Aberdeen Country Club is located on the western perimeter of the Myrtle Beach golf scene, leaving the course outside the spotlight that shines on it’s more coastal cousins, but the Tom Jackson design certainly isn’t without appeal.
After closing the Woodlands nine (more on that later), Aberdeen has made the smooth transition to being an 18-hole property with the former Highlands course serving as the opening nine while the Meadows is now the back side.
If you are considering a round at Aberdeen – it’s perfect for day of arrival or departure play – here are five things you need to know:
— Aberdeen might be the most resilient course in South Carolina. The property was victimized by “100-year” flooding in 2015 and 2018, events that significantly contributed to the closing of the Woodlands nine (it flooded too easily), but Aberdeen rebounded with ferocity. Buoyed by the commitment of ownership, Aberdeen rebuilt twice and led by the work of superintendent Tim Lowe, one of the area’s rising stars, is in superb condition. The course’s greens, in particular, are as good as they’ve been in Aberdeen’s 31-year history.
— The two nines at Aberdeen offer contrasting experiences – the front features large greens with more undulation while the back nine is home to smaller putting surfaces – but one thing remains constant: the importance of your wedge game. Aberdeen isn’t long so the secret to scoring is on the approach. With a lot of short approaches, a good day with the wedge should lead to a low score.
— While Aberdeen is playable, the fifth hole, a 514-yard par 5 (pictured right) that begins with a blind landing area on the tee shot, is the day’s most difficult. What makes the hole frightening is the second shot, which requires players to carry a pond, with the prevailing wind in your face, or layup left of the water. It’s a nerve-jangling hole no matter how you play it.
— The Aberdeen experience shouldn’t end with the final putt as a new clubhouse has introduced a range of post-round possibilities. An upgraded menu and a host of TVs provides the clubhouse with a sports bar type feel, making it an ideal spot to watch a game after your round is over.
— Sure, Aberdeen is west of the beach, but it’s not that far away. It’s only 30-35 minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach and it’s an easy drive. Combine that access with the value and an unwavering commitment to customer service and a round at Aberdeen will deliver a pleasant surprise for your group.
If your group hasn’t played Aberdeen Country Club in recent years, it’s worth checking out.