The TPC brand is synonymous with a PGA Tour level test of golf and that’s certainly the case with the Myrtle Beach venue that is part of the nationwide network of courses.
TPC Myrtle Beach is one of the area’s best layouts, and the Tom Fazio-Lanny Wadkins design has hosted both professional and high-level amateur events, cementing its reputation as a big event property.
As your group prepares to make its next pilgrimage to the Golf Capital of the World, here is what you need to know about TPC Myrtle Beach.
● Greens are the most discussed part of every golf course, and there is a lot to like about the putting surfaces at TPC. They are challenging, offer ample of undulation, and the opportunity for devilish pin placements. You don’t play a TPC course expecting every ball hit to the middle of the green to result in a flat 15-foot birdie putt. What golfers do expect are smooth, fast, surfaces and TPC Myrtle Beach delivers in spades. These greens are on the very short list of the Grand Strand’s best.
● This is a big boy test of golf and the challenge begins almost immediately. Sure, the par 4 first, at just 332 yards (all distances from the white tees), offers a welcoming handshake, but buckle up thereafter. The second is a testy par 5 before the course bares its teeth on holes three and four, consecutive par 4s that play 410 and 405 yards respectively. The third hole demands a forced carry over wetlands and an uphill approach, adding to the effective distance. If those three holes don’t break you, No. 5 is a short par 3, offering a bit of a reprieve, but you must carry water to the green. It’s as tough a start as there is along the Myrtle Beach golf scene.
● Conversely, players have a chance to score on the opening holes of the back nine, beginning with the 322-yard 10th (pictured right). There is a carry over water but it’s a relatively easy par. The 12th is a 277-yard par 4 that offers everyone the hope of birdie and No. 14 is a manageable 467-yard par 5. The opening five holes of the back nine offer the opportunity to pick up strokes, so take advantage of the chance.
● It probably goes without saying but be patient. TPC Myrtle Beach is capable of challenging the best of players; if you hit a bad shot, take your medicine and avoid following one mistake with another. The test at TPC is both mental and physical, so be prepared for both.
● Enjoy the experience. This is one of the premier public courses in all of golf-rich South Carolina. The practice facility is outstanding, you already know about the layout, and a drink on the clubhouse deck is a treat.
TPC Myrtle Beach is a bucket list golf course that exceeds lofty expectations.