The boys from the PGA Tour are playing the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week, which means the seemingly made for tv, par 5 sixth hole at Bay Hill will command the spotlight.
If watching the API has you dreaming of risk-reward holes designed by the King, four of Palmer’s best are along the Myrtle Beach golf scene.
– At the top of our list is “The Gambler,” the unforgettable par 5 sixth hole (top photo) on King’s North at Myrtle Beach National (as an aside, Arnie clearly loves drama on the sixth hole). The Gambler features an alternate, island fairway that is 40 yards wide and sets up an approach to a peninsula green that can be as short as 140 yards. If you miss, a big number certainly awaits. There is no more dramatic shot in Myrtle Beach than trying to hit the island fairway, assuming you have the guts to try.
– While The Gambler attracts all the attention, the par 4 third hole at King’s North is almost its equal. The dogleg left offers a chance to drive the green for those bold enough to challenge the water and a waste bunker. From the white tees, a 260-yard drive will get home but if you pull it, water or pines await; a dicey shot from a waste bunker will greet drives that are pushed. Most golfers challenge No. 3, which adds to its appeal.
– The par 5 10th hole (pictured right) on MBN’s SouthCreek course lends itself to drama. The dogleg right plays around a lake and while only the longest of hitters can think about going for the green in two, everyone faces a decision about challenging the lake on their second shot in an attempt to set up a short approach and a possible birdie putt.
– The ninth hole at Rivers Edge is called “Arnie’s Revenge” (pictured right) and if you have ever played the course, you know why. The narrow, peninsula green makes going for it in two the riskiest of shots, because holding a green that offers 16 yards of dry land is exceedingly difficult. Of course, it isn’t that much easier to hit on your third shot, even if it is a shorter approach.
Palmer built his reputation based on a swashbuckling style of golf and he certainly provides Myrtle Beach golfers the opportunity to play in a similar fashion.