Pine Lakes underwent a significant renovation project in 2021, golfers are flocking to Grande Dunes following a wildly successful 2022 restoration, and Pawleys Plantation is in the midst of an even more substantial effort this summer.
All three are high profile layouts deserving of the accolades they’ve received, but there has been an unintended consequence of all that attention.
River Hills Golf Club, which finished a comprehensive greens and bunkers renovation project this spring, is being completely overlooked. For savvy group leaders, the inattention of the masses has created an opportunity to add an outstanding round of golf at an incredible value to their itinerary.
Here are five reasons your group absolutely should be playing River Hills, Myrtle Beach’s most underrated 2023 course, this fall.
– The Tom Jackson is in superior condition and the course’s bunkering is better than ever. Every trap on the course was overhauled and Concrete Capillary Bunker Liners were installed, ensuring they can handle heavy rain with ease. Greater definition was restored to the bunkers and sightlines were improved, subtle but significant upgrades.
– Nearly a year after installation, the greens at River Hills are more receptive than ever. The greens were restored to their original size and specifications, an effort that expanded the putting surfaces by more than 40 percent. The dramatic expansion means more pinnable areas and greater creativity for course setup, both wins for golfers.
– Generally speaking the terrain along the Myrtle Beach golf scene is flat, but River Hills enjoys a rolling piece of property that features 40+ feet of elevation change, which is uncommon for the area. The most dramatic example is on the par 4 18th hole, which plays uphill all the way.
– Put simply: River Hills is a really good golf course. The Little River layout is one of the area’s hidden gems. Sure, it will require a short drive, but the layout, conditioning and service more than make the trip worthwhile. River Hills is a value-priced course that way over delivers, doubly so in the wake of the renovation.
– In addition to the course, River Hills completely overhauled its clubhouse in 2019, creating the feel of a sports bar while delivering a larger, more creative menu. So hang around after your round and enjoy a good meal and a cold drink inside the clubhouse or on the expanded patio. For the record, if you book River Hills as part of the Founders Group Inclusive package, lunch and two drinks comes with your round!
River Hills should be high atop the list of courses you are considering this fall.