The witching season is upon us, so what better time to take a look at five of Myrtle Beach’s scariest courses, if you dare play them from the tips.
Here are five Myrtle Beach courses not as renowned for their difficulty that will send a tingle up the spine of any player brave enough to challenge the layout from the tips.
— There is no challenge more frightening than playing Eagle Nest from the “Perch” tees, which measure a staggering 8,100+ yards. The only par 3 that plays less than 248 yards is the 199-yard seventh. Three of the four par 5s exceed 600 yards and the longest par 4 is the 506-yard second hole. You have to be a scratch golfer to play the Perch tees but even allowing for that, good luck.
— The Big Cats at Ocean Ridge Plantation have long had the ability to make golfers purr with delight and groan in pain. Players that tee it up from the tips at Leopard’s Chase, which plays 7,155 yards, better come ready to accept one of the area’s most significant challenges. Water, mounding, sand and even an 18th hole waterfall conspire to make Leopard’s Chase a cat with more than a little bit of bite.
— River Club plays just 6,677 yards from the tips, a number that’s not daunting on the surface, but with water on 15 of 18 holes, the test is significant. River Club is playable for mid to high handicappers but when challenged from the blue tees, it tightens. Look no further than the par 4, 409-yard 15th hole, which features water on the left, a tree-line on the right and a peninsula green. Don’t sleep on River Club.
— Ask people what the most difficult course at Barefoot Resort is and the Dye Club is often the default answer, it just happens to be wrong. Despite being “short” at 6,834 yards, the Fazio Course (pictured above)is Barefoot’s most demanding. The par 71 tests every part of a players game and the waste areas and formal bunkers will punish wayward shots. When the rough is high, the Fazio Course is a daunting task.
— Wachesaw Plantation East hosted three LPGA Tour events upon its opening, and when played from the 6,933-yard green tees, the layout continues to frighten even the best of players. Water on 15 holes and narrow, tree-lined fairways demand precision from tee-to-green.
If you enjoy a tough test, these five courses need to part of your next Myrtle Beach golf trip.