For all but the best of golfers, making birdie isn’t something to be taken for granted.
How many times have you heard someone say, “I shot 92 but I birdied No. 7 and lipped out on 16.”
Birdie stories don’t stay quiet for long and here five Myrtle Beach golf holes begging you to circle a number on the scorecard.
— It’s not often No. 1 is regarded as a birdie hole, but the 459-yard (all distances from white tees), par 5 opener at King’s North is a great opportunity to make one. The hole is short, there is little stress on the first two shots, and there is only anxiety on the approach if the pin is tucked on the left side of the green, forcing you to flirt with a bunker. Arnold Palmer designed the course and he wanted you to get off to a good start. Take advantage. (pictured right)
— The fourth hole on Davis Love’s design at Barefoot Resort is a no-brainer for this list. Just 265 yards with plenty of room to hit the ball, worst case scenario is you have a short approach, best case is an eagle putt.
— Meadowlands is a layout that gives players a chance to go low, and the par 5 14th hole is one of the primary reasons. Playing just 439 yards, a great drive will allow you to consider going for the green in two on the dogleg left. There is one fairway bunker and one greenside, so trouble is at a minimum.
— Wild Wing’s Avocet Course is home to the 265-yard, par 4 14th hole, and it’s a great opportunity to make birdie. A large ridge runs through the middle of the green – the putting surface is where much of the challenge will come – so swing away and try to get as close to the flag as you can off the tee. (top photo)
— Glen Dornoch isn’t an easy course, and its 300-yard, third hole is definitely the hardest of our birdie holes, but it made the cut. The key to success on this dogleg left is the tee shot. Hitting an iron 175 yards leaves a short-ish approach to an inviting green. An aggressive drive means flirting with bunkers, including a trio that pinch the fairway on the left side, but it will make birdie a very real possibility.
There you have it, five of Myrtle Beach’s best birdie opportunities, even for players who are less than stellar.