The Players Championship may aspire to be golf’s fifth major, but for many fans the event is most known as the home of one of the game’s most iconic challenges.
The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass is golf’s most famous island green and there isn’t a close second.
In honor of Pete Dye’s ultimate “signature hole,” here is a look at 5 of Myrtle Beach’s best island greens (please note: we didn’t include the replica of TPC Sawgrass’ 17th hole at World Tour, figuring that would be too easy).
— Long Bay Club is one of two Jack Nicklaus designs along the Myrtle Beach golf scene and its 13th hole is unforgettable. The island green is 123 yards from the white tees. There is plenty of room but that seems much more obvious after you’ve hit the green.
— Willbrook Plantation is one of the area’s hidden gems, and the par 3 6th hole contributes to the course’s considerable charm. The hole is just 107 yards, so par is a real possibility. The water surrounding the green is home to several alligators, adding to its appeal.
— Wizard Golf Club (pictured above)is renowned for being a player-friendly facility but the tee shot on No. 17 is Myrtle Beach’s longest to an island green from the regular tees. The course’s penultimate hole plays 173 yards, so golfers better be prepared to make a confident swing with a mid to long iron.
— The 12th hole at King’s North (pictured right) at Myrtle Beach National is a natural for the list. The green is flanked by the pair of famed SC bunkers, and the layout is one of the area’s most popular.
— Oyster Bay is one of the Grand Strand’s most challenging tracks and the 120-yard 17th hole only adds to that reputation. The tee shot is daunting for all the obvious reasons and the green has significant undulation. This isn’t an easy hole.