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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.
Other than just being very wet the course was very nice. Greens are great.
Played as a single on a Sunday afternoon. You never know what you are going to run into as a single. The friendly staff got me out on the course a half hour before my scheduled time and gave me some helpful tips and instructions. The course was in good shape and the layout is challenging yet not overly difficult. Everyone on the course was very friendly and let me play through and I finished in under 3 hours. The only thing that could have improved was a beverage cart which never made an appearance on a 90 degree day. Other than that, everything was great. Will definitely return.
We had a very early tee time so the rains over the last 15 days had the course a lot wet ...mother nature....but our experience from the staff was awesome. Course layout wonderful and challenging for our novice level. Recommend highly
This is a very beautiful and very challenging course! Women's tee's are placed well
Four of us played the week of July 4th. Overall the experience was excellent. Started on the back, and the views are unparalleled for most tracks. Some of the greens are a little rough, but a lot of the courses in the Strand got beat up this Winter. Pace of play was excellent, and the starter was one of the best I’ve had anywhere. Only some minor issues keep this from being a 5 ⭐️, but would definitely play again.
Four of us played the week of July 4th. Overall the experience was excellent. Started on the back, and the views are unparalleled for most tracks. Some of the greens are a little rough, but a lot of the courses in the Strand got beat up this Winter. Pace of play was excellent, and the starter was one of the best I’ve had anywhere. Only some minor issues keep this from being a 5 but would definitely play again
Incredible course, will be back time and time again.
My favorite course in Pawleys Island! Love playing the Duke holes! Played 36 there last April! Hopefully this spring too!
Love Pawleys Plantation! Been playing every tear for 15+ years! Two rounds already booked for march 2018! This course is always in great shape! Staff is always top notch!awesome marsh views and a cool dyke that crosses the marsh with two tee boxes to par threes! Great challenge! Oh and keep a eye out for the no tail alligator!
What a fantastic place! The course was awesome, and to top it off, it is a Jack Nicklaus Signature. Jack didn't disappoint with this layout. Challenging, fun, and extremely beautiful. The staff is super courteous and helpful. Snack bar and restaurant were wonderful. On my list to play every year.
Beautiful day, beautiful course! A must play when you are here
Great Jack Nicklaus design, course in very good shape. Enjoyed the holes on the marsh very much. May be my new favorite course in Myrtle Beach
Played Pawleys Plantation during the Eclipse and had a great time. Course in great shape and thought the marsh holes were awesome, what a view. Look forward to playing here again.
Course and conditions were nice. However, lots of sand on this course that had not been groomed in days. Overzealous marshals pushed us 4 due to a twosome and threesome behind us. Nice course but play in the afternoon if you want to play at a regular pace. Otherwise they intend to rush you through your round. Oh, and don't stop to use the bathroom either...Also, It may be women friendly but not kid friendly....
Great Layout, Staff, Course Conditions, Pace of Play! Couldn't be better. Visiting from MD.
Love this course! Probably one of my top three courses to recommend to people coming in from out of town. Beautiful low country setting with established lush layout. Has both challenging holes for avid golfers, and playable holes for people just picking up the game. I've played here many times in the three years I've lived in the area and I can honestly say the course is never in bad condition. The groundskeepers do a great job all year round making it an enjoyable round. The staff is friendly from the bag drop/pro shop to the snack bar/restaurant. They make you feel welcome.
The layout is fantastic, the course conditions were great. The staff treated us very well. It is a course I will definitely play again and put on y Myrtle Beach rotation. My favorite hole is 16, a very demanding b UT beautiful part with the marsh and the actual Pawleys Island in the background. I wish I had my camera with me. The pictures I n the website are better than I could take because of the use of a drone, very picturesque. The food in t g e was very good and the O rices were reasonable. All of the staff from the proshop, bag drop, rangers who helped me find my ball, and the wait staff were kind, friendly, very helpful. I give this a very high rating
Course is in the best shape I have seen. Greens are in excellent condition. Any past issues have been resolved. Hats off to the greens keeper. All around great club. A must play!
Beautiful club. Course is great! Back 9 is one of the most scenic in Myrtle Beach. Will be back.
This place is fantastic! From tee to green (especially the greens) the course is in superb condition. I would recommend this for any golfer. Can be challenging, but it is fun and fair. Staff takes care of you from bag drop, starter, course ranger, and golf shop. The pub is great for post round drinks and the food is excellent. These folks know what they are doing.
Despite the recent previous reviews the back nine continues to suffer from the hurricane. Debris on the fairways and many areas saturated. Parts of fairway have been designated as ground under repair. Very disappointed in the conditions. Greens were slow and grass long, however they did roll well and true. Would not play this course until after the spring. Front nine was better condition.
This is a fine course. Everything on the golf course at least 8 out or 10 condition. The pub area was very nice, and the people there are all very nice.
Greens and fairways were in great shape. Back nine views are incredible as the course takes you twice through the marsh. Don't need your driver if you play from the white tees due to many dogleg fairways. Great course and will definitely play again.
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.
Greens have recovered quite well from their spring conditions. It's worth a return trip!
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.
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.
Course is not in good shape. Thin fairways, rough is dirt and greens are in very bad shape - bumpy and looks like a fungus. Would not play there again until conditions improve.
Course is not is good shape. Fairways are thin and rough is dirt. Greens are terrible. Save your money.
Wonderful play with a great layout. The back 9 is a true challenge. Unfortunately, caught up to a fivesome (yes, I said fivesome) on the back nine which created quite a backup. Guess no Rangers are on duty in the afternoon. Anyway, highly recommend as a must play when in the area
I am a Senior Citizen over age 70 with an 18 handicap.. I loved this course. However, my shoulders stiffened up on the back nine and caused me all kind of trouble. If I get to play this course again, I will go to the RED tees to tee off. The course is very beautiful and I enjoyed it immensely. The fairways were in excellent shape and the golf ball rolled true on the greens even it was in November. This was my dream course to play in the Myrtle Beach area.
We had 10 golfers. So we had open spots, and they were going to put another golfer with us, (which was no problem). But I wanted to get information from them so I could organize my own group, and they didn't communicate very well. Acted like I was bothering them. In the end it all worked out.
Greens had too much slope and runoff.
Course was extremely wet but all comments in our group were favorable. Definitely a good test of golf. Premium on accuracy and distance control. We played the gold tees and are glad we did!
Nice layout.It got a little confusing for a three or for hole stretch on yhe back nine.Two real short par threes that you really needed local wind and club selection knowledge on
Very unique course in very good condition and a good challenge. The par 3 island holes were unlike anything I've ever played or seen.
The course was in real good shape, just not a great fan of the layout. I know that this is a Nicklaus course, but am not a fan of trees in the fairway to have to hit over or around.
Do not like this course very much. Too tricked up with water, sand, and marsh.
We played the white tees which made the course too hard for some in our group (handicaps over 25). Suggest making hybrid course selection possible (mixing the tees to make course 300-400 yards shorter for seniors).
Slightly over rated course
We played the course for the first on our yearly golf trip. I did not care for the tee boxes as they were crowned and not level.The fairways were not in the best shape which may have been due to the harsh winter the south endured. However my beef was as we finished our first 9 holes and started on hole 1 what do we come upon?Why a SINGLE walker Chuck who must be a member and was carted out to fairway after he teed off.We were told we would never see him again.Wrong we saw chuck for 7 holes.I realize that walking is a great part of the game but to put a walker out on the course on an afternoon on a Friday? I am a member of a private club in PA and walking is only allowed at certain times during the week.The course was challenging and would come back to try it again.
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Posted on 07/10
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