A few yards of reality is all it takes to etch the memory into your mind.
Up and down South Carolina’s Grand Strand, we have yardage to spare, 90 or so golf courses each doing their own thing to set themselves apart. Among a few of them lie the smallest of swaths that do it with less space.
We remember them forever, knowing we once stood in those spots that mean something more than just a great-looking scorecard.
DUNES GOLF & BEACH CLUB’S ENTRYWAY
Most folks are so enamored with checking in and teeing off that they miss one of the best views of the entire day. While no golf hole in Myrtle Beach includes a direct view of the Atlantic Ocean, the back of the clubhouse – where many a wedding take place each year – and the south edge of the building put you right there. Smell the air, listen to a few waves crash, snap a pic and then go enjoy your day. (pictured right)
BAREFOOT RESORT & GOLF, LOVE COURSE’S ‘RUINS’
The five-hole stretch on the front nine of the Davis Love III’s namesake track at Barefoot is a common misnomer (no matter how many times we’ve tried to debunk the myths). The artificial ruins were constructed just prior to the course’s 2000 opening. That doesn’t make them any less cool. Hitting up to a green with those in the backdrop or putting away from them on a couple of the holes never gets old.
WILLBROOK PLANTATION’S HOMAGES TO HISTORY
The 2,600 acres of land at Willbrook were once used primarily for rice. It began in 1776, sort of a big year for this country. But the owners here long ago chose not to ignore the awful parts of the property’s history. Slavery was part of the business model. Rather than ignore it, Willbrook erected six signs at strategic locations to ensure everyone would know the pain once felt on the grounds of this now-celebrated property.
CALEDONIA GOLF & FISH CLUB’S BACK DECK
A visit at one of the area’s best courses isn’t complete unless you build in some time for a post-round beverage on the patio overlooking the 18th green. It was here that so many of Caledonia’s decision makers elected to go all in on the one-time project course. From the deck, you can take it all in – from the final few yards of the course to the marsh off-set to the left. Just remember to applaud when necessary. (top photo)
PINE LAKES COUNTRY CLUB’S… ANYWHERE
Is it the first tee with the plaque paying homage to Robert White? Or the dominating plaid? The wintertime chowder? The Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame? Yes. Everything about Myrtle Beach’s first golf course exudes memories for years to come. The oversized white clubhouse and the 18 holes of the Par-70 track behind it simultaneously takes you back in time and allows you to appreciate the here and now. (pictured right)