The Masters in November is weird, but it’s 2020 so golf’s most popular tournament being pushed back seven months should hardly register on the strange-o-meter. The Lords of Augusta will have the course in primo condition, and we are all looking forward to the drama at Amen Corner on Sunday while glued to our couches.
Thinking about the game’s most famed stretch of holes led to a discussion of Myrtle Beach golf courses with the most dramatic trio of consecutive holes and the decision to make a list, of course.
Here are the five most Amen Corner-esque stretches of golf along the Grand Strand.
— The discussion starts with holes 11 (pictured above) through 13 at the Dunes Club, otherwise known as Alligator Alley. The par 4 11th and par 3 12th play along Singleton Swash and the epic 13th is a par 5 known as “Waterloo.” Collectively they are as unforgettable as they are acclaimed.
— You have to go to World Tour, an 18-hole layout that replicates some of the game’s most famous holes, including Amen Corner. Holes 4, 5 and 6 (pictured below) on the Championship 9 emulate Amen Corner, and yes, that includes Rae’s Creek. For most of us, this is as close as we will get to Augusta National so head to World Tour and see how you might fare.
— Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is a top 100 course for many reasons but somewhere near the top of the list are its final three holes. The 18th attracts all the attention, but No. 16 is an almost equally good par 4 and No. 17 is a dramatic par 3 that plays to a green surrounded by sand. Part of what makes No. 18 at Caledonia special is the crescendo the holes behind it help build.
— Tidewater is home to some Myrtle Beach’s most stunning scenery and those views figure prominently in making holes 12-14 among the area’s best stretches. The 12th demands Tidewater’s most dramatic tee shot as the par 3 plays over Cherry Grove from tee to green. No less memorable is the 13th, which plays along Cherry Grove and offers a distant view of the Atlantic Ocean. The layout comes back inland on the 14th.
— Holes 13-15 at Grande Dunes Resort Club are worth the price of admission alone. The par 5 13th is the course’s most difficult test and the par 3 14th it’s most dramatic. Playing from an elevated tee box, No. 14 plays to a green that buffets the Intracoastal Waterway. The 15th (pictured right) is an almost equally memorable par 4 along the waterway, capping a three-hole stretch that has swung more than a few matches.