Head Professional – Jay Smith
Jay Smith attended Coastal Carolina University and played on the CCU golf team from 1988-1992 before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Jay began his career at Blackmoor Golf Club prior to accepting the position as head golf professional at Prestwick Country Club in 1999.
Jay was elected to PGA Membership in October 1995 and was named the area’s “Golf Professional of the Year” by the Myrtle Beach Herald in 2009.
Born Myrtle Beach, SC May 15th, 1970-grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina
Started playing golf with my dad at age 4. He was a golf coach and later a member of the PGA holding jobs at 4 different country clubs.
Played golf for Spartanburg High School and then later played for Coastal Carolina for years. While at coastal received a 4 year degree in business management. In 1993 accepted first full time job in the golf business as an assistant at Blackmoor GC in Murrells Inlet. Was promoted to head golf pro in 1995. Stayed at Blackmoor till May 1999 and accepted head pro job at Prestwick CC and have been at Prestwick since. At Prestwick I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the golf course as far as daily and monthly accounting and taking care of all the golfers needs. Also involved in the marketing and promotion of Prestwick.
Prestwick is a Pete and PB Dye design that is one of the more challenging course on the Grand Strand. When playing Prestwick, the golfer forgets he/she is playing at the beach as the course is in the forest on the front side and links style on the backside. We have 6 sets of tees to cater to every level of golfer. The condition of the course remains constant throughput the year as it stays in good condition. You can always count on having an enjoyable experience when playing Prestwick.
I enjoy doing things with my family. I am married and have 2 daughters-Kelli (18) and Katie (15). I enjoy teaching them to play golf and watching them play in tournaments. Also enjoy Boating, Skiing, and watching all sporting events.