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Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

  • Overall: - 7.18

Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club is a Jack Nicklaus design introduced to the Myrtle Beach-area golf scene in fall 1988. The golf course, built around a rice plantation, has acquired multiple awards over the past 25 years.  Nicklaus’ use of Mother Nature to create a beautiful yet challenging layout has earned accolades from around the golf world, including Top 22 course in South Carolina (Golf World), Top 10 Course on the Grand Strand (South Carolina Magazine), America’s Top Courses (Zagat), Best Places to Play 4 Stars (Fodor’s), and Top 25 Layouts (Golf Digest).

There are two golf holes that Nicklaus designed to truly catch the golfer’s eye. The signature hole #13 is a short but challenging par 3. The hole can range from 40-150 yards depending on what tee markers you are playing. Nicklaus really used his imagination and what Mother Nature provided when designing this hole. The tee box is built atop a dike used to separate the marsh from the old rice plantation. He has you hitting to a peninsula green that is small and slopes from back to front.  With this hole always having wind in any direction, a solidly struck tee ball is a must! The finishing hole #18 is a long, challenging par four that frames the pristine white clubhouse behind the green. It requires all you can muster from the tee while avoiding the marsh and sand trap on the left with a heavily wooded area on the right. The green is long and narrow with subtle undulations, and requires a good mid-iron shot into a green protected by water and sand on the left side. A par on this hole will have you leaving the course with all smiles.

  • Overall:
    - 7.18
  • Tees:
    7
  • Greens:
    6
  • Fairways:
    6
  • Proshop:
    8
  • Grill:
    8
  • Staff:
    8
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Last 5 Reviews

Myrtle Beach Golf Insider
  • Paul - Slightly different from the other courses in the area as it goes out into the marsh for several holes which makes it a bit special. It demands accuracy rather than length and my driving was wayward so I spent a lot of time in trouble. Staff were very friendly and helpful as with all the courses we played on this trip. We did not eat there so cannot comment on the grill. Course was in good condition (Caledonia is my benchmark). My wife found the proximity of the houses to the fairways intimidating. I personally would want to play again if my game was in better shape. - 09/02/2016 - 9

  • David - Played here having left Caledonia due to their greens having been punched. Nice layout and greens were decent, however some of the fairways were in terrible condition. We were told that the whole course was due to be punched so they may improve after that. - 06/27/2016 - 7

  • Jordan (Mt. Pleasant, SC) - Greens have recovered quite well from their spring conditions. It's worth a return trip! - 06/13/2016 - 9

  • Jong - Nice course layout. Tough but fair. Back nine reminds me of Tidewater with nice views of the marsh. Conditions were pretty good except for the greens. Very slow and lots of rough patches due to some type of fungus that has killed the grass. Local couple that I played with said that greens should be healed in a month or so. Hopefully the greens will be back soon. Will play again once the greens are back. Staff was very nice especially bag guys who got me started early in front of a large group. Thanks. - 05/02/2016 - 9

  • Mike - Course is not in good shape. Rough is dirt and greens are in very bad shape - bumpy with fungus. Asked before the round how the greens were and was told by the starter that 3 greens had fungus problems...It was more like over half were bad. Would not play there again until conditions improve. - 05/01/2016 - 6

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Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club Articles

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Myrtle Beach Golf Tip from Mel Sole: The Best Training Aid for Putting

Renowned instructor Mel Sole of the Mel Sole Golf School at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C., shows you how a revolutionary training aid can improve your putting stroke. - Read More

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Myrtle Beach Golf Tip from Mel Sole: How to Take a Divot

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Golf Channel’s “Big Break” Coming to Myrtle Beach

Golf Channel announced in July that "Big Break Myrtle Beach," the 22nd season of the network's "Big Break" series, will be hosted on the Grand Strand and feature four renowned Myrtle Beach-area golf courses - including Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club and the Dye, Fazio and Love courses at Barefoot Resort & Golf. - Read More

Mel Sole Golf School Awarded 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

For the third year in a row, the Mel Sole Golf School at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club has received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The award honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor. - Read More

Master the Knockdown Shot with Mel Sole’s Video Tip

In this installment, Mel Sole of the Mel Sole Golf School at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. demonstrates how to execute the knockdown shot. This tip will save you strokes on your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation! - Read More

Meredith’s Take: Make Valentine’s Day Weekend a Couples Golf Outing!

Ten years from now, she won’t remember the roses – but she will treasure the memories of a lifetime you’ll create during the romantic golf weekend you give her at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club. - Read More

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Stroke Savers: The Punchout

Mel Sole, director of instruction at the Ritson-Sole Golf School at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club in Pawleys Island, S.C., shows us how to properly execute the punchout shot from the trees. Video was shot on-location at Pawleys Plantation. - Read More