The word easy should never be used in the same sentence with golf, but your chances of making birdie are much greater on some holes than others.
As you plot your next Myrtle Beach golf trip and are weighing which courses you want to play, here are the five holes you are most likely to make birdie (all distances from white tees) on:
– The opening hole at Myrtle Beach National’s West Course, a 453-yard par 5 (pictured right), is begging you to circle a 4 on the card. The dogleg right is reachable in two and even for us more “average” players, a very short approach to an inviting green should await.
– For most, a short par 4 offers the best opportunity to make birdie and that’s particularly the case on the fourth hole at Barefoot Resort’s Love Course. Playing just 265 yards and backstopped by the faux ruins of an old plantation home, the green is reachable for some, but just as importantly, there is limited trouble around the putting surface, assuming you miss the centerline bunker that is approximately 230 yards to carry. This is a golden opportunity on what is arguably Barefoot’s most acclaimed course.
– Wild Wing’s Avocet layout features another short par 4, the 265-yard 14th (pictured below). Significant trouble is limited but rough and swales in the front can make getting the ball close on a two-tiered green a little more difficult. Regardless, this is a birdie hole, especially when the pin is cut up front.
– The famed 12th hole at King’s North (top photo) an island green par 3 flanked by a pair of “SC” bunkers, offers an outstanding chance to make birdie. Don’t fret about the island green as there is plenty of room to land the ball and the hole plays just 110 yards, meaning you have a wedge in hand. This is an opportunity to be aggressive and make birdie on one of the area’s most acclaimed holes.
– Tucked away just across the state line in Brunswick County, N.C., the 14th hole at Meadowlands Golf Club might represent the area’s best chance at birdie from the white tees. The dogleg right par 5 plays just 439 yards and there is little to dissuade you from swinging away, so no matter how your round is going, this is a place to gain a little momentum.
With more than 1,600 holes, Myrtle Beach offers plenty of opportunities to make birdie, but few of those chances are more inviting than these five holes.