Golfbreaks4U directors Darren Mason and Alan O’Donoghue report on one of the three courses that will form part of this year’s inaugural North Wales Golf Festival….
THE championship links course at Prestatyn is set in 150 acres of superb unspoilt links land.
Voted in the top 10 winter links, this stunning course offers challenges like no other. The prevailing south west winds are a feature of the course and the low punched shot is often a very useful addition to the player’s repertoire.
Prestatyn Golf Club enjoys a temperate climate and its seaside nature ensures golfers can play all 18 greens, the year round on superb turf.
The first two holes at Prestatyn, host to the Welsh Ladies Open Strokeplay Championship last year, provide a gentle warm-up but they should not be under-estimated otherwise a bogey or two could be on the cards. The third hole is a risk and reward par five, where a long drive and a three wood second should provide an eagle chance putt! The first par three presents itself at hole six and like all the par threes at Prestatyn they are parable but only if you avoid the many bunkers that surround them.
The ninth hole ‘Moat’ was one of our favourites and it is a hole that offers a birdie putt (assuming a well hit drive and wedge onto the green) but you could also easily walk away scratching your head writing a six on your scorecard. The moat that runs in front and along the side of this smallish green and the out of bounds at the back can be the stuff of nightmares!
The 11th hole is the shortest and easiest hole on the course, needing only a short iron over the Prestatyn Gutter (small canal like waterway, which runs alongside several holes) to a bowl shaped green. The domed green is protected by four bunkers at the front and there is always the chance of three putts to bring the over confident players back down to earth. This hole will be remembered (by us) for a ‘hole-in-one’ that never happened. Having lost his first ball, Alan’s provisional went straight in the hole. The best par we have ever seen!
If you can avoid missing the fairway bunkers on the par five 12th (not an easy feat) it could see your ball running down the fairway to present an iron shot onto the green for an eagle putt. There are 10 bunkers on the 12th hole, so you are playing well if manage to avoid all of them. The par three 13th is the hardest of the short holes (SI 8 from the yellow tees) because the green is surrounded by six pot bunkers ready to capture anything short or left. Go too far right and/or long, you will need to produce a chip of delicacy to get your par.
Out of bounds flanks the 14th hole and for those who have a tendency to hook the ball they should consult the local train timetable because this hole runs along a busy railway line. Once safely past the string of large deep bunkers, you are presented with an iron shot onto a tight MacKenzie green, which slopes right to left so make sure you aim your second shot to the right of the flag – easier said than done, especially if the wind is blowing.
The 15th is classed as the signature hole but to be honest that accolade could easily be shared among several other holes on this fantastic course. The 16th flag can be seen in the distance from the tee but first you have to negotiate a long drive to the fairway and from there a long second is often required before reaching the elevated green.
The par three 17th (SI 17) is protected by three bunkers at the front of the green and a decent eight iron should see you past them but beware the green slopes from back to front and there are a number of tricky borrows on this large green.
The target line for the par five 18th is the clubhouse in the distance but before you reach the bar you will have to avoid the 11 bunkers that line the fairway and protect the green. The green is positioned right in front of the clubhouse and once your last putt has been sunk you just wish you could do it all over again.
Prestatyn Golf Club contact
Admin Office Prestatyn Golf Club Marine Rd East Prestatyn LL19 7HS
Tel: 01745 854320