TITLE: Hidden Hazards: Uncovering Myrtle Beach’s Most Challenging Golf Features
Indeed, Myrtle Beach, the ‘Golf Capital of the World,’ exudes a palpable charm entrenched in its expansive shoreline, breathtaking sunsets, and of course, a myriad of top-notch golf courses aligned with its aesthetic landscapes. However, beneath the allure of its luscious fairways lies a cache of hidden hazards, constantly challenging even the most skilled golfers. In this article, we shed light on some of these elusive challenges in Myrtle Beach’s golf courses, alluringly woven into their core fabric.
The Grand Dunes Resort Club, an alluring landscape designed by Roger Rulewich, offers white sands, picturesque views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and a plethora of hidden challenges. Notably, the course’s 9th hole, a par 4, features a treacherous bunker lined along the right side of the fairway, making the approach shot significantly more demanding. Simultaneously, a large lake on the 13th hole adds more complications to strategic golfers, distracting them with its serene beauty while posing a water hazard.
Equally captivating yet deceptive is the King’s North Course at Myrtle Beach National. Arnold Palmer-designed, it features an island fairway and myriad strategic bunkers, particularly on the 6th hole, famously known as ‘The Gambler.’ Golfers are faced with the option to play safe along the right-side fairway or take a risk on the daring island path, a decision that heavily steers their eventual score.
Further down south, golfers encounter Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, a course synonymous with its narrow fairways and strategic usage of water hazards. Hole number 11, a par 5, tends to mislead players into a false sense of security. Despite appearing unthreatening, the hole subtly veers towards the left before a steep drop-off into the water hazard. The 18th hole follows suit with a treacherously picturesque pond within chipping proximity to the green.
On the northern side of Myrtle Beach, the golf course Heather Glen showcases more unconventional challenges. The signature feature of this course is an ancient, towering oak tree at the heart of the 5th green. This stump presents a peculiar challenge compared to the usual sand and water hazards. Another notable hazard here is the strategically placed pot bunkers, particularly on the 9th and 18th holes.
True Blue Plantation doesn’t fall short of its predecessors with its notably large hazards. Known for massive fairways and larger-than-life greens, you’d be hard-pressed to ignore its water hazards stretching across several holes. The 10th hole in particular, with a crescent-shaped water body by the fairway, becomes an intimidating challenge for less precise golfers.
Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club, an esteemed Pete Dye-designed course, ensures a gamble for every golfer. With impressively placed waste bunkers, vast water hazards, and imposing native grass, it’s clear that a strategic mindset is non-negotiable here. Particularly, the par-4, 9th hole reveals a vast waste bunker on the right side of the greens, demanding an accurate tee shot.
World Tour Golf Links, inspired by the world’s most renowned courses, replicates the hazards golfers would encounter at the originals. The 3rd hole, modeled after the Augusta National’s 11th hole, is full of water hazards along the right, while the 16th hole inspired by St. Andrews’ Road Hole brings in out-of-bounds to the player’s immediate right.
Every course in Myrtle Beach presents unique “old friends” hazards and new challenges, testing golfers’ skill apex. Strategy, precision, course management, and often, a pinch of luck, is mandatory to navigate through these series of trials and tribulations. But amidst these arduous golfing hurdles, Myrtle Beach courses promise two things unequivocally – a satisfying game of golf and an inextinguishable desire to return. For all its hidden hazards, or perhaps because of them, the golf trail in this South Carolinian city remains an enduring magnet for golfers worldwide.