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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.
Nice course, people were friendly and very helpful. Enjoyed the play but I think we enjoyed our replay at Willbrook even better. I don't think it's the best Nicklaus course but it is certainly a challenge.
Played course in package. Most overrated and under maintained course I've ever played in Myrtle Beach area. Do yourself a favor and skip this one. Too many other nice courses in the area to waste your time and money here. Try Willbrook or Ttadition instead.
Great course, enjoyed playing it; the only thing was the greens, but this time of the year I don't expect much.
We (a twosome) started on hole 10, and the group in front of us a foursome was so slow and didn't offer us to play through. Uncrowded.
Love Nicklaus designs, especially this one in a great lowcountry setting
Very nice layout, challenging but fair; excellent condition for March.
Loved it for this time of year.
The Pro/asst pro was very helpful in getting us out at another course in the area since they were booked solid. He also got us a reduced rate. A real gentleman. Course was in very good shape and greens are coming back from harsh summer and fall.
Played the Golden Bear tees. Shot a 108. Greens were really fast and true. Also clean today! Loved the challenge. There are 2 island green par 3's. Was disappointed that none of the traps had been raked in some time. Bathroom was filthy. Will play again for sure.
Love the layout and area. The course could have been cleaner, especially the greens. They had dead leaves and didn't look to have been worked for a while. The staff was great and we had great weather. We'll return again and make it a yearly event on our trip to Myrtle.
The course was nice, I think the greens could have been cleaned. Had a great time.
Attendants dropped my bag. skinning up several clubs, no apology.
the course was in gerat shape for this time of year
Limited items in the pro shop. Would have bought something here if prices were good and selection was more.
This is the best course I've played in Myrtle Beach. Unbelieveable layout, very scenic back 9, lightning-fast greens, and PLUSH conditions put the icing on the cake.
I have been coming to Pawleys for 20 yrs. and up till this last trip things have been wonderful. I really enjoy the course even though it is tough. What I was really upset with is the way Litchfield has taken over and how they are running the accommodations and the golf course. While breakfast is included in our package I only had breakfast once in the seven days I was there. We were told it would be served at 6 a.m. and when we got there it was 7 a.m.; too late to eat and play golf. I also was upset with them putting 3 groups in front of us while we were making the turn. We could have finished in 3.5 - 4 hrs. instead of 5 hrs., which left us no time for lunch and to catch a plane home. I also couldn't understand why I had to pay in advance this time instead of when I checked out. Overall experience this trip was not good.
I really want a partial refund for this course. We played on October 9th, and when we arrived on time we noticed it was very foggy -- but there was no fog delay. It was our first time playing this course and for the first 5 holes we could not see anything. Needless to say we had trouble finding any balls not directly in the fairway. Then they sent some maniacs out right on top of us hitting balls on us and the ranger was rushing us when we were just a few minutes off pace. One guy with a woman was jumping up and down like a damn fool we offered to let him play through but he huffed and puffed and said he would just skip the hole after yelling a bunch of nasty comments. We latter found out the jerk was a member who likes to play the round in 3 hours. So I'm wondering why didn't they just send that lunatic out in front of us. So five of the 18 holes were blind and (jerk)-infested and that tended to screw up our remaining 13. So Pawleys will not be on my list next time unless they give us a free play to make it up to us.
Difficult course, narrow fairways, course was in great shape except for the sand which was packed in the traps (like hitting off concrete). Very scenic, one of my favorite courses.
This course is very tough. You must bring your A+ game. If you play from the tips you better have a PGA card or better! The trees in the middle of the fairway is very cute; what was Jack thinking? The little par three is tricked up and unfair! Oh, I forgot bring plenty of balls. You should get a reward if you complete the round with one golf ball. Good luck.
Love this place!
Love playing this Nicklaus course. Staff was wonderful, and conditions were very good.
Pawleys ownership change showing, but still a wonderful layout ... greens had just been plugged.
Besides the greens, the course was in good shape. We were aware of the greens being punched, but they had not improved as much as we had hoped - no real control over that, though ... Course was a great layout, but the outside staff could have been much better.
I love Nicklaus designs; play Long Bay often, and this one is right up there in terms of challenge and playability. I'll be back!
Loved the service ... setting is absolutely beautiful!
The greens had some fairly serious issues with fungus apparently.
This course was in terrible shape. The greens were brown and had virtually no grass. It was raining when we started and they didn't even have towels to wipe down the wet cart seats. Very frustrating. STAY AWAY from this course.
The course needed water. The greens were very firm. Based on the surcharge the course should have been in better shape.
Bag drop area understaffed. Some confusion. Not much in pro shop. Good course.
enjoyed very much. like setting on creek/marsh
I don't get the last review, because we played on Dec. 17, and the course was in good shape, even played 90 degree rule except for 2 or 3 holes. Very nice course. Except for the par 3 13th hole, that hole is nonsense.
Course was great, but it took 5.5 hours to play. Members said this was very unusual to take so long to play a round.
Rained, but great course.
Always a favorite although there was something with the greens whether they just needed to be cut. I just couldn't get a feel for the speed. Celebrated playing here on my 40th birthday with my lovely wife! Couldn't ask for a better setting!
Course was in good condition. Very difficult course even from the white tees.
Great track and in great shape. Greens rolled very true and firm. Par 3's were very scenic and good distance for hacks like me.
Took a while to get used to the greens. I've pretty much always played on bent greens. Nice layout.
*Nice course but lacked some maintanance
beautiful golf course will play again
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Posted on 01/01
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Posted on 05/22
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Posted on 02/01
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Posted on 01/23
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Posted on 11/04
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Posted on 02/17
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Posted on 09/30
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Posted on 07/10
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Posted on 01/30
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Posted on 01/24
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Posted on 10/11
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