Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club

Grangemuir Rd,

Prestwick, Ayrshire KA9 1SN

  • Office

    +44 (0)1292 477 608
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1292 473 904
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1292 473 900
  • Golf pro

    Gareth Hardy (Head PGA Golf Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Charles Hunter & John Allen

SSS or slope






How to get there:

3 miles N of Ayr

From Glasgow follow M77, direction Kilmarnock, and then A77 direction Prestwick Airport. Leave A77 just north-east of Prestwick and take A79 direction Prestwick Airport. Follow A79 past airport and through centre of Prestwick. At southern end of Prestwick shopping area turn right at traffic lights into Grangemuir Road, direction Prestwick Sailing Club. After 200 yards pass through narrow railway bridge. Golf is a further 200 yards on your left.

Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1851

Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club is home to another of Ayrshire's classic out-and-back seaside links courses, and a course well worth trying to include in your golfing itinerary, along with the more renowned Prestwick Golf Club.

The holes here at "St Nick's" are laid out both parallel and perpendicular to the coast, so scoring well in the ever-present sea breeze (or full force wind) may require the deployment of just about every shot in your repertoire. The fairways will sometimes feel fairly tight, while from the tee, and as you approach the greens, excellent bunkering will need to be skilfully avoided. With a couple of blind drives in the mix as well, accuracy rather than length will serve you (and your scorecard) best.

The first three and last three holes are played over tightly rolling, gorse-laden dunes, with the course occupying somewhat flatter terrain in between the opening and closing stretches. Although flatter, the middle two-thirds of the course is no less interesting nor less scenic than the rest.

Wonderful views onto the Firth of Clyde, with the Isle of Arran in the distance, combine with a chance to study some of Ayr's commercial sea front activities at the turn. Like so many courses on the Ayrshire coast, the seashore provides one boundary for the layout, a small railway line the other.

List of courses: Ayrshire & Arran


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Sept): weekdays £85, weekends (after 2pm) £85. Shoulder season (April & Oct): £65 (all days).

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Prestwick St Nicholas takes its name from Prestwick's patron saint. The club was formed in 1851 and, after sharing the Old Course with Prestwick Golf Club for some years, moved to the current site in 1892. Prestwick St Nicholas has hosted final qualifying for the Open Championship on several occasions when The Open has been staged at either Royal Troon or Turnberry. The club motto "Nulli Secundus" means "Second to none".

Published ranking

Scotland's 81st best course (Golf World, 2022).


  • Parkstone Hotel3-star

    Central Esplanade, Ardayre Road, Prestwick, Ayrshire KA9 1QN

    +44 (0)1292 477 286

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    Located right next to the beach in a quiet area of Prestwick, with views directly onto the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran - a good-value hotel much favoured by visiting golfers.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Prestwick; Prestwick St Nicholas; Royal Troon

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Kilmarnock (Barassie); Dundonald; Western Gailes; Glasgow Gailes; Irvine (Bogside); Turnberry (Ailsa and Kintyre courses).

  • Golf View Hotel4-star

    17 Links Road, Prestwick, Ayrshire KA9 1QG

    +44 (0)1292 671 234

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    Overlooking Prestwick Golf Club.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Prestwick St Nicholas; Royal Troon (Old and Portland courses)

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Kilmarnock (Barassie); Dundonald; Western Gailes; Glasgow Gailes; Irvine (Bogside); Belleisle; Turnberry (Ailsa and Kintyre courses).

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