MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com Insider Chris King highlights 5 of Myrtle Beach’s toughest finishing holes that can implode your round in a hurry.
Hi, I’m Chris King, your Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, and today we’re going to take a look at five of the toughest finishing holes along the Grand Strand. These are challenges that can implode a round faster than you can say Jean van de Velde.
We’re starting at TPC Myrtle Beach where the par 5, 18th hole is as straight as an arrow and your ball better follow a similar path. A stream running up the right side is where dreams of birdie go to die, an OB on the left looms off the tee shot, but the fun really starts on the approach because you have to hit a green that is bordered by a pond. It’s an anxiety-inducing shot on one of Myrtle Beach’s most recognizable holes.
On any list of the area’s most difficult closing holes, number 18 at Tidewater is somewhere near the top. The 410 yard dogleg left is rife with danger. The marshy waters of the Intercoastal lurk on the right, waiting to claim drives that are pushed. And if you overcompensate, bushes and trees await on the other side of the fairway. Throw in a green that plays to the edge of the marsh and you have a recipe for a big number.
At 368 yards, the par 4 finisher at Long Bay doesn’t overwhelm with distance, but the challenge is no less significant. The nearly 90 degree dogleg right plays around a large pond. There’s room to bail out left, but if you do, the hole plays much longer, enhancing the difficulty of the approach shot to a green that abuts water.
Dan Maples designed Heritage Club closes with a 470 yard, par 5 that sends shivers down the spines of players. Duncan Creek runs along the starboard side of the dogleg left, but it’s the approach to a very undulating green that causes the most consternation. Players must carry the water, and a two putt is far from assured on a green built atop a couple of elephants.
The 18th hole at River Club is a memorable finisher. Water looms every step of the way on the 493 yard, par 5. A pond fills the corner of the dogleg left, and even if you’re trying to play away from the pond, it’s a visually intimidating tee shot. The green is reachable in two for long hitters, but anything short will be wet. This is an unforgettable closing hole in one of the area’s most underrated tracks, but things can go wrong in a hurry.
If you finish strong on these five courses, a deserved sense of satisfaction awaits.