Prestatyn Golf Club

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Prestatyn Golf Club has a wonderful championship links course, one that lays claim to being the most northerly course in Wales. 
Sitting alongside Prestatyn Beach, the course offers beautiful views out to the Irish Sea, while that sea breeze can cause havoc during a round on the championship golf course that the club has to offer. 
Originally founded in 1905, the course went through significant changes in its first couple of decades. Donald Steel made some slight alterations in 1990, making it into the course it is today. 
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A Brief History of Prestatyn Golf Club

Prestatyn Golf Club is one of many in Wales that have been around for well over a century now. The club was officially founded in 1905.  
The 18-hole layout was fully in play the next year, but shortly after the end of the First World War, half of the course was lost due to development. Within a year, the course had returned to its full complement of 18 holes. 
World-renowned golf course architect Donald Steel came to the course in the early 1990s and made some slight changes to the layout to make it into the course that you see and play today.  

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As the northernmost course in the country, the conditions come into play on the championship links of Prestatyn. The historic links is mostly easy walking but can show its teeth especially when the prevailing south-westerly winds whip off the Irish Sea. As such the punch shot is a useful addition to add to your repertoire before visiting. The infamous Prestatyn Gutter – a deep and wide ditch – comes into play throughout the back nine and holes named Water’s Edge, Dunes and Beach hint at the classic links test that awaits over this outstanding championship layout. 
From the blue championship tees, the 18-hole layout at Prestatyn pushes 6,900 yards, but there are both white and yellow tees so golfers of all abilities can enjoy their time on the northern coastline of Wales. Only three of the course’s par 4s are under 400 yards off the blues, but there are no 200-yard par 3s, you’ll be happy to read! 
The opening hole of the Par 72 layout is one of just three holes that do not run in the east-west direction. 1, 6 and 11 run north to south, in the centre of the course. It is a drivable par 4 for the longer hitters, with the 307-yard hole playing as a dog-leg left to get you down to the coastline. The 2nd is a tricky par 4, while the 3rd is the opening par 5 on the course and takes you to the western boundary of the property. 
With a cleverly placed bunker down the left the tendency is to catch the right-hand rough on the 4th. With the length of the second shot to a blind green, which is blocked by a ridge, control can be a problem. If you miss the bunkers at the front, you’re home and dry. The 5th, 7th, and 8th all run parallel to the beach, with the middle of those being the second par 5, and a tough one at 55 yards from the tips. It is only 495 from the white and reachable in two. 8 plays towards the Prestatyn Gutter, which sits behind the green, while the same water feature then also comes into play on the 9th. 
10 also plays with the Gutter on its left, while the par 3 11th sees golfers play across the water to the green, which is also guarded by three bunkers. 12 is the longest hole on the course at 570 yards from the tips, and a true three-shotter. The hardest par 3 on the course is the 13th. Surrounded by seven bunkers and a drop-off area around the right-hand side of the green, an accurate shot is needed. 
Following on from the lengthy par 4 14th comes the signature 15th hole. Although one of the shorter par 4s, this signature hole has seen many a good card ruined. With out of bounds on the railway down the left, the narrow fairway is a must hit. Two deep bunkers guard the approach and the green, and with a reverse Mackenzie running away from you, stopping the ball is a tough ask. The closing hole at Prestatyn is the shortest of the four par 5s and offers up one final birdie opportunity as your round comes to a close. 

FAQs about Prestatyn Golf Club

Where is Prestatyn Golf Club located?  
Prestatyn Golf Club is the northernmost golf course in all of Wales. It is on the coastline of north Wales, with Prestatyn Beach and Barkby Beach along the course boundary. The town of Prestatyn is around a mile to the west, while the Welsh border with England is only 20 miles southeast. 
Prestatyn Railway Station is just a mile and a half from the golf club. Trains run from Prestatyn to both Bangor and Holyhead in the west. Travelling east, there is an array of destinations, including all the way down to London Euston. Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, and Crewe are all reachable from Prestatyn without having to change trains.  
For golfers travelling from outside the United Kingdom, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport are the two closest major international airports to the club. The latter of the two is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom to be based outside London. 

What golf facilities does Prestatyn Golf Club offer?
Along with the championship links course, Prestatyn Golf Club also has some solid practice facilities. The driving range sits between the 7th and 10th holes and has a number of targets for you to hit to. There is also a short game area with a putting green for those finishing touches before taking to the course.  

What are the green fees at Prestatyn Golf Club?
The price of a green fee at Prestatyn Golf Club changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend.  
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