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Story by Chris King
True Blue is one of Myrtle Beach's most prominent layouts. The Mike Strantz design is in superb condition and with a creative design and the Grand Strand’s widest fairways, its charms are many. For a course of True Blue’s stature, there are still misperceptions about the layout, and we are here to clear them up. Here are three things you’ve heard about True Blue that aren’t grounded in reality.
True Blue is too hard - MYTH: The late Strantz has a deserved reputation for boundary pushing designs - hello, Royal New Kent and Tobacco Road - that are only borderline playable for all but the best of players. The late Strantz has a deserved reputation for boundary pushing designs - hello, Royal New Kent and Tobacco Road - that are only borderline playable for all but the best of players. That perception followed Strantz to True Blue. I’m not here to tell you it’s easy, but the course isn’t overwhelmingly difficult. The fairways are 100 yards wide in spots, providing more than enough margin for error off the tee. Yes, there is a lot of sand but the width of the fairways means you have to earn a trip to the beach The course has five sets of tees, so there is set you can play that should suit your game, assuming you can check your ego at the door and play from the proper spot. True Blue is the ideal blend of challenge and playability.
True Blue is No. 2 - MYTH: It’s hard to make the argument a course Golf Magazine ranks among its Top 100 You Can Play is underrated, but True Blue lives in the shadow of its sister course, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Both are Strantz designs, but Caledonia, with its stunning lowcountry beauty, attracts much of the attention. Caledonia is everything people say it is, but True Blue should never be considered a secondary course. Ask some of Myrtle Beach’s best golfers and they will tell you True Blue is their favorite of the two. If True Blue is part of your next golf trip, you can arrive at the first tee with the reasonable expectation that it will be the best course on your trip.
True Blue is a drivers course - MYTH: Because of the layout’s length, most people think the driver is the most important club in the bag at True Blue - not true. It helps to hit the ball a long way, but the width of the fairways builds in a margin for error many courses lack. This is a second shot golf course. The greens are huge, so being in the proper spot is vital to scoring and many are fronted by hazards, meaning most of the real trouble comes into play on the approach. If someone tells you True Blue is too hard, that it takes a back seat to Caledonia, or the driver is the most important club in the bag, tell them they are wrong.
If someone tells you True Blue is too hard, that it takes a back seat to Caledonia, or the driver is the most important club in the bag, tell them they are wrong.