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Oyster Bay Golf Links has a long history of success and accolades. Dating back to 1983, Oyster Bay has been plucking out awards for its innovated design and elements by Golf Digest. Voted best "Resort Course of the Year," and ranked by the same publication among the top 50 public courses in the country in 1990, Oyster Bay is shelling out the goods. But the accolades don’t stop there. Golf Digest also voted this course among its “Best Places to Play” in 2005 with 4 stars (2003: 5 stars; 2001: 4 1/2 stars) and "Best Public Golf Courses In North Carolina" by Golf Magazine in 2008. This par-70 course designed by Dan Maples plays to just less than 6,700 yards. The course features hollowing bunkers, tricky undulating greens and lengthy par 4's that challenge the golfer’s long game. Oyster Bay is the golfer’s test around the challenges of the southern Lowcountry marshes against the backdrop of the maritime forest.
Located in charming Sunset Beach, Oyster Bay Golf Links is just a leap north of Myrtle Beach. Many golfers return here, year after year, with a hearty appetite to enjoy the pristine beauty, links style course, and the ever-popular risk/reward signature holes. One signature hole is #13, a 330-yard par 4, featuring a lake that skirts the entire right side of the fairway. This requires an approach shot to a cunning undulating green resting against an oyster shell wall that rises out of the lake. Be prepared to bring your short game to Oyster Bay, as accuracy around the greens is crucial. The other signature hole is #17, a 165-yard par 3, requiring a tee shot from an oyster shell-walled tee box to an island green built on a mountain of shells. The marshland at Oyster Bay presents a menu of challenges, so be prepared for a great feast of golfing delights … or you may find yourself in the bay plucking and shucking the oysters you will find there.
Tough course, small greens. Easy off the tees but your approach shot has to be “on target”!
A cow pasture stay away greens are dirt,fairways horrible looks like they are closing it!
A Lot of Gators to be seen on the course. Great condition in and around the marshlands.
For winter play course was in pretty fair shape, great value with breakfast, lunch and 2 drinks included in green and cart fees. Kitchen staff was awesome. Everyone was extremely friendly and courteous.
Fair and balance as a local. A superb layout but the course is tired out and to be honest with you I can see this legend course on the selling block. Cart paths are in disarray, the greens and tee boxes are a in crude condition at best id you compare it with many courses around the area. If you are looking for scenic, free breakfast and lunch with 2 drinks you are at the right place but if you came down to the area play GOLF it's my opinion that this will not cut for you!
We were able to book 3 foursomes together. The course was in great shape. Greens putted true. The staff is very friendly here, right from bag drop to starter. The clubhouse was great. We had the buffet breakfast and lunch of menu, all wonderful. Our waitress, Beth was fantastic. Definitely a must play.
Great layout and free breakfast and lunch and drinks is great
Oyster Bay has always been one of my favorite courses, but I have to say this time I was very disappointed. From the 1st hole, the group in front of us was very slow. We had to wait 3-5 minutes before each shot. They were soon at least 2 holes behind the group in front of them and when we called the pro shop, they sent someone out who said that there wasn't anything he could do about it. Our round was almost 5 1/2 hours long. It ruined the round for all of us, and I will not be booking them on future trips.
Greens were very inconsistent. Fairways were thin in many areas. Pace of play was terrible. 6 Hours with plenty of rangers on course but did nothing to speed up play.
Course looks tired and in need of investment (cart paths, sand traps). You can tell Oyster Bay plays the numbers game, electing volume of golfers vs course experience. Marshalls can be rude and overly focused on pace of play as a result of pressing too many golfers into a days play. Great layout and views are wasted by a staff that's rooted in a culture get them in, get them off and get them out
Greens were the best and we played all week. Front nine fairways was getting punched. Overall very good Round. We will be back.
Course was in great condition. Greens were rolling well. About average speed. Cart girl was nice. Cold towels during round was awesome! Views of the marsh were very nice. Would definitely play hear again.
From the time we arrived we were treated terrible. Bag boys/men told us to put back our coolers and then wanted to check our bags for BEER! Who plays this game without beer. Cart girl came by one time and we tipped her well, asked if we would see her again and she said, maybe. All in all the staff acted like they would rather be some other place. Course was OK conditon but the views rank high. Need a little upkeep there guys to bathrooms and staff experience. Low rankings from me.
Great layout. Really beautiful. But the fairways were spotty and the cart paths are in desperate need of repair.
This is an old course and needs maintenance upgrades.
Oyster Bay golf course is spectacular in everyway, the day we played it was blowing and cold the back nine but we did finish. The perks the Myrtle Beach passport gave us start the day as it should. I play this course once every time I'm in Myrtle Beach.
Greens Excellent. Some tee's in bad shape. Excellent layout! One of my favorites.
For this course to be a part of the Legends group I was expecting it to be of comparable quality. Legends group should be embarrassed. The only thing about the conditions that was OK was the greens. The fairways, tee boxes, rough, bunkers, cart paths were horrible. They look as if they were a result of total neglect. The restrooms on the course were nasty and run down. It would have been a vast improvement to have port-a-johns. I ate lunch in the club house. Only one table had patrons. There was three workers. I had to ask for a refill on my drink. I will never go back to this place. Sad because it has the reputation for being a premium course. They charge premium prices.
Tough course for me. Water holes intimidate me.
Loved the layout. Interesting holes.
Very interesting and challenging course set up. Course was wet and not drained well.
The scenery was great. Very challeging course in great condition. My favorite holes was 13 and 17. The lunch was included in our round which was a nice surprise. I had a tuna melt and it was great. Overall a great experience and I would play this course again.
Have been taking groups to MB for over 15 years now and have to say Oyster Bay had been off the list of courses for about 5 years due to poor conditions there--- but decided to give it a try due to the Legends price point (Very good). Have to say they have fixed many of the serious problems this course had. Still had a couple greens with problems-- but for the most part 15 of the greens were great-- fairways were very nice and staff was more than helpful with my group of 21. Will return soon. Way to go Legends!! Got our group both breakfast and lunches in a very timely manner with the Legends package and overall couldn't have been happier.
Unfortunately rained out after 9
Only like this course for the landscape and layout, everything else is overrated, pase of play very long
Real dirty course , car path on real bad condition , expensive rate for course like that
The staff was excellent and friendly. They got us out early. The course was in good shape except for the greens. They were VERY slow and inconsistent. The course is quite difficult to play when the winds are 20-25 mph and it's in the temperature is in the low 40's. I loved the layout but was very unhappy with the poor greens. Maybe it's just the time of year but the greens left a bad taste for me.
We enjoyed it.
One of my favorites courses on the the Beach and it did not disappoint.
Very nice and challenging for me, people were very accommodating.
Challenging but fair for most teens handicappers - thereby making it a great course for most to play. Also great value for money.
What a nice course! And a great value, price include breakfast, lunch and 2 drinks. Ranger carries wet cold towels on a hot day. Bring your best golf, not a gimme course. Will play again anytime.
Course is in a very pretty area.
The course was in great shape. Greens were fast and smooth, even the 3 that were aerated the previous Monday. The fairways had some almost burnt areas, but that just helped with the roll. Still plenty of grass. The pace of play was terrible, 5 hours 15 mins. Group of 30 or 40 clogged up the whole course. OB needs to go to 12-min. tee times to space things out.
Scenery ... nice fairways, greens. Bunkers were hard pan and they need yardage and better hole signs. Enjoyed!
We played almost every course in MB over the years. OB is one of our favorite because of its scenery, sight and design. In 2009, it was well manicured. It's not the case in 2012. Tees in poor condition. Hated that ladies tees were in the fairway on almost every hole. Greens are better and will improve. Cantine cart employee was running it like in NASCAR, without stopping or even slowing down! Things to fix at OB.
Cart path only.
Played 10/23/11. They overseeded the fairways and never told us it was cart path only. However, they were very accommodating and we played anyway. Enjoyed the course, grill staff very nice, white tees are too short, should be closer to 6000 yds., will play again.
Only got to play nine holes but the greens were in great shape, and the staff and rangers were nice to deal with.
Played July 10th, 2011 and the course was in great shape. The tees were the only thing keeping the course from being excellent, they were spotty at times. I would rather have great greens and fairways than tees so it was not an issue. Great day on the course, hole-in-one on the 17th!
Played on 7/5/11; Oyster Bay has always been one of my favorites. There were some fairways in need of some good rains but overall the course was in good condition considering the drought conditions. The greens were the best we played on all week. Breakfast, lunch, drinks, golf, deal can't be beat.
Just played Oyster Bay for the first time in 10 years. I forgot how much fun this course is. Greens were fine, fairways, traps, bunkers, all OK. Played it on a 95-degree day just after a shower. Bag drop help was great and staff was great working with rain delay. I enjoy the Kirby markers on the course. Easy and quick to determine distance. Oyster Island hole is always a blast and the ample gators around the course make it an all-around vacation treat.
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