Dating back to Biblical times, the number 13 has long been associated with bad luck. Some hotels even go so far as to skip the 13th floor, but the Myrtle Beach golf community is doing its part to dispel the notion of superstition, one great hole at a time.
On the 90 courses that call the Myrtle Beach area home, golfers will find the 13th hole is often anything but unlucky. As a matter of fact, when players arrive at the proverbial baker’s dozen tee box, they may be preparing to play one of the Grand Strand’s best and most memorable challenges.
Here are five unforgettable 13th holes in Myrtle Beach.
— A trip to the famed Dunes Golf & Beach Club, (pictured above) the area’s best course, means you get to play “Waterloo,” the 640-yard, par 5 13th hole. Waterloo is Myrtle Beach’s most famous hole – legendary writer Dan Jenkins once ranked it among the world’s 100 greatest golf holes. The 90-degree dogleg right, which plays around Lake Singleton, may yield a score that makes you cringe, but it’s a hole golfers feel lucky to play.
— Myrtle Beach’s most recognizable par 3 is the iconic 13th at Pawleys Plantation. The peninsula green is surrounded on three sides by a saltwater marsh, leaving the tee shot, which plays under 100 yards from the white tees, at the mercy of the wind coming off the Atlantic Ocean. The hole is as devilish as it is pretty.
— Few holes along the Myrtle Beach golf scene offer a view of the Atlantic Ocean, but the par 5 13th at Tidewater is one of them. The three-shotter plays along Cherry Grove Inlet and golfers enjoy a distant view of the Inlet and the Atlantic merging from a multi-tiered green. There are few views better.
— The 13th hole at Heritage (pictured right) is one of the area’s most memorable par 3s. The hole plays a brawny 175 yards from the white tees and much of the distance is over water. Intimidating as the tee shot sounds, the hole is most known for being home to one of the area’s largest and most dramatic greens complexes. Players on the wrong tier of the peanut-shaped green are sometimes happy to escape with a three-putt, especially if the pin is in the back.
— Arcadian Shores has enjoyed a deserved resurgence following a 2017 renovation project, but the 13th hole on the Rees Jones design has long been one of the area’s best. The downhill par 4 plays 367 yards from the white tees but demands a carry over water to reach a green ringed by azalea bushes. The approach is the day’s most dramatic and when the azaleas are in bloom, the 13th at Arcadian is unforgettable.