Golf is never an easy game but the shorter the hole, the better most of us feel about our chances of success.
When that hole is a par 3, our dreams of par or better increase even more. Everyone can hit a wedge, right?
We pulled together a list of Myrtle Beach’s shortest par 3s, but before you go any further, consider yourself warned: these aren’t all “birdie” holes. Coincidentally or not, the area’s five shortest holes come from four of Myrtle Beach’s most recognizable courses.
Here is a look at the area’s most petite holes (all distances are from the white tees):
No. 9 Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, 92 yards: On a consensus top 100 public course, this is the only hole golfers will sometimes question. Framed on three sides by oak trees and fronted by a waste bunker that runs from tee to green, Caledonia’s ninth is visually pleasing. The hole is more challenging than it appears on the card because the green is narrow, but I’m a fan.
No. 4 King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, 107 yards: This is a birdie a hole. Yes, you have to carry water off the tee, but there is plenty of margin for error and the green is wide. Even for high handicappers, anything worse than bogey here is a disappointment. (pictured above)
No. 11 Love Course at Barefoot Resort, 109 yards: There are two greens the hole can play to, though neither substantially changes the level of difficulty. A large waste bunker helps define the hole but a shot has to be pretty badly mishit to find the sand in front of the green. Players that miss to either side could find a dicey chip up to the putting surface but there is opportunity here.
No. 12 King’s North, 110 yards: This island green with the famed SC bunkers is one of Myrtle Beach’s most photographed golf holes. There is always an intimidation factor with an island green, but the putting surface is large and even the bunkers provide some margin for error. The two-tiered green, which runs from back to front, isn’t without challenge but this isn’t a difficult par.
No. 13 Pawleys Plantation, 115 yards: This is one of Myrtle Beach’s iconic holes. The Jack Nicklaus creation, which almost always plays closer to 80 yards than 115, features a peninsula green that is exposed to the winds off the nearby Atlantic. The target is small and risk is high. If you make par, or even bogey, gladly take your score and head to the next tee. (pictured right)