The Eighteen Hole Course
(Due for completion March 2020)
2018 is a most exciting year for Prestwich Golf Club who are investing around £700,000 redeveloping the Golf Course. The course has been re modelled by internationally renowned Golf Architects’ David Thomas Ltd. The design was influenced by comments from members and visitors who although they love this great little course acknowledged that it could be improved with a reduction in crossovers and by eliminating blind shots. The result is an attractive and thoroughly enjoyable course which has retained nine of the favourite holes, modified six holes and introduces three brand new holes by utilising a 2.2 acre plot which has been in the ownership of the club for over twenty years. The practice putting green has been relocated and now sits between the eighteenth green and first tee.
Hole 1 – Men’s -329 yds. Par 4 Ladies 318 yds. Par 4
The first hole has been completely remodelled. The tee has been relocated to the site of the old practice putting green which has straightened dog leg and created drive which draws you away from the O.O.B boundary in the valley and potential danger of the apartment buildings. The bowl effect as you enter the valley has been cleared reducing the chance of a good shot being punished and the approach to the green has been redesigned to create a level approach, the rear banking of the green has been raised to prevent balls chasing through to the O.O.B. The hole has been reduced by 35 yds.(Men’s Tee) & 39 yds. (Ladies’ Tee) and the result is an attractive and fairer first hole.
Hole 2 – Men’s- 174 yds. Par 3 Ladies -163 yds. Par 3
The second hole is a modified version of the old 17th HoleThe tee has been relocated away from the 1st green and has been elevated eliminating the “blind shot” to the green. This has reduced the length by 60 yds. (Men’s Tee) 52 yds. (Ladies Tee) and has created an attractive and fair hole which, with the green sloping steeply away from the tee still presents a challenge to golfers of any level.
Hole 3 Men’s – 339 yds. Par 4 Ladies – 330 yds. Par 4
The third hole is the old 18th hole which was regarded by many as the signature hole. The features of the hole are unchanged but the old 16th hole has been removed which now leaves the fairway and green clear of “crossover” players from that hole.
You are now required to walk through the car park to the old tenth hole in the Hilton Park field.
Hole 4 – Men’s 263 yd. Par 4 Ladies – 256 yds. Par 4
The fourth hole is the old 10th hole and remains unchanged. It has always been a popular hole and although a short par 4, the tight approach to the green nestled up to the O.O.B creates a reasonable challenge for such a short par 4.
Hole 5 – Men’s 161Yds. Par 3 Ladies – 153 Yds. Par 3
The fifth hole is the original 11th Hole and remains unchanged. Although a short par 3 there are O.O.B.,s up the left and immediately behind the green, don’t over club or you will be in trouble, under club and there is a bunker waiting fifteen yds. short of the green
Hole 6 – Men’s 270yds. Par 4 Ladies 260 yds, Par 4
This is a modified version of the old 12th Hole (Far Away) however the hole has been shortened considerably, Men’s by 152Yds and Ladies by 149 Yds. and can no longer live up to its name. The contours of the hill around the green have been reshaped towards the green resulting in a very easily reachable green in par by any player and the opportunity to drive the green by the lower handicapper.
Hole 7 Mens 254 yds. Par 4 Ladies 248 yds Par 4
This is a new hole. A short par 4 crossing a footpath onto the new plot of land.a straightforward hole with the only dangers being the O.O.B’s to the keft and behind the green. Could be reachable for a long driver of the ball.
Hole 8 Men’s 266yds. Par 4 Ladies 260 yds Par 4
A new whole that may well become the course signature hole. The drive is over the ravine where the culverted Singleton Brook emerges. Take the gamble on a long drive and risk the shot falling into the valley, there is a short landing zone but this will leave a long second shot. The only O.O.B is behind the green.
Hole 9 Men’s 199 yds. Par 3 Ladies 182 yds Par3
Hole nine is a shortened version of the old hole3 (The Brook). Which is now a par 3. The hole has been shortened by 114 yds. (Men) &130 yds. (Ladies) It avoids the softer ground that lay to the left of the old fairway and the old 4th hole has been removed which eliminates a previous crossover. A new pathway to the right of the green leads to the 10th tee.
Hole 10 Mens 230 yds. Par 4 Ladies 220 yds. Par 4
Hole ten is the old thirteenth hole (The Box). A slight dog leg enforced by the internal O.O.B on the left. Big hitters may risk a direct drive to the green but anything short will caught by the O.O.B. The rerouting of the old fourteenth hole has eliminated another crossover.
Hole 11 Mens 160 yds. Par 3 Ladies 143 yds Par 3
A brand new hole. This delightful par 3 utilises the old “Far Away” gree which has been completely re-sculptured to accommodate the new direction of the drives. The hole shows of the magnificent “Oak” tree that has been a feature of this part of the course.
Hole 12 Men’s 455 yds. Par 4 Ladies 445 Par 5
Taking advantage of the new land the tee of the old 5th hole has been moved creating a slight dog leg 4 and extending the hole by 88yds. The tee shot crosses a footpath and has been designed to ensure golfers and pedestrians have a clear view of each other.
Hole 13 Men’s 312 yds. Par 4 Ladies 296 yds. Par 4
Returning to the old section of the course this is par 4 hole is slightly uphill with two bunkers protecting the green and although a drive to the right hand side is still playable the trees could present an obstacle.
Hole 14 Men’s 320 yds. Par 4 Ladies 318 yds. Par 4
The drive has the luxury of being able to utilise the adjoining fairways and still having a clear second shot to the green which is sited on a plateau just over a public footpath. There is an O.O.B. to the left of the green and a long approach shot could be heavily punished in the rough to the rear of the green
Hole 15 Mens 329yds. Par 4 Ladies 301 yds Par 4
The fairway slopes to the left and the green is set on a plateau carved into the banking of the 14th & 16th Tees. A druive to the right may block out the approach shot to the green with the tree plantation.
Hole 16 Mens 131 yds. Par 3 Ladies 130 yds Par 3
This has long been a favourite hole at Prestwich. A simple par 3 with a bunker protecting the green to the left, a pond on the right, O.O.B. to the rear & left.
WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
Hole 17 Mens 257 yds Par 4 Ladies 247 yds Par 3
The old 17th Hole, The fairway drops away to the left and the well-guarded green sits at the end of a hill, any long approach shot will fall away on three sides of the green
Hole 18 Mens 237 yds Par 4 Ladies 228 yds Par 4
This is a brand new finishing hole. The tee is set on the top of the hill which made up the old 16th Hole. The fairway is cut through the trees onto what used to be the old first fairway. The sharp dogleg requires correct club selection from the tee to ensure a shot to the green. It is thought that some long hitting low handicappers may try to hit over the trees to the green. A real Risk or reward shot!