Golfers tend to remember courses when discussing travel but even within a general discussion about a layout, certain shots come immediately to mind. Beauty, difficulty and sometimes both are the defining characteristics of these unforgettable challenges to which Myrtle Beach is home to more than a few.
You are likely aware of the drama golfers enjoy on their approach to Caledonia’s 18th green or the second shot on the famed 13th hole at the Dunes Club, but they are far from the only unforgettable challenges players face on a Myrtle Beach golf trip.
Highlighting the depth and quality of Myrtle Beach’s offerings, here are five shots on underrated golf courses you and your buddies will discuss long after the day’s final putt has dropped:
— Arcadian Shores has enjoyed a resurgence following a 2017-18 renovation project, and the thrill of the approach on the par 4 13th hole (pictured above) is better than ever. Often played off a downhill lie, the shot must carry water that runs to the front of the green. It’s a daunting shot and when the azaleas are in bloom in spring, also one of the area’s prettiest.
— Pine Lakes Country Club is Myrtle Beach’s oldest course and has a player-friendly reputation, but the 426-yard third hole (#3 tees) might be the most difficult par 4 at the beach. Water looms from the middle of the fairway all the way through the right side of the green. Drives that don’t find the left side off the tee will force a long approach along or over the water. Did I mention the landing area in front of the green is tight? Bogey here isn’t a bad score and par is outstanding. No matter the number you put on the scorecard, your group will discuss how you fared on the approach after the round.
— Assuming you are a risk-taker, the tee shot on No. 8 at Blackmoor (pictured right) is as memorable a shot as there is along the Grand Strand. Gary Player set the hole up to play as a dogleg right but cut a chute through the trees, allowing the adventurous among us to try and drive the 270-yard green. Hit it straight and a birdie (or possibly better!) await. A crooked drive will result in trouble but either way, it’s a shot you will reminisce about.
— River Club is one of Myrtle Beach’s most underrated tracks. The Tom Jackson design culminates with the unforgettable 18th hole, a par 5 that features a green fronted by water. Whether you are going for the green in two (a gutsy call) or playing it conventionally, the approach provides a dramatic conclusion. Nobody wants to dump a ball in the water on No. 18 and River Club forces players to confront the possibility.
— We’ve got one short par 4 on the list, assuming you try to cut the corner at Blackmoor, and we will conclude with another, the 223-yard 16th hole on the Moorland Course at Legends Resort. The hole is so short you almost have to try and drive the green but trouble abounds. Results aside, it’s a shot you remember.