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Five tips before playing golf at Prestwick Country Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Prestwick Country Club - Ninth Hole
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A good day with the driver can help you avoid trouble around the greens at Prestwick Country Club. (Tim McDonald/WorldGolf.com)

SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. -- Despite having big-name architects and an outstanding layout, Prestwick Country Club has a relatively low profile, but that's only a problem for golfers that have yet to discover the Pete and P.B. Dye design.

Prestwick Country Club offers one of the Myrtle Beach area's stiffest challenges, and here are five things you will want to know before tackling the golf course.

1. Know Where You Are: The Atlantic isn't visible at Prestwick but players feel its impact. The course is a less than a mile from the beach and the result is significant wind. In addition to what you can feel, take a look a look at the flagstick to make sure you aren't being sheltered from the ocean breeze. Ignore the wind at your own peril.

2. Did You Know?: Prestwick is a 4.5-star course and was once named "One of the Five Best Kept Secret Golf Courses in America" by Golf Digest. We aren't the only ones that think Prestwick is an underrated course.

3. Play The Right Set Of Tees: This entry could be made for every course in the nation, but playing from the right set of tees at Prestwick is vital. It's a challenging layout so don't make it more difficult than the Dye brothers intended. The right tees will add considerably to your enjoyment of the round and the course.

4. The Signature Bunker Is: Pot bunkers are a prerequisite for a Dye design and there is at least one you want to avoid at all costs at Prestwick.

No matter what you do, don't find the 20-foot deep pot bunker behind the ninth green. The only question for players that end up in that bunker is how far over par they will be.

5. Most Important Club Is: Spend time on the range getting your driver tuned up. The fairways at Prestwick Country Club are generous, but players can't afford to miss them. Players need to be well positioned off the tee to avoid the trouble around the greens. Anyone coming in with long irons or out of pine straw is going to find it hard to hold the greens at Prestwick. A good day with the driver helps avoid both problems.

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Chris King, owner of Kingfish Communications, a PR and content marketing firm that specializes in helping golf destinations and courses, has spent the last 20 years covering golf and college athletics. His love of the game is matched only by the unreliability of his swing, which helps him evaluate golf courses through the eyes of the average player. King currently resides in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which affords him ample opportunity to improve. Follow Chris on Twitter @Chris_Kingfish.

Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.

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