Golf course names matter, especially in a market like Myrtle Beach, which is home to 90 layouts. A memorable moniker can help attract players, so as a way of honoring Possum Trot and The Witch (RIP to both), here is our list of the Grand Strand’s five catchiest course names.
Before we begin, this list isn’t a reflection of course popularity, instead focusing on names people remember.
1. For better or worse, how can you forget Diamondback? There is an argument to be made that naming a course after one of America’s most feared snakes isn’t the best idea, but who are we to judge? For the record, there is NO evidence that you are more likely to be bitten by a snake on this Russell Breeden design than you are on any other course, but it is one of the area’s five toughest tracks. Either way, Diamondback is unforgettable. (top photo)
2. Any course with “Hack” in its name will always make my list, hence the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina. It likely won’t take you by surprise to know locals refer to it as the “Hack,” which doubles as a description of the level of play I bring to the course. (pictured right)
3. Arnold Palmer’s name is on the design credits for all three layouts at Myrtle Beach National, and he took significant personal interest in the property’s flagship design – King’s North. Given Arnie’s affinity for the layout, King’s North is an apt and particularly memorable name.
4. The bald eagle population in the Myrtle Beach area is greater than people realize and spotting our national bird remains a treat, which brings us to the fourth course on the list – Eagle Nest. Who knows if you will see a bald eagle during your round, but you won’t forget this Gene Hamm course.
5. Our final spot encompasses one property and multiple courses – the Big Cats at Ocean Ridge. Lion’s Paw, Panther’s Run, Tiger’s Eye and Leopard’s Chase are catchy names and to be colloquially referred to as the Big Cats, helps make them unforgettable. (Tiger’s Eye pictured right)
Honorable mention: Crow Creek (people hate crows, love this golf course, and never forget the name), Rivers Edge (perfectly encapsulates the experience), and Wizard Golf Club (how can you forget a links style golf course named The Wizard?).