A well trapped course with a variety of fairway and green side bunkers. Azalea Sands is especially “user friendly” with NO homes, condos or backyards to impede the progress of your game. IT IS THE BEST BEACH COURSE ON THE GRAND STRAND. From the blue tees, the course plays a respectable 6,902 yards. Most of the greens are large and putting is the key to a good round here. The ocean is less than half a mile away so you normally get a good ocean breeze much of the game. A nice feature that allows for bump and run approach shots is that most of the greenside bunkers (NOT TRAPS) are on the sides and back of the greens. Watch out for the numerous large pampas grass plants that dot the fairway… You’ll need a good chainsaw to extricate your ball from this snarly plant. Most of the pine tree berm areas surrounding the fairway have open shots to the fairways and greens with the absence of underbrush to spoil your shot making . The friendly staff and rangers make it a real pleasure in playing Azalea Sands. This is definitely GOLFMASTER Jim’s favorite beach style course for over 25 years. The course is setup to challenge the skill level of every player. Azalea Sands is highly recommended as an excellent starter course to get used to beach conditions. Check out Golf Trek’s super discount Afternoon Rounds starting $35.00 with cart included. New in 2015 15 inch cups. Try out the new trend and putting on the new larger style cups.