Disclaimer...this course is not for everyone, and I can fully understand people not enjoying it, or getting it (without sounding patronizing). I loved it. Everything about it. It's fun, quirky, a great challenge, it allows you to be creative, it doesn't hurt you if you veer off but is difficult to get right. It has bag loads of charm and history and a fantastic clubhouse. If you like big, glitzy beefed up links with views of the sea then Turnberry, only 45 minutes up the road, will serve you better. Prestwick to me is what golf as designed to be. A focus on using the ground and not just the air, a fascinating use of the space (despite it being very different to its original layout) and designed to be played in the breeze.
The first is a shaky start, with the railway line and wall lining the entire right side and firmly imprinted in your mind as you stand over the ball on the tee. The second a good par 3 before the course heads towards more open ground and a succession of strong holes, from longer par 4's to shorter par 4's to the 5th hold, Himalayas, a blind par 3. Again, this wont be to everyone's liking but for me it was pure joy. Pick your spot, trust the club and see what awaits as you head over the dune. You then reach what is in my view the weakest section of the course, before it comes alive again on the back nine. From 10 to 18 its a tour de force of quirks and beauty. There's huge variety to the holes as you're led back towards the clubhouse.
The layout is great, and it is the type of course that I personally could play day in, day out. That said, a day at Prestwick is about more than the golf course. We did the Prestwick experience, which allows for 36 holes and a great lunch in the middle. Get there early, settle in and enjoy one of the greatest days you can have at a golf club.
Date: January 22, 2020