This traditional Scottish Links golf course was created on the shores of the Firth of Clyde and will test the talents of all who visit it.
Prestwick St. Nicholas Golf Club is right at the heart of a wonderful golfing area in Ayrshire. With a sense of history and tradition, and commanding beautiful views across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran in the West and Ailsa Craig in the South, golfing at St. Nicholas is an experience not to be missed. After your game enjoy the hospitality of the recently refurbished and extended clubhouse with its excellent changing, catering and bar facilities. The course is a challenging and tight traditional links of 6,044 yards in length with a Par of 69. Due to its proximity to the shoreline an almost ever-present wind ensures that the course provides a good test of golfing ability. The shorter hitter of the ball however will not suffer, as few of the holes require long carries from the tee to reach the fairways. The first three and last three holes are in the undulating 'home' area close to the clubhouse. The 1st hole is a par 4 that demands an accurate tee shot, through a narrow pass between two sand hills, with gorse and bunkers left and out of bounds to the right. The green sits in a shallow plateau below the level of the fairway. The 2nd is a par 3 played from an elevated tee providing excellent sea views. The green is in two tiers and it is advisable not to play beyond the pin as this leaves a tricky downhill pitch or putt. The 3rd is a short par 4 played towards the sea with out of bounds to the left. Longer hitters can drive the elevated green in favourable conditions. Approaching the green can be tricky and an accurate pitch is required to stay on the putting surface. After crossing Maryborough Road the 4th to the 9th holes are all par 4"s. The 4th has a blind tee shot to a narrow fairway leaving a cautious approach to a well guarded green. The 6th tee shot is blind over a ridge of sandhills with a garden wall out of bounds close to the right. Play straight over the marker post. Once over the hill there is a magnificent view of the Heads of Ayr and Ailsa Craig. Holes 7 and 8 are played around a water-filled quarry, with the approach to the 8th green over the corner of the water. After the turn there are two par three holes, the 10th and 12th, between which the 11th hole is a par 5. That hole has out of bounds to the right and a mound and 4 bunkers on the left that must be avoided. The 13th, a long par 4, sees the beginning of a five hole stretch in a northerly direction bringing players back towards the clubhouse. Course management is required at the par 4 15th hole, a laid-up tee shot leaving a short iron to a treacherous plateau green. Long hitters may have a go for the green if they dare! The 16th is the most undulating hole on the course, played from an elevated tee. Play left and aim for the corner of the clubhouse to allow the best angle of approach to the green. Gorse and out of bounds are a feature down the right hand side of both the 16th and 17th holes. The last is a demanding 227 yards par 3 with the car park representing a tight out of bounds to the right. If you have a score maybe laying-up and trying for a pitch and putt par is the best option.
Visitors - Visitors are welcome most weekdays (except on competition days). Starting times available are mornings 7.00-8.00am (Mondays only), 9.30-10.30am and afternoons 2.30-3.30pm. Sundays during summer (2.00-2.30 p.m.). No visitors on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. Consideration is given to requests outwith these starting times. Please contact the club manager/secretary for details.
Societies/Group Outings - are welcomed and can be catered for through prior arrangement.
Green Fees - Green fees winter 2010/11 @ £25 per round. Summer 2011 @ £55 per round (Sundays £60) and £75 per day ticket. The club accepts payment by the following credit cards – Visa, Mastercard, Switch or Delta.
Dress Code - Casual golf wear is acceptable in the Mixed Lounge. Jeans, tee-shirts, training or sports shoes are not permitted in the Clubhouse or on the course. Tailored shorts may be worn on the course. Jacket, collar & tie are necessary for the Tom Morris Room and in the Dining Room during the evenings (unless by prior arrangement).
Mobile phones are politely requested to be turned off when inside the communal areas of the Clubhouse.
|Summer Green Fee||Single round over Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Course (April to October)||£60.00||£65.00|
|Summer Day Ticket||Two rounds over Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Course (April to October)||£85.00||N/A|
|Winter Green Fee||Single round over Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Course (November to March)||£35.00||£40.00|
|Winter Day Ticket||(October 2011 to March 2012)||£50||N/A|
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There can be few clubhouses in the world which are situated as close to the sea as this one. Built originally in 1892 it has been modernised and refurbished over the years to provide a traditional, relaxing and comfortable clubhouse with spectacular views of Ailsa Craig and Arran.
In the Mixed Lounge, Casual Bar and Dining Room snacks, meals and drinks can be enjoyed in comfort. The Tom Morris Room (pictured at the top of the page) is for gentlemen only and a jacket, shirt and tie must be worn at all times – this room reflects the traditional and timeless values of a club with a history stretching back to 1851. Groups who visit can frequently find that they can be provided with exclusive use of the Dining Room for their pre- or post -match meal and presentation of prizes etc. The Club is more than happy to arrange for this but the Secretary will need to know this when you book. The Dining Room can comfortably accommodate 50.
The Club catering is managed by Grant Hood, an excellent chef and fellow golfer. With his team, Grant can prepare a wide of range of meals from the Snack menue or the wider Club House menue. Special menus can be arranged given enough notice. If an early bacon roll and coffee is required, please contact the Secretary who will arrange this with Grant.
There is a golf shop at the course which is well stocked with an extensive range of goods. Trolleys can be hired at the shop.
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Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club is the 26th oldest Golf Club in the world having been founded on 3rd November 1851 by 28 local men. Of particular note is that one of these men was (Old) Tom Morris who had been brought to Prestwick Golf Club when it was founded earlier in 1851 to be Keeper of the Greens, Club and Ball Maker. It is St Nicholas’s proud boast that in the years Tom Morris was employed by Prestwick Golf Club, and won three of his four Open Championships, St Nicholas was the Club of which he was a member.
Initially the Club was called “The Mechanics Club” but this was changed to Prestwick St Nicholas in 1858 as “The Mechanics” was considered an inappropriate and inaccurate title since the mechanics or craftsmen were by then outnumbered by business men and members of the professions. It is very possible that Tom Morris was instrumental in the selection of the original name as he had been a member of “The Mechanics Club” in St Andrews prior to his move to Prestwick. Tom Morris was made an Honorary Member of the Club in 1861 in recognition of his first victory in the Open Championship. For the first 26 years of the Club’s existence it shared Prestwick Golf Club’s course but in 1877 it made the move to a new course in Prestwick but this ground was rented on a short term basis which was far from ideal. In 1892 the Club moved to its present very favourable location. The course was laid out by the then Club professional and Club Maker John Allan and Charles (Charlie) Hunter. Charlie Hunter was the professional at Prestwick Golf Club having succeeded Tom Morris in 1864 – he was also a former captain of St Nicholas Golf Club. Although various alterations have taken place over the decades the course has remained, in essence, unchanged since the 1890s.