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Myrtle Beach Golf Course Reviews By The Fairway Insider

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  • MyrtleBeachGolf.com

    on 03/23/20

    Beautiful weather and beautiful course conditions made for a great trip with my sons! Great memories made!

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  • Brunswick Plantation

    on 03/23/20

    Course was in very good condition. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The pace of play was good and the variety of holes made for an interesting round. Would definitely play there again give the opportunity.

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  • Tradition Golf Club

    on 03/23/20

    Outstanding conditions and design. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They were taking precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and gave us suggestions to help us on the course. It rain hard for a few minutes while we were on the course but the course drained well and the round was not adversely affected. The course design was challenging but not unfair. It was the best conditioned course we played all week.

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  • River Hills Country Club

    on 03/23/20

    The playing conditions were good on the tees, fairways and greens. Off the fairway was not the greatest. Difficult course for the first time playing it. Lots of water and some carries you are just not sure about. Staff was very friendly and doing its best during the coronavirus crisis.

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  • Arcadian Shores

    on 03/23/20

    Course was in good condition. They have improved things from the past. Make sure you bring your sand skills with you as every green is guarded by challenging traps. The playing conditions were good as tees, fairways and greens were well conditioned.

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  • Diamondback

    on 03/23/20

    Fair design and in good condition. The staff was friendly and helpful. Clubhouse not as fancy as most in Myrtle but very comfortable. Staff had helped stop the spread of the coronavirus such as removing the rakes from the traps. Enjoyed the variety of holes.

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  • The Dunes Club

    on 03/19/20

    I wish there was an option for a 10 star rating. Played The Dunes Club a number of times before and it’s always PGA Tour quality. If you’d like to test you’re putting on true, pure rolling greens, this is the place. Check out the newly renovated pro shop and make sure to grab a chicken salad sandwich at the turn. Both are winners!

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  • True Blue Golf Club

    on 03/19/20

    I am very fond of Mike Strantz courses, and True Blue was in character of his other courses. It is a great track. The course was in excellent condition from tees to greens. This course is not for the faint of heart, so come prepared for a test of your skill. Great place. The staff was wonderful!

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  • Brunswick Plantation

    on 02/26/20

    Calabash, NC may well be an area better known for its seafood cuisine than it is for outstanding golf, but that could be changing. There are now more than 20 golf courses accessible to the public within a 20 mile radius. These are all top notch facilities with championship golf courses that are well kept and a pleasure to play. A few offer roomy and affordable accommodations as well as golf packages that won’t require a second mortgage!

    One such property is Brunswick Plantation, a gated golf course community in Calabash, NC. Since its planning days, Brunswick has grown from 650 acres to over 1750 acres. There are over 1,000 homes including single family custom homes, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos, and luxury townhouses, many of which are owned by active retirees. The community is rife with amenities: multiple swimming pools, fitness facilities, tennis, walking trails, and 2 plantation-style clubhouses, one of which is in the process of being converted to a second restaurant. The Hickory Shaft Bistro is scheduled to open this spring.

    Brunswick Plantation is also home to 27-holes of Willard Byrd/Clyde Johnson golf with names that conjure up thoughts of Augusta: Azalea, Magnolia and Dogwood. These 27 holes create three different and unique 18-hole layouts, which can create its own weekend golf getaway.

    Although each course has its own distinctive characteristics, they all share one thing in common: well-groomed and speedy Bermuda grass greens. They all have their share of slope and undulation and are “sneaky quick!” The tall Carolina pines that line many of the fairways as well as the water hazards and sand bunkers at Brunswick Plantation will challenge the most seasoned golfer. At the same time, beginners and weekend golfers will appreciate how wide open and extremely forgiving it is from the forward tees. The course will require you to be at your mental best as it requires a combination of shot making, strategy and thought.

    Of the three nine hole tracks, the Magnolia course is somewhat reminiscent of a Scottish links course. You’ll find that many of the large sand and grass bunkers offer a challenge as does the water which comes into play on three holes. Three other holes are heavily bunkered, emphasizing the fact that hazards are a key element of the opening holes. You’ll also find a lot of mounding, primarily on the periphery of the fairways and around the greens. This can make for some uneven lies from the fairway as well as some interesting chip shots onto the greens. The par 5, 6th hole on the Magnolia Course has a little bit of everything. Off the tee, there are fairway bunkers on both sides to contend with, and they come into play regardless of what tees you are playing from. Water come into play off the tee if you pull your shot left; there’s out of bounds if you push it right. Needless to say, good control off the tee is required and, if executed successfully, will set up a decision of whether to go for the green in two. Push your approach shot right and you could easily find one of three nasty little pot bunkers. The green features a false front and is cut on an angle, making approach shots a little tougher. Although there is no bunkering around the green there is a lot of mounding, which can make for a difficult up and down. Par is a good score here!

    Although thick Carolina woodlands offer golfers some beautiful scenery as you make your way around The Azalea course, water is the most dominant hazard you will face on many of the holes. Often, this requires more brains than brawn of you want to put up a low score. The Azalea’s signature hole is Number 4 and features an island green. From the white tees, the hole plays 152 yards. It’s pretty simple: hit the green, make a par. Easier said than done for most! Number 9 on the Azalea Course is an interesting par 5. Large waste bunkers down the left side and water down the right present the perception of a narrow landing area although there is more room out there than you think. Your layup shot is played over water with more sand in the landing area and then a slightly uphill approach shot. At only 450 yards from the White tees, a good drive can set up a decision whether or not to go for the green in two and a possible eagle opportunity. This is yet another good risk/reward hole at Brunswick Plantation.

    The Dogwood Course is Brunswick Plantation’s newest nine and features a very wide open design and beautiful lush fairways. Caw Caw Creek and many large hardwood trees are just a couple of the hazards you’ll encounter as you play your way around the course. The Dogwood nine is not to be taken lightly and will keep you on your toes. Number 7 on the Dogwood Course is a par 5 that plays as great as it looks, even in the early springtime, when the dormant brown rough provides a stunning contrast to the green fairways. This dogleg right features water all down the right side and nasty little pot bunkers in the landing area on the left. The layup shot is played to a narrowing fairway, and you’ll need to be careful with your approach shot as water guards the entire right side of the green, with a sand bunker short right. The long, narrow green is crowned in the middle and requires a delicate touch. This is a well-designed golf hole.

    Before your round at Brunswick Plantation, or if you just want to get in some practice, there’s a full length driving range where you can hit every club in your bag as well as a chipping green complete with practice bunkers, and a large practice putting green. There’s no reason to not be at your best when you step up to the first tee. Inside the plantation-style clubhouse, you’ll find a fully stocked pro shop with a lot of logoed apparel from top name manufacturers as well as your favorite golf balls, gloves and accessories.

    After your round, stop by Champion’s Grille Restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and all of your favorite libations. They can even set you up with a cooler to take back on the course with you as you make the turn. For breakfast, the Brunswick Omelet is a can’t miss and for lunch try their Reuben sandwich, piled high with corned beef and sauerkraut. If you’re not really hungry and just need something to nibble on, their Chicken Quesadillas are big enough to share. Occasionally, they will do dinner and if you ever have the opportunity, I highly advise it.

    Brunswick Plantation also offers privately owned one and two bedroom condos that can easily sleep a foursome. These condos have fully equipped kitchens, living rooms with big screen TVs and comfortable beds. The bedrooms also have flat screen TVs. Better yet, they’re about a 3-minute walk to the pro shop, driving range and first tee.

    With on-site lodging and restaurants, Brunswick Plantation is the perfect place to host a wedding, family or business event. Their event services include hosting, planning, managing and catering. A quick phone call can get the process started.

    With so much golf in the area for customers to choose from, Brunswick Plantation’s goal is to make their customers their biggest advocates. After all, nothing beats word of mouth advertising! They do this by fulfilling the needs of their customers in a valuable and memorable way. The management staff at Brunswick Plantation have instilled in their team several traditional southern values: being friendly, neighborly, and treating people fairly.

    Brunswick Plantation has joined together with several other area courses to offer a number of golf packages that include 3 nights lodging and three rounds of golf for as little as $199 (depending on time of year and availability). And, if you book your stay at one of the Brunswick Plantation villas, you’ll receive 9 extra holes of golf. It’s a perfect way to get in a little practice before the rest of your group joins you or get in that final game before leaving the area.

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  • Prestwick Country Club

    on 02/26/20

    Prestwick CC is the Hidden Gem of Myrtle Beach it’s always in spectacular condition and the Greens are firm and fast it’s a great test for your game You are greeted like Royalty from a Very knowledgeable and helpful Staff. A Must Play. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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  • TPC of Myrtle Beach

    on 02/26/20

    Have not played there since 1999 and wow has it matured into a fantastic track. My son is a much better golfer than I but we both had a fantastic round. The greens were fast and true and the fairways could not have been any better ! Cant wait to play here again.

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  • Prestwick Country Club

    on 02/26/20

    Played Prestwick on Sunday the 23rd and the course was in great shape. Greens were fast and true. Although tight in areas, the finishing holes and number 9 running up to the clubhouse are great holes. I do recommend you play the right tees. Course can play a little long. Will be back.

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  • Barefoot Resort: Fazio

    on 02/26/20

    This was the first course on our package featuring all four Barefoot courses. It exceeded our expectations for it's conditions and playability. It set the table for the rest of our trip. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating from the bag drop to the grill. First class!

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  • Barefoot Resort: Love

    on 02/26/20

    Played this course on a rainy, cold day but the course conditions and playability were exceptional. The elevation changes around the greens gave you several different options should your approach shot miss the mark. Ample landing areas make hitting the fairway possible from any tee box. The staff were very accommodating and the grill offers a great buffet breakfast as well as lunch menu. A must play for your next package.

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  • Whispering Pines

    on 02/19/20

    If you’re a golfer who has ever dreamed about stepping off the plane and right on to the golf course, Whispering Pines Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, SC can come as close as any club in America at making your dream come true. In fact course owner Chip Smith has pictures of golfers lugging their golf bags and luggage across the street to play a round golf course.

    The golf course at Whispering Pines is a challenging as it is beautiful to look at. The course has been carved out of over 200 acres of mature hardwood and towering pine trees. The course originally opened in 1963 and was redesigned by Texas architects Finger, Dye and Spann in1983.

    If you like to see mother nature at her best, this is the place for you! In 1998, Whispering Pines was designated a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by Audubon International. At the time, they were only the 3rd course in South Carolina to achieve this honor.

    For several years, conditions at Whispering Pines deteriorated and the course lost many of their regular players. In 2015, Atlantic Golf Management – who was the previous operators of TPC Myrtle Beach – stepped up and assumed management of the course. Atlantic has made many improvements, including better conditioning of the course, and have plans for many more.

    You’ll find tree-lined fairways, strategically placed lakes, and well undulated TifEagle greens await your arrival at Whispering Pines. Although it’s located across the street from the airport less than five minutes from the heartbeat of the Myrtle Beach oceanfront, Whispering Pines offers golfers tranquility. There are no homes on the course; so no backyards or windows to worry about. It’s just you, mother nature and the occasional fighter jet buzzing overhead!

    Favorite Hole: Number 14, Par 5, 463 yards. If you’re playing this course for the first time, you might look at the scorecard and immediately think “eagle opportunity.” But not so fast; this double dogleg is incredibly difficult to reach in two. Play your tee shot slightly right of the water and your layup shot slightly left of the large tree on the right side. That will leave a short pitch shot into a green cut on an angle and sloping back to front with two bunkers on the right side. This hole requires 3 well placed and controlled shots to have a chance at par or better.

    Favorite Par 3: Number 6, 151 yards. This is an interesting little par 3 that plays over water to a green that slopes back to front. What makes it so interesting is that with a front pin placement, anything short stands a good chance of rolling back down into the water. Bunkers on either side of the green necessitate the need to hit the green.

    Favorite Par 4: Number 8, 390 yards. Another of Whispering Pines challenging holes that features a pond on the left side of the landing area and more water on the right. This creates a narrow landing area, so consider hitting a club that won’t carry to the pond. It will leave a longer approach shot, but better safe than sorry! From there you’ll play to an elevated green. A deep bunker guards the front left of the green and the mounding all around can make for an interesting up and down from the rough. Par is a good score here!

    Favorite Par 5: Number 12, 538 yards. Off the tee, you’ll need to contend with a large tree in the middle of the fairway. Push your tee shot right and you could find the water. Once past the tree, you’ll find smaller trees along the edge of the fairway on the right side, so you’ll need to play your layup shot out to the left to have a clear line into the green. Two small, deep pot bunkers guard the left side; right of the traps and you’re likely to find more water! The green is small with some subtle undulations. No wonder this is the #1 handicap!

    Whispering Pines has some impressive practice facilities including a full-length driving range; a chipping area and practice putting green. You can hit a few balls to get loose before your round or hit a few buckets and work on different aspects of your game so you’ll be ready for your next round. In case you can’t figure things out on your own, golf lessons for all skill levels at the Whispering Pines Golf Academy.

    Unlike many green grass golf pro shops that have given in to the big box golf retailers, the pro shop at Whispering Pines carries a good selection of golf apparel from such well-known companies as Antigua, Callaway, Divots and more. They also have the latest shoes from Nike and Callaway and the prices on the equipment they stock will match or many cases beat the big box outlets. Whispering Pines pro shop also stacks a wide selection of balls, gloves and accessories. Equipment and accessory brands include Adams, Titleist, Callaway, Cleveland, Nike, Wilson, and more.

    Last Word: One thing you’ll notice at Whispering Pines is the size of the greens; for the most part they are small and elevated; a double whammy for many! This places a premium on accuracy on your approach shot. During your round, it’s not uncommon to see military jets doing some practice runs or flying over information. After all, the Myrtle Beach airport was once an Air Force base and the golf course was previously known as Myrtle Beach AFB Golf Club.

    With an above average course rating of 70.9 and a slope of 128 from the White Tees, Whispering Pines offers most golfers a good challenge, with no gimmicks. As you stand on the tee, what you see is what you get, all you have to do is hit the shots and make the putts! It’s a great place to get in the first or last round of your Myrtle Beach golf vacation.

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  • MyrtleBeachGolf.com

    on 02/19/20

    Spring golf can be wet and sloppy. We suggest MBN South & West to be great value, and the conditions are much better than the most affordable early afternoon prices. Sea Trails Maples course also fits into this category, and gives you up and down tree lined movement not normally found at the beach.

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  • MBN – Southcreek

    on 02/19/20

    We suggest MBN South & West to be great value, and the conditions are much better than the most affordable early afternoon prices.

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