the ideal strategy differed on the holes that turned.

After just one visit, it was readily apparent why Prestonwood is so appealing to so many individuals. It is a club that is both luxurious and welcoming, and it presents a solid golf experience to its members thanks to thoughtful decisions by its architect and leadership. Prestonwood is no doubt among the strongest clubs in the area.

August 05, 2022
5 / 10
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