“The course is usually in great condition. This time was at the beginning of the golf season so the ground was just recovering from the winter.”
— Tom R, from

We make the most of the short golf season at Prescott Golf Club

Hole 1 - Knock on WoodIf Tom in the above quote only knew — being the region’s first course to shake off the Winter doldrums and get back to playing golf is out stock in trade here at Prescott Golf Club.

The course, sitting right on the edge of town, is open to undeveloped land on one side, while one side faces residential — in fact it’s the last street in town.

Established in 1939, the work done on the original nine holes was by members — by hand! Nine additional holes were added in the late 1980’s. Photos of the early development of Prescott adorn the walls of the clubhouse.

The original nine holes were of true “throwback,” traditional golf design: smaller greens and tight fairways. When the course was expanded to 18 holes, the design melded the modern with the traditional, so there’s variety throughout your Par-70 round on Poa Bentgrass.

Now you can enjoy a classic parkland course with well-established, mature trees; some traditional smaller greens and some newer larger greens. And in this market, we’re known for our conditioning and especially our greens.

Sitting just 40 minutes from the southern outcroppings of Ottawa – and our competitive green fees – makes us a popular “getaway” golf destination for daily fee players and outing participants alike.

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A bit of a cheat sheet from Pro Thom Miller, CPGA.

Who better to give you a few course tips? Especially our Pro Thom Miller, who’s been here for 30-plus years:

What kind of condition is the course in at different times during the year?

In Spring it’s well-drained. The course is drier and firmer than other area courses; we’re one of the first courses to open (and we stay open as long as Mother Nature allows).

Hole 2 - Devil's ElbowDescribe the beginning of a round here.

It’s a short walk from the golf shop. Like a lot of older courses, things are pretty close and it’s still a very walkable course. There’s not a lot of distance from tee to green and not a lot of elevation change.

Number One is a slight dogleg right, so a good tee shot is crucial because of a large tree on the left. If you go too far right there’s a ditch. On your second shot – avoid the ditch that crosses about 30 yards in front of the green. The green is played best if you leave your ball below the hole.

What’s the best par 5 on the course?

#14 — true Par-5 – only the big dogs get on the green in two! Here your tee shot is crucial. There’s Out of Bounds to the left and it’s well-treed to the right. However it’s a generous fairway – our widest.

For your second shot avoid the ditch/creek to the left and the trees on the right.

For your approach shot to the well-bunkered green (our most-sloped green) you’ll want to stay below the hole.

Hole 12 - Blind Man's Bluff

What’s the best Par-3 on the course?

#17 is a real test from the back tees, about 180 yards. Grab two extra clubs because of the green. It’s a well-bunkered, large green. If you get frustrated, enjoy the nice vistas of the St. Lawrence River!

What’s the toughest hole on the golf course?

Number Two’s pretty tough, read about it below. Also #12 is a solid Par-4, dogleg left hat’s well treed, with a nice, large green with bunker protection.

What is the most difficult green on the golf course?

Number Two. It’s also our Signature hole. This is a “treacherous” green.

It’s a 1939 original. If you’re going to miss your approach shot, it’s best to miss short and right.

Hole 16 - Into the WindOn the finishing holes (16, 17 and 18), is this a chance to salvage my round?

Sixteen gives you a chance – it’s a Par-5 that’s reachable for some in two, with a tough green …

Seventeen is a Par-3 but can be tough …

Then 18 is a good test, par for most is a good score!

What is your “Signature” hole?

Number Two, a sharp dogleg with a pond. For a “regular” shooter, your tee shot has to see around the corner but a longer shot ends up in the trees. The “big dogs” can try to drive over the pond and the trees. Good luck! Only about one guy a year makes it – and that’s IF the wind’s with you!

A few thoughts from golfnow:

Established in 1939, Prescott Golf Club offers a semi-private, 18-hole course along the picturesque St. Lawrence River. The course offers play challenging to both the beginner and seasoned golfer alike. The clubhouse is fully-licensed and offers casual fresh dining. The course is perfect for tournaments, public players, receptions, banquets and business meetings for up to 200 people. The golf shop fills all of your golfing needs and the CPGA pro is available to help you with your game.

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Blue 70 6,248 121 69.6
White 70 5,663 115 66.9
White (W) 71 5,663 126 72.1
Red 70 5,176 103 65
Red (W) 71 5,176 115 69.5

“The Par-70 layout makes it more demanding, on back there’s
three Par-3s and two Par-5s.”
— Scott St. John, Superintendent/Manager

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