Check to make sure you bring every club in your bag when you play Prestwick Country Club. While you're at it, pack a little extra patience and nerve.
That's because the challenging, 7,100-yard layout that lies between Myrtle Beach and Surfisde Beach requires an equal mix of each to successfully shoot your way around the course.
Awarded a 4.5-star rating by Golf Digest, Prestwick is loaded with risk-reward opportunities that put not only your shot-making skills to the test, but also your decision-making.
You've got to know when to play it safe and know when to go for it at Prestwick, which is a big part of what makes this one of the most challenging golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area.
Renowned architects Pete and P.B. Dye collaborated on this unique golf course design on a scenic piece of property that features dense pine forests and wetlands to form natural hazards.
They added mounded berms along the perimeter to minimize distractions from the adjoining housing community while also creating elevation changes in the flat South Carolina Lowcountry.
The use of rolling fairways, deep part bunkers and undulating greens add to Prestwick's degree of difficulty. Individual golfers can see different possibilities with the same shot based on their own skills.
The diverse approaches to playing Prestwick is extended by the five sets of tees golfers have to choose from. A premium is placed on putting the ball in the fairway so pick wisely.
Prestwick wastes little time putting golfers to the test, with the first five holes ranking among the toughest stretch.
The course gives players the chance to make up some strokes through the middle holes, but then stiffens as you approach the finish. The par-5 17th is its hardest, followed by its famous finishing hole.
Unwind from the true test of golf at the 19th hole in Prestwick's beautiful clubhouse, which features an open-air patio deck overlooking the ninth and 18th holes and the lake that divides them.
After tackling 18 holes at Prestwick, you've earned it.