Prestonwood Country Club

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Coordinates: 35°47′44.7″N 78°50′9.5″W / 35.795750°N 78.835972°W / 35.795750; -78.835972

Prestonwood Country Club is a private country club in Cary, North Carolina, located near Research Triangle Park (RTP) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). The country club's amenities include 54 holes of golf, nine tennis courts, a full-service fitness and aquatics center, dining service and event space for various occasions. Prestonwood has played host to numerous national golf events including the SAS Championship and the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic.

History[edit]

Prestonwood Country Club opened on Memorial Day, 1988, offering a pool and fitness center. Later that summer, the club debuted 27 holes of golf. In 1991, the club was purchased by private investor, who then decided to expand Prestonwood by building more homes and roads. By early 1996, the club had expanded to 54 holes of golf, a driving range, three practice greens and a short game area. The country club rebuilt the pool and fitness center, which now consists of 8,000 sq. ft. of space.

In 2003, the club also added new tennis courts at a satellite location. In 2005, Prestonwood built a 60,000 sq. ft. addition to their clubhouse, including a grand ballroom and men's locker room. Other additions included a renovated golf pro shop, ladies locker room and card room.[1]

Facilities[edit]

Golf: Prestonwood Country Club is the only private club in the area to boast 54 holes of championship golf. All three courses were designed by Tom Jackson but have been recently renovated green complexes by Jack Nicklaus protégé Rick Robbins.

  • Fairways: Opened in January 1995 (renovations completed Sept. 2010) . The course yardage is 6,475 with a rating/slope of 71.2/134.
  • Meadows: Opened in August 1988 (renovations completed Sept. 2009). The course yardage is 7,108 with a rating/slope of 74.6/138.
  • Highlands: Opened in January 1993 (renovations completed Sept. 2011). The course yardage is 7,082 with a rating/slope 74.4/138.

In addition, it has a driving range, three practice greens, and a short game area. The club utilizes a full-service golf pro shop with five PGA Golf Class A professionals and three assistant professionals

Events[edit]

SAS Championship: The SAS Championship is a Champions Tour event that has been hosted by Prestonwood since 2001. The course plays at about 7,137 yards and is a mix of the Highlands and Meadows courses.[2]

Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic: The tournament, named after the late Jim Valvano, was started to support cancer research. It was played at Prestonwood Country Club for 13 years starting in 1994. While at Prestonwood the tournament raised over $12 million and drew in such celebrities as Michael Jordan, Bob Costas and Kevin Costner.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prestonwood Country Club Housing". 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  2. ^ "SAS Championship – Course". Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Jimmy V Classic moves from Cary to Pinehurst". 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-13. [dead link]