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Just a short drive north across the state line lies the East Course at The Pearl Club, blending effortlessly with the surrounding, scenic marshlands and nearby Calabash River.
Course architect Dan Maples has tailored this layout with full respect to nature’s surrounding, majestic bounty. Superb conditioning typically showcases quick putting surfaces and expertly trimmed fairways, traits that have helped the East Course earn a four-star rating in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.”
The East Course’s signature hole is the par-4, 396-yard 17th, a spectacular dogleg overlooking the marshland that favors a right-to-left drive off the tee. Hit it well here, and you’ve got a manageable mid-iron approach to a green that’s well-protected by a series of deep bunkers. This leads to a bear of a finish with the par-5 18th, which calls for three skillfully placed shots to give you the best chance for birdie. But be careful, as the entire hole slopes toward the water and stands ready to collect any that go awry.
The course was in excellent condition with very challenging greens. I loved the fact that there were not any homes on the course. The last finishing holes along the Calabash River were just beautiful. I would recommend this course to any golf group. Also, the food at the grill was delicious and reasonably priced. The staff were super friendly.
The course was in good condition and the starters were friendly. Holes 6 and 18 were my favorite. Would play again.
Great considering the prior storm.
I play the Pearl quite often when I am in Calabash for the summer months. Mostly it's convenient and the course is usually in pretty good shape. In fact, it's in about as good a shape as it's been in the last few months. Greens are pretty good and so are the fairways. Rough is reasonable too. Today was the first time I've run into 5-somes playing. Now I usually go out as a single late in the morning amd don't expect any priority in play as a single. When I come behind a 4-some I simply lay back until they are done with the hole and then tee off so as not to push them. I usually just play two balls and have a nice time. Today I got behind 2 5-somes. Even given that a ranger was out riding around. The first one I simply teed off, picked up my ball and jumped ahead of them. No problem. The second one was holding up a 3-some and then I was behind the 3-some. After waiting and waiting for 5 holes I simply picked up on 18 and went to the car. I'll find another course to play while I'm up here for the summer. I must give the course a high rating the criteria they present but allowing 5-somes is just wrong. I hope that policy is worth it for them.
The East course is a good layout but in very average condition. The greens were extremely thin. The West course was in much better condition. I was not aware at the time that I booked, that the two courses have different grass greens. The East is Bermuda and the West is bent.
Excellent layout. Course needs attention.
Was an ok experience. Greens a lot slower than other courses played but ran true. Some fairways needed cut.
A group of 12 of us came down and played several different courses. The design on this course was my favorite. Maintenance wise it gets 5 stars. Greens and fairways are plush.The layout and overall course design was a 5 star for me also. Great eco-friendly-design,the course blends in effortlessly with it's river and marsh surroundings.
Absolutely beautiful course, well designed and manicured. Fairways are in great shape and the greens fast and lush. I look forward to the next golf outing at The Pearl Golf Course!
Update to my review in June. The greens have really come along and are now quite good. There are some sandy spots on some of them to further improve them. While they can come into play simply move the ball around them but it's not really a big problem. But the greens have really been improved. People really nice as usual. This is now well worth playing and very enjoyable.
I've played this course a number of times and always get stuck on the East course. You have to book for a tee time before 9:40 to get on the West due to the grass on those greens. They look great. Not so for the East. I knew they were plugged and sanded recently but decided to play anyway. The greens on this side have always seemed sparse and just something wrong with them. They seem to be rotting and have been for some time. Plugging and sanding them aren't going to help them. Best to play the West, they looked fantastic.
Course was in good shape. Would rate course conditions as 8 overall. Greens were about 8-9. Some thin spots on the green,but ball stilled rolled very well. All greens in the area affected by Winterkill. Even my home course in Winston Salem affected. Definitely would play this course again. Starter was very helpful. I was a single and he got me started 40 min early in front of a 12-some. This allowed me to finish my round in 3 1/2 hours. That was awesome. Very tight course. Can't spray it around too much. Challenging but still fun course to play. Very scenic.
Played both East and West courses this weekend and was amazed at the conditions of both courses. Beautiful layout and perfect greens make for a fun day. Can't wait to get back and play them again.
Played the Pearl East in the morning. Was pleased on how well the grees rolled. Very smooth and still FAST!
Played the Pearl with a group from out of town. The Pearl was in our package, and I must say, I was very impressed. Pro shop staff and bag drop staff we very professional. We played the East Course, great shape, greens were outstanding. Nothing painted here, the course was completely over-seeded. I can't wait to play the West next.
Played the Pearl East with our regular league group. I usually don't write course reviews, but the Pearl East was in such great shape that I had to let everyone know. This is certainly a top-tier course in the Myrtle Beach area.
Played the East Course. Greens were outstanding and rolled FAST! We play here on a regular basis. Out of all of the courses in the Myrtle Beach area, the 2 courses at the Pearl have the best greens I have played.
Beautiful course! Great staff a must play.
Beautiful course! Great greens amazing views! Helpful friendly staff a must play while in Myrtle.
Very nice course, well kept, helpful staff. I liked the Pearl courses the best ... very fun layout.
This place should be on everyone's list. Very nice. The east is in the trees so it seems tight. Good challenge. Greens great. People there were also great. The tees and fairways were a little high due to rain and overseed.
5 hours to play is way too long!
Very tough course.
Course was in overall excellent condition.
Replayed the East and remembered why I didn't like this course. I just don't like the layout--it has some really funky holes that simply don't make sense to me (personal preference). The tee boxes were pretty chewed up, as were the fairways. I guess the East gets more play--it shows it. The greens were terrible...the worse of the 9 rounds we played. They had what appeared to be weeds, or at least a variety of different grasses, and were very bumpy and slow. Just didn't like them at all. For the last round of the trip, The East was a bit of a let down. It was more like one of my courses at home vs. a MB course. Just okay.
Nice course. Slow play. Greens were fair. Excellent shape. April 2013. Beautiful layout. Scorecard did not have hole layouts. Made it difficult to play for the first time. They had them in the clubhouse.
Very nice course..had some tricky holes . the course was poorly marked as to hazzard etc. Gave no distance to water etc. Will play again People were nice
My second favorite course of the four we played. Very good value for the price and better than some higher priced courses I have played on other golf trips to Myrtle.
Played 12/02/12, fairways overseeded, greens continue to be bent grass, light residue remains from the last top dressing, improved conditions from earlier this year, greens can be severe as they are shaped with false fronts and sides, pin placements near the sides of greens are very tough, cart paths are quite tired and need repair, remains good architecture and a nice piece of land.
Tees, fairways and greens had just been overseeded. There was only 1 other group on the course and no beverage service. I highly suggest the hotel check course conditions more often. I was disappointed that I paid a premium price for this.
Beautiful course but should have been closed until the greens were better. Am not pleased that we were not told that we would drive 45 minutes to putt on sand. We should have been given a discount, it was my understanding we paid a premium to play here and under the circumstances it was definitely was not worth it - most times maybe, but not now.
The new in 2011 mini-verde greens on the EAST were smooth, firm and fast. Only #9 had some bad spots. A few tees had new sod, but they need to repair almost every tee, along with some tree removal. Most fairways were good, but the landing areas on #16 + #17 were dry and barren, as if the sprinklers on those 2 fairways were broken for a long time. Pearl West was closed. Earlier we read about a green problem on West. After trying to revive the West's bent greens, they have reseeded the West's greens with bent.
Very good routing. In much better condition than the last time we were there. Staff was extremely accommodating in getting us out for a replay despite our late arrival.
Scheduled to play Pearl West when reservations were made in May/June. West course was closed sometime in May/June and our itinerary was never changed. Staff did a great job of fitting our 2 groups in on the East course.
Better than the last time I had played....
Great design to course but problems with tee boxes and some greens.
Finishing holes are great. Overall nice course. One of my favorite in MB.
We loved Pearl East and would play it again, but was very slow - 5-hour round. Some holes we would play differently now knowing the setup.
Thought course was a great layout, but was very disappointed that I didn't know the west course was shut down. I booked the east, but was planning on playing 36 holes (which I did all on the east), but one the reasons I chose the Pearl was to be able to play 36 different holes rather than the same 18 twice. I would have played somewhere else that had at least 27 holes if I had known that before scheduling.
Played with 11-year-old daughter, the staff very accommodating, thanks.
Nice course, nice staff. Would play again!
Bait & switch. Reserved West - got East. Pushed tee time back 20 minutes. Teed off of DIRT many times today. I have a photo I wish I could upload!
Course in rough shape. Great distinctive layout grass was dead or missing all over the course. Major problem with the course told one price over the phone then charged twice as much when we got there.
This course has really gone downhill. We saw TWO course staff members ... on #18. Very disappointed. Just a few years ago this was a great course.
Greens in very poor condition.
Staff was helpful. Course was in fair condition. Liked the layout. Would play it again and recommend it.
Beautiful setting, no houses or condos, excellent pace of play separation of tee times, grass condition no as good as expected. Great staff.
Great course. Very playable. Pro shop guys were very helpful. Greens are in great shape. Will be playing Pearl West next year.
I must say the Pearl East was a disappointment. While the tees and fairways were in very good shape, the greens were awful. Bad bare spots on each green gave us the impression they were losing them. Also, the greens were so hard approach shots bounced off like they were hitting concrete.
They aerated the greens the week before, so they were very difficult to putt on.
Staff was good.
Very much enjoyed our day. Starter was excellent as were the clubhouse staff. Course was in good shape for this time of year. We will definitely be back.
Not a level tee box to be found; fairways were in bad shape - almost as many weeds as grass.
HORRIBLE. Will never play again. Golf course is in terrible shape. Greens were slow and extremely thin. Fairways and tees were very very long, the cut lines were fresh so they just keep them so high you can't tell the difference between the fairway and the rough. Stay away; it is not the Pearl of old.
Good layout ... greens in pretty bad shape. Have played better.
Will play this one again. Great course.
Always a nice time. We have enjoyed these courses since they opened.
I like the course.
I like this course although clubhouse staff was a bit arrogant. Starter was great. Friendly and easy course to play. Nicely maintained. I will return.
I and 3 friends played this course on Saturday, October 15th. We were told that the greens were just replaced. We found the course in particularly bad shape. The tees were barren in most places as were the fairways and rough. The new greens were opened too soon (in my opinion) and were inconsistent at best, not completely grown in at worst. It turned out to be a bad value for the money paid.
Well conditioned considering wet weather.
We always played here because of bentgrass greens. Did not like the new stuff. Hot dog was terrible. Pro shop prices too high.
They should never had let us out on Pearl East. Greens #5 & #9 were scalped and plugged while the rest of the front side greens were poor. Tee boxes were in terrible shape. If you have any more clients scheduled to play Pearl East, you had better change them or they will be as unhappy as we are with the East Course. Thistle and Crow Creek were very good courses and in great shape. They should have paid us to play Pearl East and then knowing what I know now, we still would not have played it.
This course was in fair condition when we played it on 8/4/11. The greens had problem areas and several were being taken over by crabgrass. Several of the holes are tricked up and not fair, particularly #9. You can hit a perfect tee shot over the corner and still not have a shot to the green. The blue tees and the back tees were unkept and ignored by the grounds crew. The most scenic hole on the course (17) had problems with the fairway as most of it was burnt up. This course has a lot of potential, but needs some TLC and upgrading.
Away from houses, scenery, landscaping, color.
2 great courses at the Pearl and the absolute best customer service anywhere. We will be back every year.
Very nice Dan Maples designed course. I haven't played the course in several years and forgot how pretty it was. 16, 17, 18 are gorgeous finishing holes. Tees and fairways were perfect but the greens were a little grainy. (However, I did play late in the day. No houses on the course and a lot of natural wildlife. Great value as well).
OK, time to eat a little crow. We played this course last year and it was not in great shape. By mistake (my own) we set up tee times on both the East and West courses. Oh, by the way, last year I did not leave a favorable review. The East course was a pleasant surprise. The course was in good shape and a complete turnaround from last year. Still, some tee boxes need work but, overall course is very playable. We played on 5/5. If course stays this way I would play again!
Played it on April 20,2011. Staff VERY helpful. I forgot my camera on the cart & they made sure I got it back. Good layout, no real surprises. Very pleased with course conditions. Great value for the $$$. Lots of gators as well.
Interesting course. Not quite in good condition yet. Challenging and fun layout. We were probably a few weeks too early. No food or drinks included in fee. Somewhat better than average but not outstanding.
This weekend I went to The Pearl with my dad. While he played a round of golf with my brother, I decided to relax at the clubhouse ... I can only rate the tees, greens, and fairways as he described them to me. I wanted to write this review because I was so impressed by the friendliness of the staff at The Pearl. While I waited on my dad and brother to play their game, I did some shopping the the pro shop. I purchased a blue polo shirt, one of those that is made from that breathable material. I also bought my boyfriend a pair of shorts. The prices were very reasonable and the Head Pro was very helpful in showing me the latest offerings. After my shopping, I sat out on the veranda and read a book for a few hours. The weather was beautiful and the view gorgeous. Although I had only ordered a Diet Coke, the bartender made sure to come out to check if I needed a refill on my beverage. Once my dad and brother had finished their round we had lunch in the restaurant. I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich, my dad the chicken strips, and my brother, the burger. Everything was great! We all had a great time. Thank you to The Pearl for a wonderful Saturday afternoon.
Course was in great shape. Staff was very helpful.
Fairways and bunkers were wet but overall course was playable. Do not like having to play cart paths only.
Both Pearls are a favorite for some in the group. Plus, it is nice to go to a location and stay all day since we play 36 each day.
Play this course almost every time we come to MB. No complaints, love the course (especially 17 and 18) and the experience is always good.
Played on August 16th. We play this course every year. The layout is nice, and no housing for now. The only complaint this year was that the greens were slow and not as good as usual, but I will play it again next year for sure. It still is worth it to play this course even if the greens are a bit off at the moment.
Nice layout, some challenging holes. Greens were extremely slow due to the weather conditions. Friendly staff and nice clubhouse. Would play again.
We played on 7/7/2010 and the course was in incredible condition! The fairways were perfect and the greens spotless. The staff was super friendly and they didn't force foursomes so we never had to wait on another group. My only regret is that we didn't book this one twice.
My husband and I have played both the East and West courses at the Pearl. Every year we find the course to be in great shape-nice fairways, good tee boxes and excellent greens. The scenery on the course includes beautiful landscaping and wildlife. The staff is the friendliest of any golf course we played in Myrtle Beach.
Would like to have known prior to play that it was a true links-type course, and that you couldn't stop by the clubhouse for a snack at the turn.
Staf was terrific and the greens were beautiful. Have played both East and West and both are good.
On a recent trip to Myrtle Beach I was fortunate to talk to Michael (Pearl owner). He asked why my group was not playing the Pearl courses. I explained on a trip about 7 years ago we played both courses and the conditions and management was the worst I had ever encountered in 20 years of going to M.B. ! And jokingly I said my group would not play for free! Michael responded with I will buy lunch if you play! Well, we thought at least we will have lunch! The experience was wonderful, the courses are in great shape the staff could not be nicer - and lunch was good! Michael was there to greet us and could not be nicer! To sum it up, if you have not played the Pearl courses you must! If you had a bad experience, go back - all is good! We were so happy we made tee times for our next trip!
The course was the best I have seen in a few years.
Will never play this course ever again! Played 18 holes saw cart girl once, tees, greens, and fairways were not cut that day! Our tee time was 7:10 a.m. Bag guys told us course in the best shape in 10 years; if this was the best in 10 years what did this place look like then? For those of you who are saying that I played bad that day I actually played well. Dont waste your money playing this place!
Overall good condition and well kept!
Beautiful course, well maintained and fair. Crowned greens can be difficult but they keep them a little slow to help the average golfer out. Fun course to play and defintely reccommended.
Tees were a bit rough.
Without seeing a map of the holes or a picture on the tees of each hole, it was difficult to play the hole and know what was ahead. We couldn't believe there wasn't something to guide us, especially since this was our first time there. I wish we knew that before we started to play. I'm not sure if we will return.
With the harsh weather in the previous weeks the course was in OK condition, the roughs were not overseeded. Even with the cold conditions I almost stepped on a gator looking for my ball near the water (pretty cool).
Friendly layout, very straightforward. Greens and bunkers need work - by work, I mean please spray to remove the grass from out the bunkers. Nice staff.
Nice layout. Great finishing hole up to clubhouse and porch.
The course is beautiful, and challenging enough to keep your interest. Lots of wildlife and a gator!
First time playing with my son and good friend, all males. Beautiful course; looking forward to a return.
Disappointed with the greens. The cups looked like they hadn't been moved in a week.
Great layout - Fairways and greens were some of the best we played down here - Very polite staff - Keeping this one on the short list.
Great course. The group did not feel rushed and enjoyed the scenery.
Good, honest course. Greens are very nice but not easy to read, and pace of play was very good in the summer. It's a bit narrow off the tee at times, so think your way around. Good quality for your money.
Beautiful layout with a great finish along the Calabash River. Challenging course. Greens and fairways were in great shape, very friendly staff.
Very friendly staff. Had a great time on the course. Excellent and challenging design, would definitely play again.
Worst Value - you should be ashamed that you would charge over $90 to play there.