World Tour Golf Links, which features replicas of golf’s most famous holes, is one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular facilities.
Sure, everyone knows the course replicates Amen Corner and the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, but World Tour is much more than a novelty. To get the inside scoop on a layout that has stood the test of time, we went to general manager Brad Crumling.
Heading into the 2020 golf season, here is what you need to know about World Tour Golf Links, according to Crumling:
— The course is in spectacular condition (see accompanying photos/videos as all images were taken in mid-February). The decision to overseed wall-to-wall has been a rousing success as the fairways, rough, greens and tee boxes all feature lush, green grass. There isn’t a better conditioned course along the Grand Strand heading into the spring.
— Many golfers arrive at World Tour thinking it’s a layout they have to play once. They leave looking forward to playing it again. The perception of World Tour is of 18 individual holes, but the layout blends together seamlessly. It’s an outstanding golf course, and who doesn’t like to imagine themselves playing the game’s historic venues?
— Amen Corner is great, but the hole most people remember is the replica of the famed island green 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. Golfers love to talk about how many shots it took them hit the green. If you don’t believe Crumling, enjoy a drink at the clubhouse bar and listen to what your fellow players are saying.
— Not surprisingly given the make-up of the layout, World Tour is a second shot course. The layout isn’t overly penal but much of the trouble, in the form of water and bunkers, comes around the greens. Make sure your irons are tuned up and have a good time.
— World Tour is largely composed of holes everyone is familiar with, but English Turn Golf & Country Club, located in New Orleans, isn’t as widely known. The hole at World Tour inspired by the par 5 15th at English Turn has water running up the entire right of the hole, and it features an island green (yes, on a par 5!). It’s beautiful, challenging, and Crumling loves it.