Can You Conquer Myrtle Beach’s Toughest Par 5s?

 The game of golf offers plenty of challenges that send a chill up the spine of players. But most of us view par 5s as an opportunity to score.

That’s not always the case.

 Here’s a look at the Myrtle Beach golf scene’s scariest par 5s.

– The ninth hole at Rivers Edge might be the most frightening hole along the entire Grand Strand. Known as “Arnie’s Revenge,” you will feel like Michael Myers is stalking you every step of the way on this 494-yard par 5 (all distances from the white tees). The challenge reaches a crescendo on the approach to a green that is just 15 yards wide. Par is a great score. (top photo)

– According to the scorecard, the fourth hole at True Blue isn’t the most difficult par 5 on the course. Don’t be fooled. This 503-yard, button hook of a hole forces players to make decisions on how much of the water they want to challenge every step of the way. Play aggressively and a short approach could await, but you introduce the possibility of trouble. Play conservatively and a long approach to a green flanked by water on the left and sharp run off area on the right awaits. The chip off a tight lie back toward the water is harrowing.

– The 18th at TPC Myrtle Beach is the course’s signature hole, and it’s fun to envision yourself walking in the footsteps of Tom Watson, Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa and the other stars of theTPC Myrtle Beach game who have challenged the layout. Of course, they were much more proficient at hitting a fairway lined by OB on the left and a creek that eats balls on the right. Throw in a green flanked by water on the left and the idea of your buddies watching from their perch overlooking the putting surface and this 496-yard par 5 is a daunting test. (pictured right)

– For many, the inclusion of “The Gambler” at King’s North may seem a little odd, but don’t be fooled. The odds of making birdie are long. Even if you shy away from the alternate, island fairway, which brings the possibility of everything from eagle to complete meltdown into play, the sixth hole at King’s North is difficult when played conventionally, and the approach to the green is always a nervy one.

Prestwick Country Club’s 17th hole makes everyone antsy. With water meandering along the port side, the landing area is tight on each of your first two shots, and the approach on this 499-yard three-shotter, requires a carry over water. On a P.B. Dye design renowned for its challenge, No. 17 is Prestwick’s toughest test.

A Myrtle Beach golf trip offers a lot of treats, but this quintet of par 5s will put a scare into the best of golfers.

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