The Myrtle Beach golf market is home to nearly 90 courses, including four that are currently ranked among America’s top 100 public layouts. The area is renowned for the quality and quantity of its golf offerings, meaning certain courses will fly a little further under the radar than they should.
Tradition Golf Club is one of those courses. Located in Pawleys Island, Tradition is surrounded by TPC Myrtle Beach, Caledonia, Pawleys Plantation and True Blue, not to mention Willbrook Plantation and Litchfield Country Club, so you get the point – there is a lot of great golf along the South Strand.
Tradition is absolutely one of the layouts that contribute to the area’s assemblage of golf riches. The Ron Garl design’s low profile doesn’t diminish its quality.
Golfers get their first taste of Tradition driving past the par 4 seventh, which plays to an island green, along the road that leads to the clubhouse. The seventh hole whets the appetite of players, giving them something to look forward to before they’ve stepped into the clubhouse.
What else can golfers expect?
• A chance to score. The fairway and greens are moderate in size, meaning you will have room to hit the ball on a layout that isn’t overly penal.
• The key to scoring well is your iron play. This is a second shot golf course.
• There is water at Tradition but most of it is lateral, meaning forced carries are at a minimum with two notable exceptions – the aforementioned seventh hole and the par 3 15th, (pictured right) home to the property’s second island green.
• Tradition installed new Sunday bermudagrass greens in the summer of 2018, a project that was wildly successful. The course’s greens are as good as any in the area – assuming you like smooth, fast putting surfaces – and golfers have taken notice.
• Expect to have a great day. The course is beautiful and in impeccable condition. Golfers have every chance to score and the layout also provides plenty of take home memories.
Tradition doesn’t enjoy the media acclaim of some its neighbors, but it’s a layout golfers always enjoy playing.