Myrtle Beach golf courses such as Grande Dunes, playing along the Intracoastal Waterway, and the “Granddaddy,” Pine Lakes Country Club, have a clear identity, but that’s not the case with every layout. Wild Wing’s Avocet Course, for example, lacks definition in the eyes of the public, but that’s not a reflection on the quality of the experience.
Avocet may not be known for one particular aspect of its experience, but here are five reasons the course will be an asset to your next golf trip:
1. There are few things in golf more enjoyable than a drivable par 4, and Avocet’s 265-yard (all distances from the white tees) 14th hole (pictured right) is one of the area’s most accessible. There is water on the right and a few bunkers to clear, but this hole screams, “Go for it!” Birdies are never easy to come by, but you should have a chance to make three on one of Avocet’s most popular tests.
2. The ninth hole, a 323-yard par 4, is home to a double fairway, divided by series of par-crushing bunkers, and it’s another memorable challenge. The left side of the fairway is eight feet higher and offers the perfect angle of approach, but it’s more difficult to hit, so precede with caution.
3. Avocet’s fairways are sufficiently wide, and the greens feature ample undulation and surrounding swales, creating an enjoyable test for golfers who play the game with imagination. Make sure your short game is tuned up before arriving at the first tee.
4. This is one of the few Myrtle Beach golf courses that single tees throughout the day, meaning a 10:30 tee time is available, so Avocet is perfect for groups that may need a little extra sleep after a long night.
5. The sixth (pictured right) and 17th holes share a double green that is 105 yards long and has more tiers than Jack Nicklaus has green jackets. A 406-yard par 4, No. 6 is Avocet’s hardest hole, especially when the pin is up top, providing the chance to look down on the 17th, a par 3 that can vary in length by up to 30 yards based on where the hole is cut. It’s yet another cool feature on an underrated layout that is full of them.
Wild Wing Avocet is the type of course that helps make Myrtle Beach the game’s most popular destination, providing a strong layout, good conditions and unbeatable value, something your group will quickly realize.
(Wild Wing Avocet’s par four 18th hole pictured above)