On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we visit Prestwick Country Club and talk with PGA Head Professional, Jay Smith.  This Pete and P.B. Dye golf course is a tough task for all golfers no matter what the age or skill level.  The rolling fairways with the bunkers and hazards that come into play on most holes makes for a very challenging round of golf.  The upside is that the golf course is a fantastic layout with some of the best holes along the Grand Strand.  Today we take a look at one of those holes.  The par 5 9th hole is a gem of a golf hole that brings golfers back to the clubhouse with a challenge that is not found at many Myrtle Beach golf courses.

The par 5 9th hole is very intimidating off the tee.  Playing 486 yards from the white tees may not seem like a big deal, the yardage is not the challenge on this hole.  The entire left hand side of the hole is guarded by water from tee to green.  The fairway curls from right to left all the way to the green complex.  This is what makes the nerves of golfers rattle and the confidence waiver as they stand over the tee shot.  The good news is if the hole is broken down shot by shot it is not nearly the monster hole it appears to be.

The fairway off the tee is actually fairly generous.  Yes the water is lurking left and there is mounds on the right side, the landing area is actually sizable and should be an easy target for golfers.  The seconds shot is where nerve starts coming into play.  Although the fairway stays wide as it runs most of the way to the green, the fact that the water is on the left and the mounds now have bunkers worked into them make the landing area for they approach shot seem smaller than it actually is.

At this point we are assuming we have two good shots in play and there is only a wedge or short iron left into this very well guarded green.  Short and left of the putting surface are protected by pot bunkers and the water runs right up next to the left edge of the green.  Precision is the word of the day for the approach shot into No.9.

Once on the narrow but long green golfers need to navigate the not-so-flat surface to try and make par.  Birdie is a great score and par is a very good one.  The 9th hole at Prestwick Country Club is one of the best par 5s on the beach.

For more information or to make a tee time visit www.prestwickcountryclub.com or call the golf shop at 888.250.1767.