Wild Wing, once home to four golf courses, was one of Myrtle Beach’s most prominent facilities, but that spotlight receded with the closing of the Woodstork and Falcon layouts, leaving Avocet as the property’s only full, 18-hole course (nine holes of the Hummingbird remain as well).
Smart group leaders don’t get caught up in what Wild Wing used to be, choosing instead to take advantage of the fact the Jeff Brauer-Larry Nelson designed Avocet delivers one of the area’s best combinations of creativity, challenge and value.
The course is one of the area’s quiet stars and if it’s part of your next Myrtle Beach golf itinerary, here are three holes that will define your round, for better or worse.
Bogey is your friend
Avocet’s sixth hole is, in the opinion of this middling player, one of the most challenging par 4s along the Myrtle Beach golf scene. Playing 406 yards (all distances from the white tees), water borders the left side of the fairway and woods loom on the right. There is approximately 70 yards between the woods and water but if you miss either way, go ahead and pull a new ball from your bag. Even if you find the fairway, a long approach to a narrow double green with multiple tiers awaits. Don’t complain about bogey because this is a hole where a big number is always lurking. (pictured right)
This is your chance!
A short par 4 is one of golf’s most exhilarating challenges, allowing everyone to dream, and Avocet is home to one of the area’s best. The 265-yard 14th (top photo) is reachable for a significant percentage of today’s players, opening up the possibility of birdie or dare I say, eagle. With opportunity comes risk, in the form of sand, swales, water and an undulating green complex that will challenge the best of putters. There is no such thing as an easy golf hole but a good tee shot will set you up with a legit shot at birdie. Take advantage of this opportunity.
The par 5 15th hole, which plays 461 yards, offers another opportunity for birdie, but there is a risk-reward decision. A good drive will provide players the opportunity to bypass playing their second shot into the upper, elevated fairway and go for the green. The approach can be less than 200 yards but it’s almost all over water so anything not purely struck will be wet. Play it conservatively and a short approach to a moderate green will await. Hopefully riding high off a birdie at No. 14, there is the opportunity to build momentum before a challenging finish awaits. (pictured right)
There is much more to a round at Avocet but your group will absolutely be discussing holes 6, 14 and 15 after the round.