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Tradition Club, a Ron Garl designed golf course in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, has been an award winner since its opening in 1995. Golf Digest called it “Best New Public Course” in 1996. Two years later, the Tradition Club, whose five sets of tees make it a very woman-friendly course, was awarded “Top Fairways” by Golf for Women. Many tournaments are held on this challenging layout including the World Amateur Handicap Championship. For more than 15 years Tradition Club has been home of the South Carolina Golf Association's “Tournament of Champions.” This beautiful tree-lined course nestled in a community built on a 16th century plantation is a traditionally inspired championship course.
Whether you have a low handicap or a high one you will enjoy the many challenges of Tradition Club. Every par three is uniquely challenging and rewarding to par! But, before tallying your score, you will be tested by the signature hole … Number 7, a 375-yard par four with an island green that will capture your attention and demand your concentration … a hole to remember at Tradition Club! The long par 4s can make or break your round of golf while the par 5s will test your management skills. The 405-yard 18th hole is one of those par fours that combines strategy with skill as it leads you back to the Tradition Clubhouse for refreshments on the patio.
The course along with the greens are in great condition! Excellent Staff!
Excellent course - in great shape and staff was very friendly and welcoming
Fun course to play, enjoyable round, great staff. Course in good shape despite all the rain as of late.
Great track. great round. it was cart path only and fairways overseeded but in great shape. greens rolled about a 5. couldn't hit the ball hard enough. Definitely recommend playing in season!!!!
Perfect condition Playable
Playable and in pretty good shape
Great layout. Very strategic golf course. Requires most every club in the bag
Everything about this place is top notch
Very nice staff and very true greens
Nice course. new greens were good. overall a nice experience
Overall conditions were A+, pin location could have been more challenging. Will be back...Staff is great
Greens are in wonderful condition! Very smooth and roll well.
Great layout, beautiful views and challenging course. Course in great shape from tee to greens. A must play course for golfers of all levels.
Always nice with friendly staff
Greens tracked true. It would be nice if you could take your cart to practice area
Course was in great shape, new greens rolled really well, very full and true
Nice course, not a lot of water
Course in great condition and very enjoyable round. Most holes have everything right in front of you so no surprises. Trees in the fairway initially gave me pause, but they are good distances out from tee box and easily gotten round. Loved it!
several unique and challenging holes
The staff was extremely helpful, I signed up as a single but the threesome I was slotted to play with never showed up. The starter found me a threesome that was turning put me with them and then found a place for me when I turned, they went above and beyond to make my day excellent.
This is one of our favorite courses. We play it every time we visit pawleys Island. It is suitable for my wife's and my game. Always in great condition with a professional courteous staff to take care of any needs.
Loved the course.
The staff were outstanding!! A special thanks to Mark that went out of his way to meet our special needs!! The course was in wonderful condition considering the time of year....best of any course we played. We will definitely include this course in our plans for next year...and any time we are in the Pawleys area.
Course is in great shape ! N. M. Nbv. Tbbb.
The greens were immaculate, especially for this time of year.
Thoroughly enjoyed thus tract. Greens at 9.5. Fairways very good. Traps and waste bunkers well cared for. Nice range and practice area. A must play for anyone.
All were great
Very nice staff. Friendly
Course in very good condition. Greens a little slow but putted true. Staff very friendly. Great layout, Nice par 3's & just enough trouble around to keep you honest.
For more than 20 years, Tradition Golf Club on Pawleys Island has been playing host to both local golfers and those that converge on the Myrtle Beach area during peak golf seasons. This Ron Garl design is built on the site of a 16th century rice plantation and opened for play in 1996. Tradition Club has received numerous accolades, including South Carolina Golf Course of the Year in 2001, and has been awarded 4.5-stars by Golf Digest as well as voted “Top Fairways” for 1998 by Golf for Women. Tradition Club was also nominated as Best New Public Course by Golf Digest in 1996. It is truly one of the most prestigious golf clubs with public access in the Myrtle Beach area. Also on property is an impressive practice complex. These are becoming a Ron Garl trademark and one that he has duplicated at several of the other courses he has designed/redesigned around the world. It includes a spacious full-length driving range, a massive chipping green and a putting green with multiple elevation changes so that you can get an idea of the breaks you will encounter during your round. With over 6,800 yards of golf course in front of you at Tradition Club, arrive early and take full advantage of this wonderful practice facility. Tradition Club is located in the same general area as several other Waccamaw Golf Trail Courses: Willbrook Plantation, River Club and Litchfield Country Club. Five sets of tees provide playable distances for any level of golfer. The Tournament Tees play 6,875 yards and carry a course rating of 73.2 and a slope of 134; a fitting test for low handicappers. The Men’s Tees weigh in at 6,313 (70.8/125) while Ladies have the choice of two distances, the Gold (Senior/Ladies’) play 5,728 (73.1/124 for the ladies’) or the Red (5,189/70.4/120). There is also a ‘junior” set of tees that plays 4,106 with a course rating of 63.5 and a slope of 105. As you make your way around Tradition Club, you will see how the course communes with nature. Meticulously maintained fairways wind their way through maritime forests and pristine wetlands. Many fairways are lined with live oaks and towering pines, yet there is ample room off the tee to swing away and go for broke. Ron Garl seems to be a big fan of island greens and Tradition Club does not disappoint. In fact, you’ll have two opportunities to test your mettle on Number 7 and Number 15. Number 7 is a par 4, so you can’t use a tee on your approach shot. Water is present on about 9 holes but is really only a factor on 4 of those, two of which are the island greens. The bunkers at Tradition Club are well maintained and filled with fine sugary sand. Most are low-lipped and don’t provide any added penalty. A number of holes feature large waste bunkers that are well groomed and add to the overall beauty of the course. As nice as the course is, Tradition Club is defined by its well-conditioned Bermuda greens. Some have gentle undulations and subtle breaks while others are well-sloped from back to front. All roll fast, true and consistent. Member’s Favorite Holes: I spoke with a number of members who had varying opinions on their favorite hole, so we narrowed it down to two. Number 5: Par 3, 179 yards (Men’s Tees). A challenging par 3 that’s got it all – in the way of hazards. From the tee, you need to carry both water and sand; there’s more sand right of the green if you push your shot. The green is shallow – only 29 yards deep, so distance control – and a good putting stroke on this well-contoured green - are essential if you want to score well. Walk away with a par and be happy. Number 7: Par 4, 377 yards (Men’s Tees). One of two island greens on the course; only you can’t use a tee to reach this one. Long ball hitters will find it best to leave the driver in the bag here; you run out of fairway at about 300 yards from the back tees. You’ll need superior distance control on your approach shot into this island green with a large bunker left. A back-right pin can be a challenge with all of the mounding. Writer’s Favorite: Number 10: Par 5, 510 yards (Men’s Tees). A long dogleg left that just seems to keep on turning. There’s a large waste bunker all the way down the left side of the fairway, so favor the right side off the tee and with your approach shot. The large fairway bunker of the right side can’t be seen off the tee and shouldn’t come into play. A good drive followed by a well-placed layup will leave a short pitch into a green that slopes severely from back to front and is protected on the left side by the waste bunker. Mounding in the fairway can produce some interesting lies! Pro’s Pick: Number 1: Par 4, 323 yards (Men’s Tees). A short, yet trying par 4 to get your round under way. A gentle dogleg right with a large waste bunker on the right side. Find this bunker off the tee and not only will you have to deal with a sand shot of about 100 yards, you’ll have to carry it over several large oak trees. Playing down the left side of this well-mounded fairway leaves a cleaner look into the green with only a single bunker on the left side to contend with. The other island green is worth mentioning as well. Number 15 is a par 3 that plays 157 yards from the men’s tees. Clear the water onto the largest green on the course with trouble on all sides. Another short hole where par is a good score. Last Word: To score well at the Tradition Club, you need to have your complete game together. Out here, it’s all about shot placement: how far to hit it and where to put it. For the most part, the greens are well protected by sand and/or water. If your approach shots are not dead on, you could be in for a long day. Being able to work the ball – left or right as well as trajectory – is a big plus too. The greens run fast and true, so a consistent putting stroke is a big plus. Most are raised and feature modest undulation. The two island greens add some excitement to an already fun round of golf. You should be able to get around the course in about four hours, which is nice. The course also drains very well so if other courses in the area are closed after a good rain storm, give Tradition Club a call. There’s a good chance they are open and playable. And not cart path only! After your round, stop by the grill room for some traditional clubhouse food and all of your favorite post-round libations. Tradition Club also has one of the best stocked pro shops in the area with all kinds of logoed apparel from all of the top names. Be sure to browse around and take home a memento. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to help.
Great Layout and Greens
Very playable for everyone. I had a bad day of golf.
Pleasantly surprised that course was in such a great condition all around. Will definitely return to this course often
The course is in great shape, fast and true greens. A few wet spots but running the fairways. In overall great condition.
Course in great shape; especially the greens. Staff very accomadative and personal. Great experience!
People were nice. Course was in great condition. Slow play did have to wait for EVERY Shot.
Great course and have played here multiple times before but got off late this last round and only got 16 holes in. Disappointing because they didn't have any carts ready for the 1 o'clock on tee times. Other than that one of the better courses in that area and with a nice online price from MBN.com.
Very good overall.
Loved playing this course, each hole was like being on the course by yourself, the starters were well organized and our group of 16 got off without a hitch. Lots of pride taken by staff in making this course an excellent venue.
We have played at Tradition Club for quite a few years now, and it has consistently been one of our favorites. The staff is always friendly and helpful, especially Bobby, who has become a very welcomed friend over the years. This most recent round of golf was played only about three weeks following Hurricane Matthew, and yet, the course was in great shape. I was told they had lost more than 100 trees on the course, but they had done a terrific job in cleaning things up, and quite frankly, the loss of the trees did not seem to adversely affect the course at all. I also want to commend the Pro Shop staff and the quality of their merchandise. Tradition Club always has an outstanding selection of golf wear, as good as any in the MB area.
Overall a good experience. Would definitely play again. Excellent driving range.
Not too long and not much water, but still a challenging course.
To have been thru a hurricane it was in very good shape!
(Liked the) layout, variety and overall condition.
Course was in ok shape. The course itself had a nice layout. Greens were nice and rolled nice, but very slow. My wife and I had a 5-1/2 hour round. Very disappointing how long it took as we had to wait on every shot. We didn't see a ranger on the course and if he was there, he didn't do his job. Decent course but hard to give a good rating after such slow play.
Holes are very good to play for all players
Considering I played 4 days after Hurricane Matthew, the course was quite good. Lots of fallen trees and debris, but cleanup is underway. Only drawbacks were the amount of fallen leaves and branches made it hard to find your ball at times, especially in the waste bunkers. The sand traps were like concrete from all the rain. I just needed to stay out of them! Was still a great round. I'm sure in a few days the course will be in even better shape.
Due to rain cart path only-understandable but difficult to 18 holes under those conditions-not fun.
Posted on 01/22
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Posted on 01/17
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Posted on 09/05
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Posted on 07/16
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Posted on 12/18
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Posted on 11/27
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Posted on 10/19
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Posted on 10/09
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Posted on 08/28
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Posted on 08/16
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Posted on 08/14
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Posted on 06/06
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Posted on 03/14
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Posted on 02/20
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Posted on 02/01
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Posted on 01/23
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Posted on 10/11
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