Willowbrook Plantation named one of the top 50 courses by Golf for Women, offers players of all levels a challenging round with beautiful scenery. This course takes you back in time to the late 1700’s where it used to be a rice plantation, and believe us, the beauty has not been lost. Each hole offers a unique challenge making it the perfect course for your next golf weekend getaway.
Wachesaw East, named Myrtle Beach’s Golf Course of the year in 2007, is located in Murrells Inlet. With five different sets of tees, this course allows players of all handicaps to enjoy the round. Strategically placed bunkers and rolling fairways make the challenge unique and distinct. Wachesaw East hosted four televised tournaments from 1997-2000 which speaks volumes to beauty and professionalism.
Top 10 … 4.5 Star Rated. A cross between Pinehurst # 2 and Pine Valley. This course is extremely challenging with a 145 slope. Lots of deep, deep traps… some double head high! Most of the par 3’s are elevated with bunkers from tee to green. The first 4 holes will snap you into reality.
4.5 star rated and one of the Be$t Buy$ of Myrtle Beach. Located south of Myrtle Beach on U.S. 17. This is one of Golf Master Jim’s favorite courses. Designed by Florida designer Ron Garl, It has the best of everything. Two island greens (a par 3 and a par 4), more sand than on most small deserts, (bring plenty of orange fluorescent balls) and 7 holes in the marshes. South Carolina’s Course of the Year in 2001. The world class practice facility features a 43,000 square foot putting green and multilevel pitching and chipping areas. The Tradition is a Low Country Championship course with wide fairways and undulating greens. “HIT for the green” as in grass because if it isn’t green, you’re going to be in some of the largest, deepest waste bunkers in Myrtle Beach. Superb large upscale clubhouse.
Walk in the footsteps of the PGA TOUR legends. Experience the crack of a well-struck tee shot as it echoes through the century old trees. Match your best shot against those of the players on the SENIOR PGA TOUR. Play tournament quality conditions year round. These are just a few of the many reasons you’ll want to visit the Grand Strand’s ultimate golf destination – the Tournament Players Club of Myrtle Beach. Designed by Tom Fazio in concert with Lanny Watkins (PGA Tour player consultant), the TPC of Myrtle Beach offers one of the most extraordinary golfing experiences on the east coast.
River Club is a semi-private facility and the only course on the south end of the Grand Strand with Bent grass greens. True to its name, you will find (but hopefully not often) water on 15 of the 18 holes. Couple the water with over 100 sand traps and you have a very challenging layout to deal with. Long hitters may find some room off the tees but the approach shots better be on the money. The par 5 18th hole offers risk and reward to those who can carry the water twice for a possible chance at eagle on the horseshoe shaped hole.
Challenging, but equally beautiful, Pawley’s Plantation by Jack Nicklaus offers a scenic event with every round. Among the most unforgettable features are a tremendous double green, a dramatic split fairway, and breathtaking lake and marsh views. A 300 yard dike bulk-headed for cart traffic leads to a set of tees where the golfer can play the par 3 #13 from a distance of 40 to 145 yards – both shots are across the marsh. This signature course ranked among the top courses in South Carolina in Golf Digest’s 1997 Rankings.
Litchfield Country Club was among the initial eight courses built on the Grand Strand (1966). It was also the first course built in the Pawleys Island/Litchfield area. Through the years, the course has maintained its original design of friendly green-side pathways for bump and run approach shots. The mature tree-lined fairways wind amid giant oaks and shimmering lakes from the original rice plantation that it was built on. If you like ‘traditional’ designed courses, you will find Litchfield to your liking.
Introducing the newest golf course to open in the Myrtle Beach area – the Founders Club at Pawleys Island which was scheduled to open in late September 2007. However, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate with sufficient rainfall in the area so the Classic Group made the decision to postpone its opening until February 1, 2008, to ensure the course is in great shape and it is. The Founders Club at Pawleys Island offers golfers an exciting opportunity in the Pawleys Island area to play 18 uniquely designed golf holes. Built on the former site of Sea Gulf Golf Club, Thomas Walker designed the course to offer wonderful visuals and isolated teeing areas thus giving golfers something special to remember. If you like split fairways, then you’ll love the par-5, 540-yard No. 12. It used to be a par 4, but now, along with added length, comes added options and signature risk/reward possibilities. Take the long way down the right-side fairway, lay up short of the water with your second, hit a short iron over it and go for birdie on the new Emerald Bermuda greens. Or, mash it down the left side, shave about 30 yards off the distance in the process, and leave yourself with a long iron or fairway wood to the green for a potential eagle. Be warned, though: find the split in the fairway and you’ll find treacherous pot bunkers or fly the green and find the drink. In either event, say good bye to your par and you could be looking in the eyes of a snowman. The back nine also features the par-4, 420-yard No. 14, a dogleg right which will reward a solid drive with a downhill roll but still leave a tricky approach to an elevated green; a short par-3 No. 16 (130 yards) that looks harder than it really is; and a finishing par 4 on 18 that plays 375 yards into the prevailing wind off the Atlantic, and leaves a challenging carry over water from the right but an intriguing approach from the left to a 130-foot-long, triple-tiered green nestled right behind the clubhouse. A new Low country-style clubhouse with a wrap-around porch awaits you for a relaxing drink and/or meal as you over looking the beauty of the 18th hole.
Caledonia is rated 4.5 stars and considered by many as the?Best Course in the Myrtle Beach area. This par 70 course provides a dazzling display of unique golf holes over marsh, lakes, waste bunkers and sand. This low country course is built upon a former rice plantation. Rated as one of the TOP 31 upscale courses in America! Caledonia is a truly unique experience and it is and incredible beauty. Tee Times are limited and this course books up fast. One of Golfmaster Jim’s favorite courses.
Blackmoor is located just south of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet on S.C. Hwy 707.Wild turkeys, gators and deer can be seen on the course as you are in a pristine natural area. “Hit every shot in your bag” is Gary Players idea of how to play golf…and Blackmoor fits that description to a tee. Many challenging holes of risk and reward. Cut the dogleg and be on the green…fall short and you’re in the marsh. Moderate undulating and average to large greens and plenty of greenside bunkers. Several holes have dual fairways. Some of the shorter holes are the most challenging as you have?to decide to “go for it” or lay back. This is a thinking man’s course. Go brain dead and record a snowman. Most fairways are average in width with few fairway bunkers. 400 year old oaks and majestic pines border most of the fairways. Want to see the course, visit its website to see the area’s only live course web cam!