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Barefoot Resort - Norman Course

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Golf Digest named the Norman Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf as one of “The Top 60 Courses in Myrtle Beach” (#43 in 2010;  #28 in 2005) as well as awarded the course 4 stars in its “Places to Play” guide for 2004.  Also in 2006, Golfstyles Carolinas recognized the golf course as one of “100 Must Play Courses of the Carolinas.”

The Norman Course at Barefoot is comprised of seven holes along the Intracoastal Waterway. The 203-yard 10th is a beautiful hole that measures 176 yards from the black tees and is quite possibly the most memorable on the course. The hole sits atop a bluff along the west bank of the Intracoastal Waterway and features a steep downhill tee shot to a green situated between the Waterway on the right and a large bunker front left. The wide 420-yard 11th has a waste bunker that comes across the front of the green from the left, and is followed by a pair of tough par-4s. The left portion of the green on the 438-yard 12th is tucked behind wetlands, and the 440-yard 13th has a waste bunker down the left side of the fairway and both trees and out-of-bounds stakes right of a wide fairway. The Intracoastal, which runs along the right side of the 387-yard 14th hole, sits behind the 13th green. This completes a very nice stretch of par four holes.

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Josh

05/29/2016

Booked this at last minute. Doubt I'd play again. The GPS in cart never seemed to match what scorecard showed should have been. Not sure which was supposed be right. Just used my own and didn't pay attention to it after a few holes. Greens were fast which is fine but they also seemed torn up. Just not in good shape. Overall course not bad but can play much nicer for less.

James

12/18/2015

Course is in great shape tee to green. A few fairways were wet and not cut but all others were perfect. Overseeded fairways, tees, and greens has the course looking great. Waterway holes especially #10 very mermorable.

Jerry

08/01/2015

Played Barefoot-Love in March and was disappointed. A little disappointed in Norman this week although better than the painted greens/fairways at Love in March. GPS in carts are a nice touch and it's the best layout of all the Barefoot courses. Putting green was closed as it must be under construction. More like a country club atmosphere with the staff etc. Complimentary shoe shine a nice perk.

Ed

07/26/2015

I agree with the previous review...Barefoot has ruined the 18th Hole on the Norman Course....What Was a great finishing Par 5 was ruined and is now a dull Par 4. SHAME on Barefoot for destroying the original Greg Norman Layout...It's a loss

Logan (Mooresville, NC)

07/22/2015

Clubhouse and staff were great. Course not up to standards compared to the times I've played Norman course before. I'd estimate I've played it 5-6 times previously.

John

07/06/2015

I've now played all of the Barefoot courses and although the Norman course is good, I would say it ranks number four for me. Layout was OK, as there were some really nice holes, but also some very forgettable ones. Some of the holes on the Intracoastal waterway had great potential but didn't seem to take full advantage of the location. The course wasn't particularly difficult, but could jump up and bite you if you lost focus. My biggest disappointment was the 18th hole, which was obviously designed as a par 5 or long par 4, but the original tee boxes seemed to be abandoned in favor of shorter ones, taking much of the drama away. Overall I was satisfied for the $55 afternoon rate, but it's not on my short list. I certainly wouldn't pay the $110 rack rate for it. Greens had not yet been punched so that was a big reason we chose this one.

Gary (Plymouth, MI)

06/21/2015

Nice course and clubhouse. We had 3 20-plus handicappers course was a little tight at times. It helped a lot to have GPS yardage on the course. Still had a great time.

Ron

05/26/2015

Mid handicappers from the UK. An enjoyable round with a wide open feel about the course though the greens are well protected. Greens were in better condition than the other Barefoot courses.

Timothy

02/09/2015

The staff was nice and helpful but the course was not all I was expecting. Almost the whole course is lined with condos and not very visually pleasing. A couple holes near the Intracoastal were away from the condos but not many. As for the course, the fairways were painted and very thin. Not in good shape. Greens were only okay but nothing special. The layout is not exciting at all. The Fazio and Love courses are much better. I would choose this last of the Barefoot courses.

Ryan (Plymouth, MI)

12/29/2014

Very nice course, well kept, helpful staff. Only things I can think of that were least appealing were the prices.

Rodney (Kingsford, MI)

12/15/2014

We did not like the painted greens.

Jerry (Rochester, NY)

12/11/2014

Excellent.

Dan (Hephzibah, GA)

11/13/2014

Top notch experience from start to finish. Best course we played during our stay. Staff was great, course was in marvelous shape. I'll definitely be back and recommend Barefoot Resorts to my colleagues.

Fred (Newton Center, MA)

11/13/2014

Very average feel to the course. Short; nice enough but nothing special after playing the other 3 Barefoot courses.

Brian (Ocean City, MD)

11/09/2014

The whole complex at Barefoot Landing was excellent. Our only problem on the day was that it was cart path only, because of the rain a couple days before. We just had to deal with it. Otherwise the course was great.

John (Roscoe, IL)

10/27/2014

All the greens had been top dressed with sand and were very difficult to read.

Don (Chambersburg, PA)

10/27/2014

Enjoyed playing there in 2013, booked again this year.

Gary (Youngstown, OH)

10/16/2014

Every hole seemed to be by itself, not real crowded, able to play at a good speed, love the holes by the waterway.

Joe (Spring City, PA)

10/09/2014

Very good.

Gary (London, UK)

08/22/2014

Played on 20th August. Course was very wet but the greens were still excellent. The 18th has been shorter not a par 4 due to maintenance on the tees.

Gary (London UK)

08/21/2014

It was very wet in places and the 18th tee area is being refurbished so it plays as a par 4. Good layout and some special holes.

Jake (Elberton, GA)

07/24/2014

Nice course but had a few bad areas around the greens

Larry (Midlothian, VA)

07/24/2014

This was a challenging course and played long. The layout is exceptional and very picturesque. Course was in excellent shape and had some risk/reward holes for great placement of drives and/or approach shots.

Roger

06/18/2014

Like all the Barefoot courses this was great. Good shape, staff was very friendly. Just a very enjoyable time

Brian (Whitby, ON)

06/03/2014

Really good

Roger

06/02/2014

We played Norman today, 5/18/14. We have handicaps from 10 to 30. We all had a great time. The staff were very good. The course from tee to green was excellent. All the barefoot courses are great & I would recommend them to all who come to North Myrtle for exceptional golf.

Mike (Grove City, OH)

06/02/2014

Very overrated course for the price. Paid for Normans name.

Terry (Lancaster, NY)

04/30/2014

Spectacular

Eric (West Fargo, ND)

03/07/2014

The only low rating was for an unrecognized nor admitted mistake. We played Love in the morning and arranged for a tee time in the afternoon. Our choices were Fazio 80 minutes later or Norman almost 2 hours later. We chatted for 30 seconds, chose Fazio, paid, got our ticket, and had lunch. Went to the putting green, the starter asked for our slip and..... it said Norman and the later start. My fault for not checking closer, but didn't think it could get screwed up. Sure it was busy, but the starter didn't seem to care, didn't even appologize, he just wanted to keep things moving, so we had to wait for Norman. Norman was slow, but it was busy and a beautiful day, so we initially didn't care.... until the ranger came up and put a single with the 4-some in front of us which really slowed things down. On 16 the friendly five some let us pass, but not at the direction of the ranger, only on their own accord. Norman was fun and dramatically different from Love right next door. Definitely an 'iron' course. Most drives were straight and fair, but the second iron shot needed to be well placed in order to score. Course was in great shape Love the Barefoot courses, will return, just a few things to keep in mind to improve it. The course is 1/2 of the satisfaction equation, but the service, knowledge, and professionalism is an equal second 1/2 of that same equation.

Dane (North Augusta, SC)

01/30/2014

Great

Youn (Potomac, MD)

12/23/2013

Great

Richard (Galion, OH)

11/15/2013

Best course of the week. Does have a lot of Condo's and I hit two of them. I like the layout better than the Love course. Best greens we played that week. Be sure to hit enough club on the par 3 10th, short is bad with the bunker on the front left.

Greg (Durham, NC)

10/10/2013

Really enjoyed it. Nice varity of holes, beautiful landscaping.

Bill (Glen Rock, NJ)

09/26/2013

All of the greens were sanded which we were never notified of prior to playing. At the rates they charge we should have been given a courtesy call to let us know.

Keith (Myrtle Beach, SC)

08/20/2013

Will not play again

Stephen (Oakville, ON)

05/27/2013

GPS was extremely helpful

Frank (Demarest, NJ)

05/01/2013

Good

Matt

03/14/2013

Good

Chad (Sandy Risge, NC)

03/08/2013

New style greens are hard to get use to because you can't get a ball to bite so you can't really go after the pin but they roll very well.

John (Bel Air, MD)

11/05/2012

Excellent.

Steve (Carbonear, NF)

10/27/2012

Never miss; loved it.

Richard (Pittsburgh, PA)

09/20/2012

Course was in fantastic condition. Challenging but not too bad. we were going right out for another 18, and the grill had no ready-to-go sandwiches ... really slowed us down.

John (Anchorage, AK)

09/04/2012

Great recreational course, in great shape ... thanks.

Ed

08/19/2012

I love this course. Awesome conditions all around. Great breakfast at clubhouse, quick service. Waterway holes are great and 18 too.

Randy

07/19/2012

The course was in excellent condition except for the greens. There weren't any dead spots, but most all of them were covered in sand. I really love this course, but here comes the downside. I should have known that play may have been a bit slow with only charging $60 to play. We arrived at 1 p.m. for our 1:33 p.m. tee time. Generally, you are able to go ahead and tee it up. We ended up waiting until 2 p.m. to tee off. Our round was 5 hours and 8 minutes. The cart GPS, which was quite informative, showed us at 43 minutes behind pace. We were not playing slow by any means. I would say that this was by far our worst experience in 20+ years of coming to the Strand.

Marc (Mascouche, QC)

06/07/2012

Excellent golf experience.

Art

05/31/2012

GPS is on the carts. This was my first BF Norman play in 8 years, so I noticed a lot more housing around the course than I saw in the past. The new Norman golf academy is going up next to the #17 green. Tees, fairways and bunkers were in good condition. The bunker sand sucks, since it is full of pebbles and shells, that end up on the green. The new in 2011 champions greens were firm and fast. Norman has wide fairways, few traps, chipping areas, fairly level greens and pine straw under the trees. Norman is the least difficult at BF. Several holes are on the waterway with a great waterway par 3 #10.

Jeffrey (Ellicott City, MD)

05/25/2012

Starter was very friendly. Clubhouse and restaurant were very nice. Complementary shoe shine was excellent - much better than when I clean my shoes. The course has huge waste bunkers that, after a while, become tiresome. For this reason, the course seems kind of gimmicky. The holes along the waterway are not as pretty as I expected due to businesses on the other side, but the houses on the waterway are magnificent. The greens were not in great shape; very fast, lots of sand on them, and very short grass. I was told they were replaced last year and have not come in yet. I would play the other Barefoot courses over this one.

Jeff (Naples, FL)

05/13/2012

Outstanding.

Kim (Tiny, ON)

05/09/2012

Excellent.

Rick (Fairview, Penn.)

04/23/2012

Excellent.

Ed

04/17/2012

This a a great course, the back nine is awesome along the Intracoastal, greens are immaculate; great, great experience. Played it three times; always on my list.

Ginette (Ottawa, Ontario)

03/30/2012

Overall it is a very nice course.

Bill (New Rochelle, N.Y.)

11/15/2011

Norman is the weakest of the 4 courses, but still head and shoulders above most of the courses in the area. New greens in fantastic condition.Prices are steep, would play again if budget allows.

John (Bel Air, Md.)

11/08/2011

Very enjoyable - friendly course.

Jake

10/20/2011

Course was in outstanding shape. Only problem I had was there was nothing at the turn but a vending machine; for the money you pay you should be able to get something more. Kitchen was also closed by the time we got finished, which was only 6 p.m.

Michael (Adamstown, Md.)

10/16/2011

Bunker sand was OK.

George

09/13/2011

New greens OK, good layout.

William (Winston Salem, N.C.)

06/22/2011

Professional in all respects. Best condition. Norman course is playable for moderate handicap. Grill is very good although service is sometimes slow.

James (Evans, Ga.)

06/21/2011

Norman course is the most forgiving of the 4 Barefoot courses. Very fun to play.

Azlan (Grimsby, Ontario)

04/24/2011

Not a bad course. Bottom of the four Barefoot courses. Green were sandy and not very receptive to approach shots.

Sean (Ladson, S.C.)

02/15/2011

The weakest of the 4 courses but it's a fun course. Not too hard, long or tight. Has some good holes on the water. Everything was in good shape except for the greens. They were slower and in a little rougher shape than the others.

Rich (Toms River, N.J.)

01/15/2011

How in the world do they charge $118 for this course @ this time of year? Just because it is part of other good courses @ Barefoot does not make it a top 25 track. The course only has a few good golf holes. The management has to wake up before it's too late.

Clay (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

10/26/2010

Played on Friday, October 22 and had a great time. Pace of play was excellent, everyone at the course was pleasant and the greens rolled very well and true. There were a few thin spots on the first few greens but the pin placements were in areas that were unaffected by the summer decline. I would definitely recommend this course to others. Excellent Greg Norman golf course!

Dannie (Maidstone, Ontario)

10/19/2010

Some of the greens were in terrible shape and it made putting a very unpleasant experience.

Rich (Toms River, N.J.)

10/11/2010

This the weakest of the Barefoot courses. Any time the greens are that bad there is a money problem somewhere! The Barefoot reputation is starting to come into question. Take the Barefoot name away from the Norman course and it would not be in the top 35 courses in MB.

Rick (Missouri City, Tex.)

09/27/2010

Played this course in the Golf.com World Am. The course should have been closed down and not played. They have NO GREENS. Over half of the greens were packed, painted sand. Almost impossible to putt. Of all the Barefoot courses, this one was definitely in unplayable condition.

Lazaros (Toronto, Ontario)

04/01/2010

Very good course ... staff were great ... really enjoyed playing ... will play again ... played Fazio in the afternoon ... exceptional course ...

Neil (Rougemont, N.C.)

04/01/2010

Excellent.

Bret (New Prague, Minn.)

03/31/2010

Very nice course, superior attention from the employees.

John (Buford, Ga.)

11/10/2009

Excellent, beautiful course, Everything was perfect at the Norman.

Roger (Fredonia, N.Y.)

11/10/2009

I have wanted to play this course since its inception. Was disappointed with overall condition especially the greenside bunkers. This is one course that is truly surrounded with condos.

Cris (Pittstown, N.J.)

09/30/2009

I like all the courses here but this year they were in bad shape.

Charles (Chilliwack, B.C.)

09/17/2009

Great start to the World Am.

James (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

09/14/2009

The Norman course is my third favorite course at Barefoot. The design is great and the conditions are always fantastic. The par-3 along the waterway is a very memorable hole.

Bob (Springfield, Ill.)

08/26/2009

All the Barefoot courses are nice. I think the Norman is the most underrated. It gets the least play but has the smoothest, quickest greens. They have very subtle break and tough pitch shots if you miss the green. It has 2 of the best par 3s and a couple of really nice par 5s.

Lenny (Fredericksburg, Va.)

08/01/2009

Good course. One green had a bare line through it. Other than that it was nice.

Greg (Enon, Ohio)

07/18/2009

Nice course to end the trip on. Go home with decent scores.

On Barefoot – Dye:

We played the back tees which probably was a mistake for me. My buddy scored an 82 from back there, so I played it with him. Your starter needs to keep his opinion of who should play back there to himself (Ace). If I want to spend my money, not slow anyone down, and torture myself, that should not be discouraged by anyone on your staff.

On Barefoot – Fazio:

Super course and experience. Your staff at the carts do a great job of juggling three courses.

On Barefoot – Love:

Good enough to bring me back in future years.

On MB National – King’s North:

My favorite course in Myrtle Beach. Beautifully maintained while providing various shots and decisions.

On Long Bay Club:

Love the course. Played it six times now and will always make it part of my golf trips.

Robert (Albemarle, N.C.)

06/29/2009

Enjoyed my time at the course Saturday. Course conditions lived up to my expectations. The only problem that I had was that the course ranger on the first seven holes continued to tell us to speed up at least 4 times. Our GPS system told use we were 7 mins. behind pace. To my knowledge that is less than half of a hole behind. It got to a point that we finally told him that we were tired of being bothered and that we had paid a lot of money to play and to leave us alone. We did not have anyone behind us that we were holding up, I counted 3 times that the group behind us had to wait to hit their approach shots. I could understand if the group behind us complained if we were slow playing but I don't believe that was the case since the ranger always came from the hole in front of us. After the final altercation with the ranger we were not bothered again. I still enjoyed my experience and plan to play other Barefoot courses in the future.

Robert (Albemarle, N.C.)

06/29/2009

Enjoyed my time at the course Saturday. Course conditions lived up to my expectations. The only problem that I had was that the course ranger on the first seven holes continued to tell us to speed up at least 4 times. Our GPS system told use we were 7 mins. behind pace. To my knowledge that is less than half of a hole behind. It got to a point that we finally told him that we were tired of being bothered and that we had paid a lot of money to play and to leave us alone. We did not have anyone behind us that we were holding up, I counted 3 times that the group behind us had to wait to hit their approach shots. I could understand if the group behind us complained if we were slow playing but I don't believe that was the case since the ranger always came from the hole in front of us. After the final altercation with the ranger we were not bothered again. I still enjoyed my experience and plan to play other Barefoot courses in the future.

Doug

03/27/2009

good

Paul (Limerick, Ireland)

02/15/2009

Played Aug. 14, 2008: Greens were scored, but a lovely layout.

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