Walking down the first, with fairways like carpet, it’s easy to see this is a heritage course with rolling fairways, hidden traps, well-matured trees throughout and a clubhouse you could imagine many a golf story being shared.
I always say the mark of a great course is to inspire even when you play sh*t. That’s exactly what I did and how I felt coming off the 18th, as well as tired and a little bit hungry.
With enough par 5’s to keep the woods working, it’s also a course to plot your way around and one you’ll definitely have to play more than once. Hidden valleys, doglegs and greens that will have you kicking yourself for missing putts.
Quality green surrounds make even a missed approach a potential up and down however, you’ll also have to ensure you’re the right side of the flag as there could be a 5 putt on the cards if not (Not mentioning names!)
I had a great four ball to play with that made my round a little bit more tolerable. We joked our way round and I must say, my flapjack went down a treat on the 9th, inspiring John to play about 7 under his handicap on the last 9.
Shot of the day has to be hitting the pin on the 11th (I think) with his tee shot and sinking the putt for a 2.
Some of the holes didn’t look long off the card, but the slightly damp fairways with actual grass on, sometimes uphill, made them longer. Alex with an awesome fairway wood from about 280 out, saw an eagle putt set up on the back nine.
A shot to remember has to be this one.
With about 150 in, Gareth plays for a members bounce off the slope, it rolls down, past the bunker to 4 foot and his first birdie. Played for it of course 🙂
The course has a small but well-stocked pro shop with hireable Powakaddy and enough balls to see you around the course. There’s a grass practice area with proper greens to chip on, a putting green that’s exactly like the course and a bar with a great selection.
There isn’t too much to say about a course when it truly is this amazing.
You just need to play it.
Prestbury Golf Club, Macclesfield Golf Course ReviewPrestbury Golf Club, Macclesfield Golf Course Review
COURSE CONDITION4/5 GoodThis would have been a 5 condition course however I don't like it when they dye the greens and they did at Prestbury. Apart from that, the course was amazing. Nothing out of place.
COST OF A ROUND AND A BUGGY4/5 GoodDoe a course in to the top 100, this is awesome! If you have a county membership card, these are the prices. County Card Green Fees: 1st May 2020 to 16th October 2020 = £45 per person. 19th October 2020 to 20th November = £40 per person. 23rd November 2020 to 12th March 2021 = £35 per person. If you've not got one, I'm unsure but if you live in the county you need to get one. The Powakaddy was also only £5. I didn't see many buggies there, so unsure of that but I don't think it would be expensive. This pushes it into the above £50 category.
DIFFICULTY (5 PLAYABLE FOR ALL, 1 ONLY FOR THE PROS)2/5 BadIt's difficult to play. You're not going to be able to smash it around and you'll need a long straight shot off the tee. I used a 2 iron but also a rescue could come in handy. Plot it round the course.
HOLE LAYOUTS/DESIGN5/5 AmazingStunning, a course of memorable holes. Not one hole I didn't enjoy, even after playing poo.
CLUBHOUSE AND BAR (QUALITY AND COST)4/5 GoodBased on the website there are some antiquated rules around jackets etc. While I was there these weren't upheld due to COVID restrictions but I'm sure as a visitor, you could eat/drink on the patio. However, be prepared and phone up beforehand. The bar had great service and a great selection. I had fish and chips and they which was needed after a long walk spoiled by golf.
ADDITIONAL POINTS4/5 GoodPractise facilities were seriously good, wish I had got there earlier, the putting green was just like the course and on the whole, there wasn't anything to ruin a great day. Oh, apart from the golf.