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Course designer Mike Stranz has truly built a Lowcountry masterpiece, with fertile landscape of twisted live oaks and towering pines, tidal creeks and salt marshes as the backdrop for this magnificent course. True Blue Golf Plantation has been recognized by Golf Digest as the “No. 1 Public Course in the Myrtle Beach Area”, and made the list of “America’s Top 100 Public Courses.” The most recognized holes at True Blue are actually the first set of holes that includes two par 5’s and an island green par 3. Players that survive the first four at close to “their par” are setup for a good scoring day. So be ready at the first tee.
One of the Grand Strand’s premier designs along with sister course Caledonia, True Blue Golf Plantation has recently earned an overall rating of 8.8 from reviewers at the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, garnering praise for course conditions, scenic views, and course layout.
Great golf course. Very fair but challenging.
True Blue is one of those courses that, after you get a taste of it, you just want more. The course is one of only a handful of Mike Stranz courses; in fact, there are two here, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club being the other. True Blue is built on the site of a once thriving indigo and rice plantation. Stranz was more than a golf course architect, he was a golf course artist. His courses seem to blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings. True Blue seems to rise out of the ground like a Phoenix rising from the ashes; it’s also one of the most creative golf courses you will ever play. Stranz’ creativity in design requires creativity in your shot making as you make your way around a course that has incorporated salt marshes, wetlands and maritime forests of twisting live oaks and pine trees into the layout creating memories that are one of a kind. True Blue Golf Club was Mike Strantz’s fourth signature golf course, and opened to rave reviews in February 1998. Caledonia opened in 1994 and shortly after True Blue opened, Stranz was named “Architect of the Year” by Golf World. The course is not without its share of notoriety, being ranked 77th on Golf Magazine's Top 100 Public Courses in America list and 6th best public course in South Carolina. Golf Digest has also seen fit to rank True Blue the 29th best course in South Carolina (8th among public courses) and gave it 4 ½ stars for “Places to Play”. But this course is not just for the guys; Golf for Women Magazine recognized True Blue as one of the country’s Top 100 Courses for Women. The course is an absolute must-play for any golfer visiting Myrtle Beach. Sand is a legitimate concern at True Blue as it figures into every hole on the course, and some of it will penalize you severely. Technically, there are no bunkers; every grain of sand out here is considered a waste area. It’s packed down in many areas so, unless you’re adept at hitting off your kitchen table, it can be a little tricky. Feel free to ground away, take some practice swings, even drive the cart through it; whatever you have to do to get the ball on the green. Because that’s when the fun starts! Most golfers have never experienced greens like this before in their lives. They are some of the most unique sizes and shapes around. And, unlike designers who like to bury elephants in their greens, Stranz relies on lengthy angular greens - many slanting from back to front - putting an emphasis on slope and speed for longer putts. True Blue offers a set of tees to fit everyone’s game. When in doubt, play the shorter set, you’ll have more fun. Bit off more than you can chew out here and you could be in for a long day. The Back/Gold Tees measure 7,126 yards with a course rating of 74.5 and a 138 slope. Most golfers will find that the White Tees (6,375 yards/71.1/132) will give them all the golf they can handle and still leave with a little dignity. Of course, that part depends on how you fare on Number 18, more on that in a minute. Seniors typically play from the Black Tees (5,736/68.2/123) while ladies will enjoy themselves from the Green Tees (4,995/69.3/125). Here are a few of the most memorable holes: Favorite Par 3: number 3, 141 yards (White Tees). This hole can make or break your round early on. Depending on the pin position there can be a 25-yard difference between front and back. The hole plays a lot tougher with the pin in front because the landing area is smaller. Also, if the pin’s up front and you hit it short or long, you’re in the bunker, which sits well below the putting surface. Regardless of pin position, it’s all carry over water and sand to an island green. If the pin is in the back, play to the right of the hole and let the ball funnel down towards it. Par is a good score here. This is a good display of Mike Stranz the artist. Favorite Par 4: Number 18, 406 Yards. Stranz has indeed saved the best for last. Water is in play all the way down the left side and the fairway slopes off on the right into a large waste bunker. It’s 200+ yards to carry the bunker just across the water and if you can find the middle of the fairway off the tee, you’re halfway there. Play your approach shot into a long narrow green that angles back left to front right and slopes down towards the water which protects the entire left side. Once you get on the green the fun begins as onlookers from the clubhouse porch cheer and jeer your efforts. This may be as close as you ever get to playing in front of a gallery so relish the moment. Favorite Par 5: Number 1, 499 yards (White Tees). For my money, True Blue starts you out with the best hole on the course and builds from there. Waste bunkers frame the left side of the fairway on this long dogleg left, leading up to a creek in front of a well elevated green, meaning you’ll have to use an aerial approach. For most players it’s a three-shot hole because of the creek. To complicate matters, there’s a bunker that wraps around most of the green which is very narrow, yet receptive. A good-looking golf hole that can be tamed. Best Chance for a Low Number: Number 4. Par 5, 493 yards. A low number can be had with two good shots back-to-back as long as you’re willing to risk it. A well struck drive in the neighborhood of 250 yards that finds the middle or left side of the fairway will leave a second shot of around 220 yards into the green. Here’s where the risk comes in: it’s all carry over water with sand catching anything left or right of the putting surface. It’s one of the smaller greens on the course but receptive to long approach shots. Whatever you do, avoid the pot bunker to the right of the green; it’s a tough up and down. Go for it; you didn’t come here to lay up! Last Word: True Blue certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the best golf courses in South Carolina. The late Mike Stranz sure did himself proud. Other than the par 3s, most of the holes are doglegs, some of which are created by the presence of the waste bunkers. This places an emphasis on distance and direction control. Spend too time in the waste bunkers and you’ll wish you went to the beach. A lot of the rough is cut just slightly longer than the fairway which tends to let the ball roll more, which can be both good and bad. Many of the fairways are framed by waste bunkers, which adds to the natural beauty of the course. As a whole, the course is challenging without being overly taxing. It will make you play every club in your bag, and play them well. Also, there are some pretty significant elevation changes (+/- a club or two) which is unique for this part of the state True Blue has some pretty impressive practice facilities too. Range balls are included with your greens fees and it’s highly advised that you hit all the balls they give you. There are a number of targets at varying distances so you can hit every club in your bag. Be sure to practice your bunker play; if you can make it around this course without having to play out of the sand, you’ve accomplished something! Inside the clubhouse you will find a pro shop packed with all kinds of logoed gear from top apparel companies and some new up and comers. The True Blue Grillroom serve up all of you favorite post-golf libations as well as some authentic Lowcountry food. Breakfast is served from 7 am – 10:30 AM and lunch is available from 11 am – 3 pm. True Blue is a proud member of the Waccamaw Golf Trail.
Most over-valued course in MB, the practice facilities, greens, tees, cart paths, course information and overall course maintenance were extremely poor, by far the worst of the 7 courses we played this week. The price should be $70, not $170. Further, a number of holes are blind tee shots, no course information was provided on the tees or in the form of a players handbook, which should be included for that price. Do not waste your money here, play the TPC instead, better course and experience.
No GPS, cart paths difficult and poorly maintained. No club scrubbers. Course layout was confusing and inconvienient.
After all the rains, cart path only which makes for a long day, but still a great course with beautiful holes. It played extremely long because of the wet conditions but I would return in a heartbeat. We got a deal and paid just $59 a person which was good. I wouldn't pay some of the standard fees for this course but it was worth the money. The girl at the bag drop was very friendly and helpful advising us of some of the other area courses to play. Pace was great because of the 10 minute tee times, not 8. Wide open fairways but LOTS of sand and water as well. A great day.
What a beautiful course. Unfortunately we played the day after it had 3 of rain. Cart path only, and the starter told us to try and keep our round at 4.5 hrs. The bigger joke was that they came around timing us to ensure that we were compliant. I would to play the course under dryer conditions. The greens were great the fairways manicured nicely, but the course was just too wet to really enjoy it to its fullest. The waste areas are a visual distraction off the tee for sure, but if you missed the fairway and landed in one, they were so firm there was no problem hitting out. The greenside bunkers I'd say was the only drawback that I noticed. There was very little sand at best. More of a dirt consistency which in term became mud after the rain. If you have a chance to play this course, its a good one to put on the list.
We were concerned, it's known as a great layout and highly regarded by all the publications, but had heard the conditioning was off earlier this Spring, overall we thought the course was really good. Manicured bunkers, fairways mowed tight,the greens had some thin spots but rolled well overall. Real gem of a layout with friendly staff.
My wife and I visit MB every Spring and Fall. We heard the winter was rough here. The course is usually in excellent condition, overall it was good, not great this trip. Have played it at least a dozen times and it is one of our favorites.
Terrible shape tee to greens was told they had a bad freeze which caused the conditions to be as bad as they were. Only problem the other 4 courses we played next door were not affected. Save your money.
We were rushed and there was nowhere to go waiting on every shot not what you would expect
Enjoyed the course very much.
Best conditions of the week! Coupled with a great pro shop staff.
Super course. Highly recommend for a to do playlist.
A great second shot course. Great design.
Played here 3 times love this place as always greens,tee boxes,fairways great condition this course has it all great par 5's good mix of par 4's tough par 3's this place is a tough test also on 18 saw a gator in fairway sand trap staff was great too
Very beautifull course but the Green or not in good shape
Big rain night befofe but nice course
What a great day. Staff was awesome, very friendly and helpful. We played in under 4 hours on a beautiful course like this, can't ask for much more than that! Solid 10 in my book, will be back.
Phenomenal course from 1-18! Love the 5 par 5's and 5 par 3's really gives you a chance to grip and rip drive and score well as well. Staff was great, our group makes this the last day with Caledonia every year! We will see you again next year! - Greg
Cart paths are way too far from tee boxes and greens. Speed of play is hurt by this. I would never play this course again.
A little bummed out that I was not told greens had been recently punched when I called to make reservation. After we got past that I loved the course. Great imagination, beautiful views, very unique looking par 3's. if I was told ahead of time about greens, I would have made other arrangements. Played Caladonia to make it a 36 hole day...thought that track was fantastic in every way. From condition to the people...I will be back, soon.
Sand traps were awful
This is a must play course. The fair conditions I checked above were a result of the heavy rains they've had over the last week. It was cart paths only and the fairways were very wet ! Normally the conditions would be excellent. The holes are challenging but fair. Beautiful layout but a long walk if cart paths only. My wife, a high handicap also enjoyed the course> I played from the whites, I'm 71 but the 2 guys who they paired us with are big hitters and they also played from the whites. They each own a condo there and ate low handicaps and big hitters. Accuracy to the greens is the challenge. Highly recommended.
The employees have forgotten that the customer is important. They did not use good judgemnent in customer relations involving starting and pace of play. We will not return here. Course conditions were good.
Great golf experience. The course guide book is an absolute must or you will be in real trouble off the tees on most holes.
True Blue was great. If u are wondering if u want to play here, YOU SHOULD. The greens are perfect (11.5 - 12) Phil the cart guy was a great asset to the course. He was very helpful and nice. We went off at 12 and was able to play 27. Replay was $40 for 9.
Nicest course we played. Loved the practice areas. Free range balls and friendly staff were nice perks.
The fairways were in great condition and the on-course staff were great. The greens had been plugged within the last 2 weeks so they were not in great condition. Would recommend this course to low handicappers. Might be tough for the higher handicappers.
Greens are way too fast for the average player.
Way overpriced for the value; if you like hitting out of someone's footprint from a greenside bunker then go there. They stopped maintaining their sand traps and I will never return. Better places to play for the money.
Love the course. Would like to have GPS in carts to make it even better. There were, though, plenty of markings to show distance.
This course is a monster from even the Blue tees, let alone the Black. The fairways are larger than any I have ever played, which takes a couple holes to get used to. Greens were the best we played all week. A must-play if your visiting Myrtle.
Wide fairways and large greens were a nice contrast to the length of the course. The cart paths in the sand bordering nearly every hole was a unique feature and made the course a little more playable in the event of an errant ball.
Long, hard fairway bunkers/cart paths were NOT enjoyable aspects of the course. In fact, all wet, hard bunkers after a week without rain were very disappointing.
Great course, great time. A must for anyone visiting Myrtle Beach to play golf.
Fantastic course - I highly recommend. Lots of room off the tees. Gets tough from there but the course is playable, you won't lose many balls, but is very challenging.
Course was cart path only due to overseeding and watering for the same. It would have been beneficial to have had cart GPS, and for the price of the green fees should have been a standard. Greens run very true.
Stunning course, loved the fairways, like walking on a carpet.
Greens not as smooth as expected. Overall experience was good and will return in the future.
Along with Caledonia, True Blue is without question the finest golf course and facility on the Grand Strand. Bottom line, it doesn't get any better than this.
Challenging course, Fairly placed hazards. The sand traps were not kept well. I would suggest the sister course Caledonia over True Blue. Great clubhouse! Great time to have a drink after the round and watch the action to the 18th green.
Unfortunately we were only a twosome; still the play took 5.5 hrs; we were behind two very very slow threesomes. the course beautiful but the play so slow..it was a miserable day. The attitude in the pro show was bad...they paid and like everyone else they deserve to play. This is crap...they desired to play within an alloted time and if they couldn't keep up the pace they should have been made to pick up. Unfortunately we will not return to True Blue simply because of this laissez faire attitude.
Can't wait to play here again.
Posted on 12/18
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