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{"data":{"186312":{"id":186312,"title":"Myrtlewood\u2019s PineHills Course Completes Comprehensive Bunker Renovation Project","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/06\/PineHills-1st-Green-aerial-overhead-1200.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"myrtlewoods-pinehills-course-completes-comprehensive-bunker-renovation-project","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/myrtlewoods-pinehills-course-completes-comprehensive-bunker-renovation-project\/","created_at":"2024-06-25 06:00:17","modified_at":"2024-06-28 09:30:23","content":"Myrtlewood Golf Club\u2019s PineHills Course<\/a>, one of Myrtle Beach\u2019s most popular layouts, has completed a comprehensive bunker renovation project. Architect Dan Schlegel oversaw the effort, which included the reshaping of bunkers and installation of new drainage and Capillary Concrete Bunker Liners.\r\n\r\nThe project, which began in February and didn\u2019t require the closure of the Arthur Hills design, modernized the bunkers, ensuring the course will continue to deliver the type of experience golfers have come to enjoy.\r\n\r\nIn addition to overhauling the infrastructure of every bunker, Schlegel and his team also raised the profile of the traps, improving the layout\u2019s visual appeal. Previously, many bunkers had a low profile, making them difficult to see from the tee, a problem that has been rectified.\"\"\r\n\r\n\u201cWe were able to deepen the bunkers a little and raise the backsides so when golfers are on the tee or hitting into the green, they will be looking right into them,\u201d Schlegel said. \u201cIf you look at the golf course from an aerial photograph, there is not a lot that's going to change strategically. If you are looking at it from ground level as you play the course, visually it's going to be so much more stimulating and exciting.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhile the crux of the project focused on bunker reconstruction, Schlegel also made architectural tweaks to a handful of holes, most notably the par-4 16th (pictured right)<\/em>. Schlegel removed three large pine trees to the right of a pair of bunkers, creating a smaller, second fairway that provides an advantageous approach to the green, but the shot is all carry over water.\r\n\r\nHe also added a small pot bunker on the left side of the primary fairway, helping frame the hole while presenting a hazard to be avoided by long hitters.\r\n\r\nOn the first and second holes, both par 4s, Schlegel pushed fairway bunkers away from the tee, providing breathing room for shorter hitters without impacting the challenge for stronger players.\r\n\r\nTwo bunkers in the elbow of the dogleg right first hole were combined, moving the sand 15 yards away from the tee and extending the hazard an additional 17 yards toward the green.\"\"\r\n\r\nOn No. 2 (pictured right)<\/em>, a large bunker on the left side of the fairway that was barely visible from the tee was turned into two traps, creating an additional 10 yards of room in front of the sand.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis is the next step forward for Myrtlewood\u2019s PineHills Cours<\/a>e, which is better than it has ever been,\u201d said Steve Mays, president of Founders Group International, Myrtlewood\u2019s parent company. \u201cDan Schlegel and his team did an outstanding job with the new bunkers, and the tweaks to the layout, while small, will absolutely improve the experience for golfers. We look forward to welcoming players from across the country to PineHills this fall.\u201d\r\n\r\n(All photos for this feature from our Instagram Page<\/a>)<\/em>\r\n\r\nClick Here<\/a> to See a Photo Gallery"},"186141":{"id":186141,"title":"New Look! Sky-High Views Of The Front Nine At The PineHills Course","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/06\/PineHills-9th-approach-overhead-aerial-1200.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"new-look-sky-high-views-of-the-front-nine-at-the-pinehills-course","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/new-look-sky-high-views-of-the-front-nine-at-the-pinehills-course\/","created_at":"2024-06-11 06:00:42","modified_at":"2024-06-11 06:10:37","content":"[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Take Flight! Some aerial photos we captured showcasing the new bunkers on the front nine of the PineHills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club which brings a totally fresh look to one of Myrtle Beach's most requested designs.[\/vc_column_text][\/vc_column][\/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=\"186142\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"186143\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"186144\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"186145\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"186146\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"186147\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"186148\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"186149\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"186150\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][\/vc_column][\/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Visit our Instagram page for more photos, follow along @myrtlebeachgolftrips<\/a><\/em>[\/vc_column_text][\/vc_column][\/vc_row]"},"185546":{"id":185546,"title":"Rise and Shine! Morning Views of the PineHills Course at Myrtlewood from Above","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/05\/PineHills-Aerial-New-Money-2-1200.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"rise-and-shine-morning-views-of-the-pinehills-course-at-myrtlewood-from-above","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/rise-and-shine-morning-views-of-the-pinehills-course-at-myrtlewood-from-above\/","created_at":"2024-05-03 06:00:10","modified_at":"2024-05-03 08:40:35","content":"[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]An early stop we made at the PineHills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club to check out the course and the new green and fairway bunkers from the air. A great improvement not only from a playability standpoint but also visually. (Photos captured 5-1-24)[\/vc_column_text][\/vc_column][\/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=\"185548\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"185549\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"185550\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"185551\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"185552\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"185553\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"185556\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][\/vc_column][\/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Visit our Instagram page for more photos, follow along@myrtlebeachgolftrips<\/a><\/em>[\/vc_column_text][\/vc_column][\/vc_row]"},"184978":{"id":184978,"title":"Five Formidable Central Myrtle Beach Par 4s","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/03\/Pine-Lakes-3rd-Hole-1000.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"five-formidable-central-myrtle-beach-par-4s","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/five-formidable-central-myrtle-beach-par-4s\/","created_at":"2024-03-25 06:00:38","modified_at":"2024-03-24 08:47:20","content":"The joy of golf is tackling the unknown. A chance to do something so few before you have done.\r\n\r\nWhen it comes to this game, however, we know Par 4s are going to be the most common thing we face. Most Par 72 courses will have 10 of them, and their ability to equally stand out and confound.\r\n\r\nInside the heart of Myrtle Beach\u2019s Golf Capital USA, we\u2019d like to highlight five who do just that.\r\n\r\nPINE LAKES COUNTRY CLUB<\/a>, NO. 3<\/strong>\r\nIn a lot of ways, the third hole at Pine Lakes is similar to Augusta National\u2019s 11th, only flip the side of the fairway where the green-protecting pond is located. At roughly 250 yards, that water rears its ugly head and can make what felt like a monster drive develop into a drop in a heartbeat. Players can get a decent roll, which makes staying left a must. (Top photo)<\/em>\r\n\r\nGRANDE DUNES RESORT COURSE<\/a>, NO. 3\"\"<\/strong>\r\nEven from the whites, players are still looking at 376 yards. Huge? By itself, no. But the squeeze is also on, too. Mounding on either side of the hole prevents anything left or right from staying in play. From the midway point to the front edge of the green, the hole continues to get smaller and smaller, with plenty of water leaving almost no room for error. (Pictured right)<\/em>\r\n\r\nMYRTLEWOOD GOLF CLUB PINEHILLS<\/a>, NO. 8<\/strong>\r\nWe\u2019re not going to say that it\u2019s impossible for someone to fly the thick tree line protecting this 90-degree dogleg hole. But we\u2019re also not going to advise it, either. It makes the 394 yards feel more like 450-plus because there\u2019s little choice but to play this one straight up. It\u2019s not a bad option and taking the safe route might even take the greenside bunkers out of the equation.\r\n\r\nMYRTLEWOOD GOLF CLUB, PALMETTO<\/a> NO. 15\"\"<\/strong>\r\nAs if the sheer distance on this 419-yard Par 4 wasn\u2019t enough, a long pond runs most of the way up the right side and is nestled directly next to the edge of the fairway. Naturally, most people are going to favor the left side of the green. But room for error there is minimal, and players can actually take their shot at the green completely out of the mix thanks to the forward tree line. (Pictured right)<\/em>\r\n\r\nWHISPERING PINES GOLF COURSE, NO. 16<\/strong>\r\nMuch like Grand Dunes\u2019 hole above, Whispering Pines\u2019 tough Par 4 isn\u2019t about distance, but rather everything that\u2019s included in it. Off the tee, you are immediately forced into a semi-blind shot as a gently sloping dogleg right leaves you knowing you might not see your ball come down. Don\u2019t get too much with that driver, though, as pushing it right on to the water up the left is possible.\r\n\r\n "},"184783":{"id":184783,"title":"Take Flight! New Bunkers at the PineHills Course From Above","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/03\/PineHills-New-Bunkers-15-close.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"from-our-travels-new-bunkers-at-the-pinehills-course-from-above","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/from-our-travels-new-bunkers-at-the-pinehills-course-from-above\/","created_at":"2024-03-15 06:00:09","modified_at":"2024-03-17 07:59:27","content":"[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Check out some aerial photography we captured from the PineHills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club. highlighting the new bunkers on holes 12, 13 & 15. From our perspective this really gives the golf course a fresh look along with creating many spectacular visuals while complementing the green complexes. (Photos captured on 3-13-24)<\/em>[\/vc_column_text][\/vc_column][\/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=\"184785\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"184786\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"184787\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"184788\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][vc_single_image image=\"184789\" img_size=\"large\" add_caption=\"yes\"][\/vc_column][\/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Top photo 15th Green Complex. Visit our Instagram page for more photos, follow along @myrtlebeachgolftrips<\/a><\/em>[\/vc_column_text][\/vc_column][\/vc_row]"},"184694":{"id":184694,"title":"New Course Tops GolfPass List of South Carolina\u2019s Top 25 Public Layouts","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/03\/Founders-Club-10th-1000.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"new-course-tops-golfpass-list-of-south-carolinas-top-25-public-layouts","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/new-course-tops-golfpass-list-of-south-carolinas-top-25-public-layouts\/","created_at":"2024-03-09 06:00:41","modified_at":"2024-03-10 08:05:03","content":"Golf course rankings are inherently subjective. The game\u2019s legacy media typically rely on the evaluation of low handicap course raters with a taste for private layouts and the hottest architectural trends.\r\n\r\nGolfPass, Golf Channel\u2019s travel portal, relies on the opinion of the common man, allowing regular players to evaluate the courses they play and then compiling ratings based on the results.\r\n\r\n\"Golfers are not measuring the quality of the course's routing and place in the game as much as they're summarizing the day-to-day experience compared to the\"\" cost,\u201d GolfPass wrote of its ratings criteria. \u201cIf you charge me $50 on what I perceive to be a $100 course, that's a five-star day. If you charge me $200 for what turns into a $75 experience, a lower-rated review will reveal the discrepancy.\"\r\n\r\nIf you think that sounds like a recipe for success for Myrtle Beach golf courses, you are correct. Nine of the Palmetto State\u2019s top 25 are located along the Grand Strand, a group led by No. 1-ranked Founders Club at Pawleys Island<\/a>, according to Golf Pass.\r\n\r\nSurprised to see Founders Club<\/a> at the top of the list? You shouldn\u2019t be. The Thomas Walker design has been on a steady ascent in recent years, providing outstanding conditions, a unique layout, and the type of value Myrtle Beach is renowned for. (Founders Club top photo)<\/em>\r\n\r\nWith elevated fairways, framed by waste bunkers, Founders is almost devoid of cart paths and Walker\u2019s design creates visuals players remember.\r\n\r\nJoining Founders Club on the list were No. 7 River Hills<\/a>, No. 8 Avocet<\/a>, No. 9 King\u2019s North at Myrtle Beach National<\/a>, No. 10 Burning Ridge<\/a>, No. 14 Myrtlewood\u2019s PineHills Course<\/a>, No. 17 Pawleys Plantation<\/a>, No. 20 World Tour<\/a> and The Wizard Golf Links<\/a> was No. 25.\r\n\r\nThe top 10 ranking for River Hills and the Avocet Course<\/a> is hardly a surprise. River Hills<\/a> installed new greens in 2022 and completed a bunker renovation in 2023,\"\" enhancing an already dramatically underrated layout.\r\n\r\nAvocet is one of the area\u2019s most creative tracks, offering golfers a little bit of everything from an architectural perspective, including the drivable 265-yard, par 4 16th hole.\r\n\r\nKing\u2019s North, an Arnold Palmer design, is one Myrtle Beach\u2019s most popular courses. The King\u2019s North<\/a> experience is highlighted by the par 5 sixth hole, otherwise known as \u201cThe Gambler.\u201d The iconic challenge features an alternate, island fairway that allows the daring among us to shorten the hole in an attempt to make eagle.\r\n\r\nBurning Ridge<\/a> is another course that over delivers on the value side, delighting traveling golfers with a challenge that exceeds expectations. Myrtlewood\u2019s PineHills Course<\/a> is No. 14 but will have its sights set on climbing the list once a bunker renovation project, currently underway, is completed in summer of 2024.\r\n\r\nSimilarly, Pawleys Plantation<\/a>, a stunning Jack Nicklaus design, underwent a comprehensive greens, bunkers and clubhouse renovation project in 2023 and is in pristine condition with the arrival of Myrtle Beach\u2019s peak spring season.\r\n\r\nThe experience at World Tour<\/a>, which features 18 holes that replicate some of the game\u2019s greatest challenges, including Amen Corner and No. 18 at St. Andrews,\"\" remains at the heart of the course\u2019s appeal.\r\n\r\nThe Wizard<\/a> is renowned for its playability and links-inspired layout, giving players a chance to score on a creative design.\r\n\r\nAny course rankings that take value into account are bound to benefit Myrtle Beach, a fact the GolfPass rankings reinforced.\r\n\r\nClick Here to View the Full List<\/a>"},"181038":{"id":181038,"title":"Three Holes At PineHills That Can Sink Your Career Round","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2023\/05\/PineHills-Aerial-New-Money-1200.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"three-holes-at-pinehills-that-can-sink-your-career-round","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/three-holes-at-pinehills-that-can-sink-your-career-round\/","created_at":"2024-07-15 06:00:30","modified_at":"2024-07-15 06:50:32","content":"The PineHills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club<\/a> has a deserved reputation as a player-friendly layout. With a course rating and slope of 69.9\/125 from the white tees, the Arthur Hills design provides a chance to go low, but that doesn\u2019t mean the course is without potential pitfalls.\r\n\r\nInterspersed between holes that offer the opportunity to make birdie are a trio of potential card-wreckers. In the interest of helping you post the best score of your next Myrtle Beach golf trip, here are three holes at PineHills you have to survive.\r\n\r\n\u25cf After a pair of short-ish par 4s to open the round, the 482-yard (all distances from the white tees) third hole (pictured right)<\/em> forces players to confront real danger\"\" for the first time. Distance isn\u2019t the issue but the first two shots on this straight-away par 5 are troublesome. Center-right is the ideal location off the tee but players tend to pull the ball to stay away from water, which encroaches on the fairway the longer you hit it. Golfers that pull the ball then face a pair of large trees that flank the left side, forcing you to play back toward the large pond, where there is little room to layup. Players not familiar with the hole have drowned a lot of balls on the second shot, at which point bogey is a good score. Crucial piece of advice: know where the water is in relation to where you want to hit your second shot and err on the side of caution.\r\n\r\n\u25cf A nearly 90-degree dogleg right, the 394-yard eighth hole is the longest par 4 on the PineHills Course<\/a>. If you hit it long enough to clear the corner of the dogleg, driving the ball up the right side is advantageous, but it brings trees and the possibility of a big number into play. Pull the ball off the tee and a long approach awaits, effectively turning No. 8 into a par 4 \u00bd. The hole isn\u2019t that difficult with a long, straight tee shot but anything else will turn it into a real struggle.\r\n\r\n\u25cf The challenge on the 374-yard 18th hole (pictured right)<\/em> is similar in that the tee shot is vital. Drives that favor the right are rewarded, helping reduce the threat posed by water that lines the left\"\" side of the green on your approach, but first you have to clear a quintet of bunkers. The further your tee shot goes left, the more dangerous that water becomes because the approach on No. 18 is the course\u2019s nerviest. A bunker on the right side of the green - leaving you to blast out toward the water - offers little room to bailout. The final approach has to be a good one, lest you face potential disaster. Two well struck shots are a necessity to have any hope of making par, so take a deep breath and trust your swing.\r\n\r\nThe PineHills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club<\/a> should yield low scores for your group, provided you successfully navigate these three holes."},"180144":{"id":180144,"title":"Something New? 5 Myrtle Beach Golf Courses That Will Offer a Fresh Look This Fall","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2023\/03\/Pawleys-Plantation-Flag-1200.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"something-new-5-myrtle-beach-golf-courses-that-will-offer-a-fresh-look-this-fall","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/something-new-5-myrtle-beach-golf-courses-that-will-offer-a-fresh-look-this-fall\/","created_at":"2023-04-08 06:00:44","modified_at":"2023-05-09 13:25:19","content":"Myrtle Beach\u2019s fall golf season offers a chance for players to enjoy the area\u2019s idyllic 75-degree afternoons and a final buddies trip before winter sets in. While that\u2019s always an attractive combination, several area courses will be fresh off renovations, providing more incentive to visit the Golf Capital of the World.\r\n\r\nIf you want to play a layout that has something new to offer, here are five that need to be on your itinerary.\r\n\r\n\u2013 River Hills Golf Club<\/a>, one of the area\u2019s hidden gems, installed new greens in the summer of 2022 and completed a comprehensive bunker renovation project this year. The Tom Jackson design has never been better. The expanded greens are superb and the bunkers, which have a smaller footprint, enhance the layout\u2019s playability.\r\n\r\n\u2013 Pawleys Plantation<\/a> will reopen by October 1 and it will be the most sought-after tee time at the beach. The Jack Nicklaus design will have new greens, the bunkers will be renovated and in some cases dramatically reduced in size, and the clubhouse bar will offer an expansive view of the marsh. Pawleys is one of the area\u2019s most dramatic layouts and after a summer facelift, it will be even better.\r\n\r\n-The PineHills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club<\/a> will undergo a comprehensive bunker renovation project this fall, installing new Capillary Concrete Bunker Liners and premium sand while providing a more natural look to popular layout's traps. The project will begin in October and be finished by the end of December without interrupting play. This is the next step in the evolution of PineHills, following an acclaimed 2018 greens restoration project\r\n\r\n\u2013 The renovation of the Grande Dunes Resort Course<\/a> in 2022 is still fresh, so if you haven\u2019t teed it up on the Roger Rulewich layout in recent years, it needs to be at the top of your list. Those Intracoastal Waterway views are as stunning as ever and the greens complexes are among Myrtle Beach\u2019s best.\r\n\r\n\u2013 Golf course dining has taken a significant step forward in recent years, but Myrtlewood\u2019s Palmetto Course<\/a> has taken it to a different level with the opening of the Dog House in 2023. Located at the intersection of holes 5, 13 and 16, this themed quarter house serves hotdogs that reflect the regional preferences of Myrtle Beach golfers. From the Chicago Dog to the Coney, there is something for everyone. Here is a vote for Back 9 Dog, featuring homemade pimento cheese, chopped bacon and drizzled with sriracha.\r\n\r\nIf you are looking for something new this fall, these five courses will deliver.\r\n\r\nPhotos for this story from our Instagram account @myrtlebeachgolftrips<\/a><\/em>"},"179792":{"id":179792,"title":"Season 2 of Waterway Live Prepared to Launch at Myrtlewood Golf Club","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2023\/03\/Waterway-Live-Boat-Putting-Green.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"season-2-of-waterway-live-prepared-to-launch-at-myrtlewood-golf-club","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/season-2-of-waterway-live-prepared-to-launch-at-myrtlewood-golf-club\/","created_at":"2023-03-04 06:00:56","modified_at":"2023-03-05 08:45:21","content":"Waterway Live<\/a>, a family-friendly event series at Myrtlewood Golf Club<\/a>, will return Friday, March 10, featuring live music, food trucks, activities for children, and stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway.\r\n\r\nThe event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and admission is free. Emerald Empire Band, high-energy ensemble that plays throughout the South, will provide the entertainment, setting the stage for memorable kickoff to Waterway Live in 2023.\r\n\r\nCoastal BBQ and Rentko\u2019s London Broil Steak Sandwiches & Polish Food will lead a contingent of food trucks on hand to serve attendees as they enjoy the St. Patrick\u2019s Day themed event. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to relax in, listen to music, and dance while children enjoy a variety of activities.\r\n\r\nA monthly event series, Waterway Live<\/a> will run from March through October. The 2023 schedule is as follows:\r\n\r\nMarch 10: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.\"\"\r\nApril 21: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.\r\nMay 19: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.\r\nJune 22: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.\r\nJuly 20: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.\r\nAugust 17: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.\r\nSeptember 22: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.\r\nOctober 20: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.\r\n\r\nLong one of the area\u2019s best multi-course golf facilities, Myrtlewood is home to the Palmetto<\/a> and PineHills<\/a> courses, both of which have undergone significant renovation projects in recent years, allowing them to maintain their status in the game\u2019s most popular market.\r\n\r\nFor More Information and Sponsorship Opportunities Click Here<\/a>"},"178318":{"id":178318,"title":"GolfDay Ranks 9 Myrtle Beach Courses Among America\u2019s Top 100 Public Layouts","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2022\/11\/DUCL6.jpg","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"golfday-ranks-9-myrtle-beach-courses-among-americas-top-100-public-layouts","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/golfday-ranks-9-myrtle-beach-courses-among-americas-top-100-public-layouts\/","created_at":"2022-11-30 06:00:38","modified_at":"2022-11-29 09:31:57","content":"GolfDay, a blog that touts itself as a premiere golf course guide, has unveiled its list of the \u201cU.S. Top 100 Public Courses: 2023<\/a>\u201d and Myrtle Beach dominated the website\u2019s ranking of America\u2019s best public access facilities.\r\n\r\nA couple of familiar names led nine Grand Strand courses that earned a spot on the list. Headlining the Myrtle Beach contingent was the Dunes Golf & Beach Club<\/a>, which was ranked as America\u2019s second-best public layout, followed by No. 5 Caledonia Golf & Fish Club<\/a>, No. 40 True Blue<\/a>, No. 60 Thistle Golf Club, No. 82 Avocet at Wild Wing<\/a>, No. 84 Pawleys Plantation<\/a>, No. 89 Myrtlewood Golf Club<\/a>, No. 95 TPC Myrtle Beach<\/a> and No. 100 Arcadian Shores<\/a>.\r\n\r\nThe GolfDay list didn\u2019t include resort courses, meaning layouts at places like Pinehurst and Bandon Dunes, for example, weren\u2019t included.\r\n\r\nIt was hardly a surprise to find the Dunes Club<\/a> (top photo)<\/em>, a consensus top 100 public course, near the top of the list. The course combines its rich history - the layout has hosted the U.S. Women\u2019s Open and six Senior PGA Tour Championships - with the brilliance of Robert Trent Jones Sr.\u2019s design work to create an unforgettable experience.\r\n\r\nMike Strantz\u2019s first solo design, Caledonia<\/a> plays through a stunning piece of Lowcountry property, culminating with the unforgettable 18th hole, a par 4 that requires\"Caledonia a carry over water to a green that resides in the shadow of the course\u2019s historic clubhouse.\r\n\r\nTrue Blue<\/a>, Caledonia\u2019s sister course, offers a contrasting experience. The fairways, waste bunkers and greens are among the area\u2019s largest and are at the heart of one of coastal South Carolina\u2019s most creative designs.\r\n\r\nIt was good to see Thistle<\/a>, one of the Grand Strand\u2019s most underrated properties, earn a spot on the GolfDay list. The 27-hole, Scottish-inspired course was designed by Tim Cate. Featuring generous fairways, mounding and pot bunkers, Thistle provides players a taste of golf in the Olde Country.\r\n\r\nA Larry Nelson-Jeff Brauer design, Avocet<\/a> is another of Myrtle Beach\u2019s hidden gems. Featuring dual fairways and the drivable, 265-yard 14th hole, Avocet is a layout players talk about long after they\u2019ve returned home.\r\n\r\nPawleys Plantation<\/a> (pictured right) is on the short list of the prettiest courses in South Carolina. Featuring six back nine holes that reside along a saltwater march, the Jack Nicklaus\"Pawleys layout is unforgettable, highlighted by the par 3 13th, which plays to a peninsula green surrounded on three sides by water.\r\n\r\nMyrtlewood, home to the Palmetto<\/a> and PineHills<\/a> courses, enjoys a perfect location in the heart of Myrtle Beach. A round at the Palmetto Course is highlighted by the par 4 18th hole, which finishes along the Intracoastal Waterway. Regardless of which Myrtlewood course you play, a memorable day awaits.\r\n\r\nTPC Myrtle Beach<\/a> long ago earned its reputation as one of the area\u2019s premier big event venues. The Tom Fazio-Lanny Wadkins design has hosted a Senior PGA Tour Championship, a NCAA Tournament Region Championship and numerous other high profile amateur tournaments. TPC is certainly among America\u2019s best public courses.\r\n\r\nMyrtle Beach\u2019s entries on the list started with a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design and it ends with his son\u2019s first solo layout. Rees Jones\u2019 work at Arcadian Shores Golf<\/a> Club helped set him on the path to architectural greatness. The course has been in superb condition following a 2019 renovation project.\r\n\r\nFor a complete list of Myrtle Beach golf courses and pricing, click here<\/a>."}},"meta":{"current_page":0,"next_page":1,"total_pages":7}}{"data":{"186743":{"id":186743,"title":"Fairway Facelifts: 5 Must-Play Renovated Courses in Myrtle Beach","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/07\/Pawleys-Aerial-16-and-13-Sunrise-Low-1200.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"fairway-facelifts-5-must-play-renovated-courses-in-myrtle-beach","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/fairway-facelifts-5-must-play-renovated-courses-in-myrtle-beach\/","created_at":"2024-07-25 06:00:25","modified_at":"2024-07-23 09:28:14","content":"Myrtle Beach opened its last new course in 2008, but that doesn\u2019t mean the market is stagnant. From Rivers Edge in Shallotte, N.C. to Pawleys Plantation in the south, courses all along the Grand Strand golf scene have undertaken renovations.\r\n\r\nIf you are looking for a quick primer on how courses have changed, here is a look at Myrtle Beach's most dramatic golf course renovations over the last five years.\r\n\r\n#5<\/strong> Lost in the flurry of the more recent work is the 2019 overhaul of the Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood<\/a>. Architect Dan Schlegel installed new Sunday Ultradwarf Bermuda grass greens and restored the putting surfaces to their original dimensions, an effort that expanded the greens by 28 percent. Every bunker was renovated, restoring shape and character that had been lost over the years. The bunkers, while not necessarily larger in size, are much more visible along the fairway, challenging players taking aggressive lines, particularly on par 5s.\r\n\r\n#4<\/strong> The renovation of River Hills Golf & Country Club<\/a> (2023) didn\u2019t attract as much attention as the other entries on our list, but don\u2019t be fooled. The Tom Jackson\"\" design is one of the area\u2019s most underrated layouts and it\u2019s better than ever following a greens restoration effort that expanded the putting surfaces by 40 percent on average. Throw in new bunkers, highlighted by Capillary Concrete Liners, and River Hills has enjoyed a deserved post-renovation surge. (River Hills pictured right)<\/em>\r\n\r\n#3<\/strong> Grande Dunes Resort Club<\/a> could have easily been second on the list (Pine Lakes earned the nod due to the conversion from paspalum to Sunday bermuda). Architect John Harvey, who worked with Roger Rulewich on the original design and construction of Grande Dunes, returned in 2023 to restore the acclaimed layout\u2019s greens and refurbish its bunkers. Grande Dunes also completely renovated its clubhouse, opening Terrazza 19<\/a>, a restaurant that has become a favorite of golfers and locals in search of a great meal.\r\n\r\n#2<\/strong> Myrtle Beach\u2019s first course, Pine Lakes Country Club<\/a> received a makeover in 2021, replacing paspalum greens with Sunday bermudagrass, an ultradwarf strain\"\" that is well suited to the area\u2019s subtropical climate. Architect Craig Schreiner also renovated every bunker on the course, an effort that provided new bunker faces featuring traditional and native grasses that roll into the sand, giving the course a more natural look. (Pine Lakes pictured right)<\/em>\r\n\r\n#1<\/strong> Pawleys Plantation Golf Club<\/a> is one of the area\u2019s most recognizable courses, highlighted by a back nine that plays along a stunning saltwater marsh, and the Jack Nicklaus design has a new look following a 2023 renovation project. The Nicklaus Design team returned to the course, restoring the greens to their original size and specifications. Even more dramatically, the rambling bunkers that framed so many holes were eliminated in favor of native areas, wider fairways, and strategic sand traps enhancing the layout\u2019s playability without sacrificing the challenge for more skilled players. With a renovated clubhouse and the new Palmetto Jacks restaurant, the experience at Pawleys Plantation has been significantly enhanced. (Pawleys Plantation Golf Club top photo)<\/em>\r\n\r\nAll photos for this feature from our Instagram Account @myrtlebeachgolftrips<\/a><\/em>"},"186456":{"id":186456,"title":"Myrtle Beach Courses Where You Can Post a Good Number","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/06\/Palmetto-aerial-18th-high.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"myrtle-beach-courses-where-you-can-post-a-good-number","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/myrtle-beach-courses-where-you-can-post-a-good-number\/","created_at":"2024-07-01 06:00:22","modified_at":"2024-06-30 09:07:59","content":"Confidence is everything. Building it in real time means that much more.\r\n\r\nWe don\u2019t want to be given that confidence. We want to earn it. These five opportunities allow players to do just that. The designs aren\u2019t gimmes; they\u2019re chances to navigate different types of terrain and then reap the mental rewards.\r\n\r\nWe\u2019ve included different types of tracks that will suit different types of players in different types of roles.\r\n\r\nOne of them will check your box.\r\n\r\nPINE LAKES COUNTRY CLUB\"\"<\/strong><\/a>\r\nMaybe the most \u201cdifficult\u201d of the five courses on this list, the major trouble at Pine Lakes is relegated to a small number of holes (Nos. 5, 13 and 14, in particular) for those who aren\u2019t trying to push themselves to the limit or take unnecessary risks. The Granddaddy is Myrtle Beach\u2019s oldest course, and the fact that the Par 70 design is fast approaching its 100th anniversary should tell you that it\u2019s not here to bust you up like Mr. T in Rocky. It\u2019s a playable and beautiful track the keeps the body blows to a minimum. (Pine Lakes pictured right)<\/em>\r\n\r\nMYRTLEWOOD, PALMETTO COURSE<\/strong><\/a>\r\nEven before Founders Golf re-invested some serious cash flow into a significant greens renovation project, we probably would have included it. But after those putting surfaces were converted to Sunday Bermuda and sized back out to their original dimensions, Palmetto was a lock. At 6,500 yards from the white tees, it does ask for a little more off the tee than many courses in the area. However, there\u2019s a lot of room in most of the fairways and a chance to shave distance without flirting with a bunch of penalties. (Palmetto 18th top photo)<\/em>\r\n\r\nBEACHWOOD GOLF CLUB<\/strong><\/a>\r\nYou had to know we were going to include a Gene Hamm layout here. Actually, we\u2019ll have two (more below). Frankly, his designs were cultivated to make golf more friendly for Common Joes who don\u2019t have 50 hours a week to spend at the range. As such, Beachwood - his oldest local project - did exactly that. It measures at 6,250 yards from the whites and while there is a good bit of water along the course, most of it is either not really in play from the tee boxes or visible enough to avoid. We will caution you to remember the opposite is true on No. 3. Nonetheless, that\u2019s the anomaly.\r\n\r\nBURNING RIDGE GOLF CLUB<\/strong><\/a>\r\nSome 35 yards shorter than Beachwood at 6,216 yards is another Hamm layout that probably doesn\u2019t get the credit it deserves. Packaged with a handful of courses lining primary corridor into Myrtle Beach on U.S. 501, Burning Ridge is tucked inside a housing development without much of the housing development distractions, too. Players here just need to be able to handle the longest hole of the day, the 546-yard Par 5 opener and then use the five ensuing holes - two Par 3s and three relatively short Par 4s - to get into a solid rhythm that should carry throughout the rest of the round.\r\n\r\nMYRTLE BEACH NATIONAL, WEST COURSE\"\"<\/strong><\/a>\r\nA true local\u2019s everyday favorite, West provides all the benefits of the Myrtle Beach National property without the difficulty of King\u2019s North or even, to a lesser degree, SouthCreek. And because of its lack of pure distance, those of us who need a little extra work on our short game should be making West a priority. The Par 72 chimes in at 6,114 yards, and it doesn\u2019t include a single Par 4 north of 393 yards. If that doesn\u2019t scream par\/bogey golf, we don\u2019t know what will. Sneak in a few birdies, too, and you\u2019ll be walking a little taller after the round. (West Course 18th right)<\/em>"},"186312":{"id":186312,"title":"Myrtlewood\u2019s PineHills Course Completes Comprehensive Bunker Renovation Project","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/06\/PineHills-1st-Green-aerial-overhead-1200.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"myrtlewoods-pinehills-course-completes-comprehensive-bunker-renovation-project","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/myrtlewoods-pinehills-course-completes-comprehensive-bunker-renovation-project\/","created_at":"2024-06-25 06:00:17","modified_at":"2024-06-28 09:30:23","content":"Myrtlewood Golf Club\u2019s PineHills Course<\/a>, one of Myrtle Beach\u2019s most popular layouts, has completed a comprehensive bunker renovation project. Architect Dan Schlegel oversaw the effort, which included the reshaping of bunkers and installation of new drainage and Capillary Concrete Bunker Liners.\r\n\r\nThe project, which began in February and didn\u2019t require the closure of the Arthur Hills design, modernized the bunkers, ensuring the course will continue to deliver the type of experience golfers have come to enjoy.\r\n\r\nIn addition to overhauling the infrastructure of every bunker, Schlegel and his team also raised the profile of the traps, improving the layout\u2019s visual appeal. Previously, many bunkers had a low profile, making them difficult to see from the tee, a problem that has been rectified.\"\"\r\n\r\n\u201cWe were able to deepen the bunkers a little and raise the backsides so when golfers are on the tee or hitting into the green, they will be looking right into them,\u201d Schlegel said. \u201cIf you look at the golf course from an aerial photograph, there is not a lot that's going to change strategically. If you are looking at it from ground level as you play the course, visually it's going to be so much more stimulating and exciting.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhile the crux of the project focused on bunker reconstruction, Schlegel also made architectural tweaks to a handful of holes, most notably the par-4 16th (pictured right)<\/em>. Schlegel removed three large pine trees to the right of a pair of bunkers, creating a smaller, second fairway that provides an advantageous approach to the green, but the shot is all carry over water.\r\n\r\nHe also added a small pot bunker on the left side of the primary fairway, helping frame the hole while presenting a hazard to be avoided by long hitters.\r\n\r\nOn the first and second holes, both par 4s, Schlegel pushed fairway bunkers away from the tee, providing breathing room for shorter hitters without impacting the challenge for stronger players.\r\n\r\nTwo bunkers in the elbow of the dogleg right first hole were combined, moving the sand 15 yards away from the tee and extending the hazard an additional 17 yards toward the green.\"\"\r\n\r\nOn No. 2 (pictured right)<\/em>, a large bunker on the left side of the fairway that was barely visible from the tee was turned into two traps, creating an additional 10 yards of room in front of the sand.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis is the next step forward for Myrtlewood\u2019s PineHills Cours<\/a>e, which is better than it has ever been,\u201d said Steve Mays, president of Founders Group International, Myrtlewood\u2019s parent company. \u201cDan Schlegel and his team did an outstanding job with the new bunkers, and the tweaks to the layout, while small, will absolutely improve the experience for golfers. We look forward to welcoming players from across the country to PineHills this fall.\u201d\r\n\r\n(All photos for this feature from our Instagram Page<\/a>)<\/em>\r\n\r\nClick Here<\/a> to See a Photo Gallery"},"184978":{"id":184978,"title":"Five Formidable Central Myrtle Beach Par 4s","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/03\/Pine-Lakes-3rd-Hole-1000.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"five-formidable-central-myrtle-beach-par-4s","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/five-formidable-central-myrtle-beach-par-4s\/","created_at":"2024-03-25 06:00:38","modified_at":"2024-03-24 08:47:20","content":"The joy of golf is tackling the unknown. A chance to do something so few before you have done.\r\n\r\nWhen it comes to this game, however, we know Par 4s are going to be the most common thing we face. Most Par 72 courses will have 10 of them, and their ability to equally stand out and confound.\r\n\r\nInside the heart of Myrtle Beach\u2019s Golf Capital USA, we\u2019d like to highlight five who do just that.\r\n\r\nPINE LAKES COUNTRY CLUB<\/a>, NO. 3<\/strong>\r\nIn a lot of ways, the third hole at Pine Lakes is similar to Augusta National\u2019s 11th, only flip the side of the fairway where the green-protecting pond is located. At roughly 250 yards, that water rears its ugly head and can make what felt like a monster drive develop into a drop in a heartbeat. Players can get a decent roll, which makes staying left a must. (Top photo)<\/em>\r\n\r\nGRANDE DUNES RESORT COURSE<\/a>, NO. 3\"\"<\/strong>\r\nEven from the whites, players are still looking at 376 yards. Huge? By itself, no. But the squeeze is also on, too. Mounding on either side of the hole prevents anything left or right from staying in play. From the midway point to the front edge of the green, the hole continues to get smaller and smaller, with plenty of water leaving almost no room for error. (Pictured right)<\/em>\r\n\r\nMYRTLEWOOD GOLF CLUB PINEHILLS<\/a>, NO. 8<\/strong>\r\nWe\u2019re not going to say that it\u2019s impossible for someone to fly the thick tree line protecting this 90-degree dogleg hole. But we\u2019re also not going to advise it, either. It makes the 394 yards feel more like 450-plus because there\u2019s little choice but to play this one straight up. It\u2019s not a bad option and taking the safe route might even take the greenside bunkers out of the equation.\r\n\r\nMYRTLEWOOD GOLF CLUB, PALMETTO<\/a> NO. 15\"\"<\/strong>\r\nAs if the sheer distance on this 419-yard Par 4 wasn\u2019t enough, a long pond runs most of the way up the right side and is nestled directly next to the edge of the fairway. Naturally, most people are going to favor the left side of the green. But room for error there is minimal, and players can actually take their shot at the green completely out of the mix thanks to the forward tree line. (Pictured right)<\/em>\r\n\r\nWHISPERING PINES GOLF COURSE, NO. 16<\/strong>\r\nMuch like Grand Dunes\u2019 hole above, Whispering Pines\u2019 tough Par 4 isn\u2019t about distance, but rather everything that\u2019s included in it. Off the tee, you are immediately forced into a semi-blind shot as a gently sloping dogleg right leaves you knowing you might not see your ball come down. Don\u2019t get too much with that driver, though, as pushing it right on to the water up the left is possible.\r\n\r\n "},"184385":{"id":184385,"title":"Bomber\u2019s Paradise: 5 Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Long Hitters Love","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/02\/True-Blue-Tee-Large-1000.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"bombers-paradise-5-myrtle-beach-golf-courses-long-hitters-love","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/bombers-paradise-5-myrtle-beach-golf-courses-long-hitters-love\/","created_at":"2024-02-16 06:00:32","modified_at":"2024-02-14 17:08:28","content":"Distance has been a hot button issue in golf (non-LIV division, of course) with the USGA going so far as to announce a (foolish) plan to roll the ball back for recreational players in 2030. Despite what the emperors at the USGA may believe, most of us don\u2019t hit the ball far enough to make any layout obsolete.\r\n\r\nFor those who enjoy trying to bomb the driver, with the comfort of knowing you have a lot of fairway to work with, here are five Myrtle Beach golf courses you will love.\r\n\r\n\u25cf Restored greens and completely renovated bunkers attracted most of the attention in a 2022 renovation of Grande Dunes<\/a>, but quietly, the fairways were expanded as well. If you can\u2019t find the short grass here, you have only yourself to blame, and there are no severe doglegs on the property, meaning the layout doesn\u2019t favor a certain ball flight. Enjoy swinging from the heels on this Roger Rulewich beauty. (Grande Dunes pictured below)<\/em>\r\n\r\n\u25cf No surprise to find True Blue<\/a>, home to arguably the area\u2019s widest fairways, on the list. The Mike Strantz layout provides a slight advantage to players who can hit a draw on command, but it\u2019s not a dealbreaker if you play a fade. True Blue is fun, and your enjoyment will begin with pounding the driver. (True Blue top photo)<\/em>\r\n\r\n\u25cf Tom Doak wasn\u2019t yet an architectural legend when he designed the Heathland Course at Legends Resort<\/a>, but anyone who played his lone Myrtle Beach layout,\"\" which opened in 1990, immediately knew he was a star on the rise. Inspired by the great links courses of Britain and Ireland, Heathland features expansive, sometimes rolling, fairways. You have to hit the ball sideways to miss here.\r\n\r\n\u25cf Beachwood Golf Club<\/a> won\u2019t appear on any top 100 lists, but Gene Hamm designed it with the people in mind. There are no homes and ample latitude off the tee, so there is plenty to like about this value-centric course, especially as a day of arrival play.\r\n\r\n\u25cf This one might come as a bit of a surprise but give me the Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood<\/a>. If you are a super long hitter - a brand of golf I\u2019m not familiar with - maybe you won\u2019t hit driver all the time at Palmetto, but for the rest of us? Let the big dog eat, especially on a back nine that begs you to swing away.\r\n\r\nMyrtle Beach golf courses typically have roomy corridors, but these five layouts will help reduce stress when you pull out the driver."},"184100":{"id":184100,"title":"Scouting Palmetto: A Golfer's Guide to a Great Collection of Par 3s","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2024\/01\/Palmetto-11th-1000.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"scouting-palmetto-a-golfers-guide-to-a-great-collection-of-par-3s","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/scouting-palmetto-a-golfers-guide-to-a-great-collection-of-par-3s\/","created_at":"2024-01-24 06:00:42","modified_at":"2024-01-24 06:34:41","content":"Myrtlewood\u2019s Palmetto Course is on the short list of the area\u2019s most popular layouts and at the heart of the Edmund Alt design\u2019s popularity is a quartet of par 3s that require a combination of skill and nerve to conquer.\r\n\r\nAs you make plans for your next Myrtle Beach golf trip, here is a quick scouting report on the Palmetto\u2019s memorable collection of par 3s.\r\n\r\nNo. 4\"Palmetto<\/strong>\r\nHandicap: 15<\/strong>\r\n190 yards (blue), 165 yards (white tees), 150 yards (gold tees), 108 yards (red tees)<\/strong>\r\n\r\nPalmetto\u2019s first one-shotter is a dicey one. There is water to contend with en route to an elevated green, but if your ball is wet here you probably deserve it. Of greater concern are a pair of bunkers that squeeze the front of the green, meaning it will take a well struck shot or a little luck to get it close. When the pin is tucked behind the bunker on the left, don\u2019t give in to the temptation to fire at the flag; play instead to the middle of the green and be happy with par.\r\n\r\nNo. 7\"\"<\/strong>\r\nHandicap: 17<\/strong>\r\nBlue - 178, White - 153, 135 Gold, 100 Red<\/strong>\r\n\r\nThis isn\u2019t the easiest hole on the front nine, no matter what the scorecard says. Matter-of-fact, with water fronting the green, this is one Palmetto\u2019s most daunting tee shots. The seventh might be the course\u2019s shortest par 3, but it never feels that way when you are on the tee. There is some bailout room left, but mostly you have to take a deep breath and trust your swing.\r\n\r\nNo. 11<\/strong>\r\nHandicap: 10<\/strong>\r\nBlue - 205, White - 190, Gold - 176, Red - 121<\/strong>\r\n\r\nThere is nothing complicated about this bad boy. Bring all you\u2019ve got to the tee and let it rip. If length alone wasn\u2019t enough, there is a deep bunker on the left side of the green that is best avoided. Unless you\u2019ve got a lot of game, aim toward the right side of the green and play conservative. If you miss short right, you can run the ball up and have a chance to make par, which is easier than playing out of or over the bunker. Par is a great score here. (11th top photo)<\/em>\r\n\r\nNo. 17\"\"<\/strong>\r\nHandicap: 16<\/strong>\r\nBlue - 179, White - 162, 125 - Gold, Red - 106<\/strong>\r\n\r\nPlaying from an elevated tee box with the Intracoastal Waterway in view, No. 17 is one of Palmetto\u2019s most memorable challenges. You will need to play over water to a green flanked by three bunkers, but No. 17 doesn\u2019t play as long as the scorecard suggests. The green is shallow, and this is a hole where you can be aggressive.\r\n\r\nTaken together, the Palmetto\u2019s par 3s are testy, demanding precision mid irons shots with at least a whiff of danger on every full swing. Enjoy.\r\n\r\n "},"183301":{"id":183301,"title":"Dramatic Drives and Coastal Vibes: Myrtle Beach's Finest Par 4s Revealed","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2023\/11\/Palmetto-Boat-18th-Golfers-1.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"dramatic-drives-and-coastal-vibes-myrtle-beachs-finest-par-4s-revealed","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/dramatic-drives-and-coastal-vibes-myrtle-beachs-finest-par-4s-revealed\/","created_at":"2023-11-24 06:00:56","modified_at":"2023-11-21 13:42:52","content":"It\u2019s standard fare for golf courses tout signature holes, but there are only a handful along the Myrtle Beach golf scene that stand out from the crowd, leaving you and your buddies immediately asking, \u201cHow did you do?\u201d after the round.\r\n\r\nIf you place a premium on those breathtaking, potentially match-swinging holes, here are 5 of Myrtle Beach\u2019s most unforgettable par 4s.\r\n\r\n\u2013 On a layout that offers an embarrassment of riches, the par 4 16th at Pawleys Plantation<\/a> provides the greatest combination of jaw-dropping scenery and challenge.\"\" The dogleg left plays 401 yards (all distances from white tees or the course equivalent) to a fairway that is as wide as any on the course, but a draw around the corner is significantly rewarded, as golfers discover when a green that abuts the tidal marsh comes into view. An already daunting approach will be even more demanding if your tee ball drifts to the right, potentially mandating a layup. The 16th is the hardest hole on the back nine, according to the scorecard, but it\u2019s a challenge you will love. (pictured right)<\/em>\r\n\r\n\u2013 Grande Dunes Resort Club<\/a> is home to a trio of par 4s that play along the Intracoastal, none more memorable than the 386-yard ninth. An elevated tee box offers a dramatic view of the water and a fairway that tumbles away, before beginning a steep ascent back up toward a large, but not particularly severe, green. Driving is at a premium because it will determine the length of an approach that will almost certainly be off a downhill lie. \r\n\r\n\u2013 The 18th at Caledonia<\/a> is the most recognizable par 4 along the Myrtle Beach golf scene, requiring an approach\"\" across water to a green residing in the shadow of the property\u2019s famed clubhouse deck. It\u2019s as memorable a shot as there is at the beach, especially when your fellow players are crowded on the porch, oohing and ahhing with the result of every swing. Pro tip: your tee shot will determine the difficulty of the approach. Pull whatever club in the bag you are most likely to hit 205-210 yards, assuming it\u2019s straight, and you will be poised to look like a hero to the assembled masses.\r\n\r\n\u2013 Tidewater Golf Club<\/a> joins Pawleys on the short list of the area\u2019s prettiest courses, and the par 4 fourth hole, a gentle dogleg left that hugs Cherry Grove Inlet, is the layout\u2019s best. A draw off the tee is rewarded, but it\u2019s the approach to a green encircled by cavernous bunkers that leaves everyone talking.\r\n\r\n\u2013 Myrtlewood\u2019s Palmetto Course<\/a> doesn\u2019t have quite the same pedigree as the other layouts on our list, but I\u2019m partial to No. 18, the first Myrtle Beach golf hole built along the Intracoastal. An elevated tee box offers a panoramic view of the water, setting the stage for a dramatic drive. This is a great hole to finish a match on. (Top photo)<\/em>\r\n\r\nGiven how many layouts call Myrtle Beach home, there are numerous other holes that have a claim to being on the list, with a couple of the two-shotters at Glen Dornoch<\/a> and Rivers Edge<\/a> leading the charge, but these five par 4s are must plays.\r\n\r\n(Photos for this piece from our Instagram Account @myrtlebeachgolftrips<\/a> follow along!)<\/em>"},"181280":{"id":181280,"title":"Myrtle Beach\u2019s 18 Most Iconic Golf Holes","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2023\/06\/DUCL4.jpg","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"myrtle-beachs-18-most-iconic-golf-holes","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/myrtle-beachs-18-most-iconic-golf-holes\/","created_at":"2023-12-08 06:00:39","modified_at":"2024-07-09 09:10:51","content":"The Myrtle Beach golf scene is home to more than 1,000 holes, providing challenges that range from sub-100-yard par 3s to gargantuan par 5s, but which of those holes are most memorable?\r\n\r\nWith so many choices, it\u2019s not an easy question to answer but after consulting with numerous Myrtle Beach veterans, here is a list of the area\u2019s 18 most iconic holes:\r\n\r\nDunes Club<\/a> - No. 13, 620 yards, par 5 <\/strong>(top photo)<\/em>\r\n\u201cWaterloo,\u201d as the 13th at the Dunes Club is known, was one of the game\u2019s first true signature holes and it helped launch the area\u2019s rise as a golf destination. The 90-degree dogleg right challenges players to navigate Lake Singleton every step of the way.\r\n\r\n\"\"\r\n\r\nKing\u2019s North at Myrtle Beach National<\/a> - No. 6, 568 yards, par 5<\/strong>\r\n\u201cThe Gambler.\u201d Does anything else need to be said? This par 5, featuring an alternate, island fairway, was a no-brainer for the list. The Gambler is the ultimate risk-reward challenge and it\u2019s one you won\u2019t forget.\r\n\r\n\"Caledonia\r\n\r\nCaledonia Golf & Fish Club<\/a> - No. 18, 383-yard, par 4<\/strong>\r\nThis shortish par 4 is home to the Grand Strand\u2019s most famed approach. Golfers must clear the waters of the Waccamaw Neck to reach a green that resides in the shadow of the property\u2019s stately clubhouse. When there are people on the veranda reacting to every shot, good or bad, it\u2019s the perfect end to a memorable round.\r\n\r\n\"\"<\/a><\/strong>\r\n\r\nPawleys Plantation Golf Club<\/a> - No. 13, 149 yards, par 3<\/strong>\r\nIgnore the scorecard yardage. The hole typically plays less than 100 yards to a peninsula green exposed on three sides to a tidal marsh, with the wind coming off the nearby Atlantic Ocean. There isn\u2019t a better view or a more knee-knocking shot in the area.\r\n\r\n\"\"<\/a><\/strong>\r\n\r\nTPC Myrtle Beach<\/a> - No. 9, 471 yards, par 4<\/strong>\r\nYou expected No. 18? The ninth at TPC is emblematic of the challenge at one of the area\u2019s most decorated courses - it\u2019s long, straight and difficult. This is a great close to the opening nine and golfers that make par here will enjoy a deserved sense of satisfaction.\r\n\r\n\"Tidewater\r\n\r\nTidewater Golf Club<\/a> - No. 4, 418 yards, par 4<\/strong>\r\nA gentle dogleg left, No. 4 at Tidewater plays along Cherry Grove Inlet and demands two outstanding shots to reach a green ringed by six high-faced bunkers. It\u2019s on the shortlist of the area\u2019s best par 4s.\r\n\r\n\"Barefoot\r\n\r\nLove Course at Barefoot Resort<\/a> - 294 yards, par 4<\/strong>\r\nThere is a difference between a short par 4 and drivable one, and No. 4 on the Love Course is reachable off the tee. Famously backstopped by the faux ruins of an old plantation home, the opportunity for birdie here is real.\r\n\r\n\"Pine\r\n\r\nPine Lakes Country Club<\/a> - No. 14, 438 yards, par 4<\/strong>\r\nWith the Myrtle Beach skyline serving as a backdrop, this par 4 memorably includes a downhill tee shot and an uphill approach to a green that is less than 700 yards from the Atlantic Ocean.\r\n\r\n\"Rivers\r\n\r\nRivers Edge Golf Club<\/a> - No. 9, 554 yards, par 5<\/strong>\r\n\u201cArnie\u2019s Revenge,\u201d as the ninth at Rivers Edge is known, is a fearsome test highlighted by a reed-thin, peninsula green that is surrounded by marshy waters of the Shallotte River. Good luck.\r\n\r\n\"\"<\/a><\/strong>\r\n\r\nGrande Dunes Resort Course<\/a> - No. 14, 220 yards, par 3<\/strong>\r\nPlaying from an elevated tee box to a green that borders the Intracoastal Waterway, there are few more dramatic shots. Mix in a green that is more than 50 yards long and No. 14 at Grande Dunes is one of the area\u2019s best one-shotters.\r\n\r\n\"Heritage\r\n\r\nHeritage Club<\/a> - No. 13, 228 yards, par 3<\/strong>\r\nThe 13th at Heritage is long and scary and that only describes a tee shot that requires a carry over water. What makes the hole unforgettable is a green that is 60 yards long and has an elephant or two buried in the middle.\r\n\r\n\"\"\r\n\r\nTrue Blue Golf Club<\/a> - No. 4, 548 yards, par 5<\/strong>\r\nThis button hook par 5 which plays around a lake is a classic, requiring players to make a risk-reward decision on every full swing. Playing closer to the water brings potential rewards and trouble into play.\r\n\r\n\"Legends\r\n\r\nMoorland Course at Legends Resort<\/a> - No. 16, 244 yards, par 3<\/strong>\r\nAnother legitimately drivable par 4, but when a hole\u2019s nickname is \u201cHell\u2019s Half-Acre,\u201d you know trouble lurks. The green is an inviting target but potential calamity awaits in the form of pot bunkers and gnarly native grasses for those who miss.\r\n\r\n\"Long\r\n\r\nLong Bay Golf Club<\/a> - No. 10, 350 yards, par 4<\/strong>\r\nGolfers open the back nine at Long Bay playing to a fairway surrounded by sand, enhancing the penalty for an errant tee shot. Don\u2019t sleep on the approach to a slightly elevated green surrounded by sand and thick rough.\r\n\r\n\"Palmetto\r\n\r\nPalmetto Course at Myrtlewood<\/a> - No. 18, 468 yards, par 4<\/strong>\r\nThis beauty was the first Myrtle Beach hole set along the Intracoastal and it\u2019s as memorable today as it was upon the course\u2019s opening in 1973. There is plenty of fairway to hit but a pulled tee shot will send your TaylorMade TP5 to a watery grave.\r\n\r\n\"River\r\n\r\nRiver Club<\/a> - No. 18, 518 yards, par 5<\/strong>\r\nThe closer at River Club presents the opportunity to go for the green in two but it\u2019s not for the faint of heart. Getting home will require a pair of daring shots with water running along the entirety of the left side of the hole. Played as a conventional three-shotter, it\u2019s not overly difficult but most people tend to get greedy.\r\n\r\nClick Here to Get a Free Myrtle Beach Golf Trip Estimate<\/a>"},"180144":{"id":180144,"title":"Something New? 5 Myrtle Beach Golf Courses That Will Offer a Fresh Look This Fall","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2023\/03\/Pawleys-Plantation-Flag-1200.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"something-new-5-myrtle-beach-golf-courses-that-will-offer-a-fresh-look-this-fall","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/something-new-5-myrtle-beach-golf-courses-that-will-offer-a-fresh-look-this-fall\/","created_at":"2023-04-08 06:00:44","modified_at":"2023-05-09 13:25:19","content":"Myrtle Beach\u2019s fall golf season offers a chance for players to enjoy the area\u2019s idyllic 75-degree afternoons and a final buddies trip before winter sets in. While that\u2019s always an attractive combination, several area courses will be fresh off renovations, providing more incentive to visit the Golf Capital of the World.\r\n\r\nIf you want to play a layout that has something new to offer, here are five that need to be on your itinerary.\r\n\r\n\u2013 River Hills Golf Club<\/a>, one of the area\u2019s hidden gems, installed new greens in the summer of 2022 and completed a comprehensive bunker renovation project this year. The Tom Jackson design has never been better. The expanded greens are superb and the bunkers, which have a smaller footprint, enhance the layout\u2019s playability.\r\n\r\n\u2013 Pawleys Plantation<\/a> will reopen by October 1 and it will be the most sought-after tee time at the beach. The Jack Nicklaus design will have new greens, the bunkers will be renovated and in some cases dramatically reduced in size, and the clubhouse bar will offer an expansive view of the marsh. Pawleys is one of the area\u2019s most dramatic layouts and after a summer facelift, it will be even better.\r\n\r\n-The PineHills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club<\/a> will undergo a comprehensive bunker renovation project this fall, installing new Capillary Concrete Bunker Liners and premium sand while providing a more natural look to popular layout's traps. The project will begin in October and be finished by the end of December without interrupting play. This is the next step in the evolution of PineHills, following an acclaimed 2018 greens restoration project\r\n\r\n\u2013 The renovation of the Grande Dunes Resort Course<\/a> in 2022 is still fresh, so if you haven\u2019t teed it up on the Roger Rulewich layout in recent years, it needs to be at the top of your list. Those Intracoastal Waterway views are as stunning as ever and the greens complexes are among Myrtle Beach\u2019s best.\r\n\r\n\u2013 Golf course dining has taken a significant step forward in recent years, but Myrtlewood\u2019s Palmetto Course<\/a> has taken it to a different level with the opening of the Dog House in 2023. Located at the intersection of holes 5, 13 and 16, this themed quarter house serves hotdogs that reflect the regional preferences of Myrtle Beach golfers. From the Chicago Dog to the Coney, there is something for everyone. Here is a vote for Back 9 Dog, featuring homemade pimento cheese, chopped bacon and drizzled with sriracha.\r\n\r\nIf you are looking for something new this fall, these five courses will deliver.\r\n\r\nPhotos for this story from our Instagram account @myrtlebeachgolftrips<\/a><\/em>"},"180002":{"id":180002,"title":"Myrtlewood\u2019s \u201cDog House\u201d Will Bring New Vibe, Great Food to the Palmetto Course","image":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2023\/03\/Doghouse-social-1.png","excerpt":"","status":"publish","slug":"myrtlewoods-dog-house-will-bring-new-vibe-great-food-to-the-palmetto-course","remote_url":"https:\/\/www.myrtlebeachgolftrips.com\/news\/myrtlewoods-dog-house-will-bring-new-vibe-great-food-to-the-palmetto-course\/","created_at":"2023-03-18 06:00:43","modified_at":"2023-03-17 10:38:24","content":"Expect to find a little more energy and a lot better food on Myrtlewood Golf Club\u2019s Palmetto Course<\/a> this spring.\r\n\r\nThe venerable layout is relaunching its quarter house with a vibrant new menu and music. The previously staid building will now be called \u201cThe Dog House,\u201d featuring a menu that serves gourmet hot dogs reflecting the regional preferences of Myrtle Beach golfers.\r\n\r\nSure, you will still be able to get pulled pork and deli sandwiches, in addition to the beverage of your liking, but with seven different hot dogs to choose from, you will want to reward your tastebuds.\r\n\r\nIf you are wondering about the seven dogs, here they are:\"\"\r\n\r\n\u2013 The Dodger Dog<\/strong> will feature a foot-long frank topped with ketchup, mustard and onions. This a good but conservative play.\r\n\r\n\u2013 Myrtlewood\u2019s in-house creation is the Back 9<\/strong>, and I couldn\u2019t more highly recommend it. Topped with house made pimento cheese, chopped bacon and drizzled with sriracha on a poppy seed bun, this is the choice if you like a little spice.\r\n\r\n\u2013 Myrtle Beach golf courses are filled with our friends from New York so the Coney Dog<\/strong>, featuring all-beef chili, chopped onions and shredded cheddar cheese, is a natural.\r\n\r\n\u2013 The traditional Carolina Dog<\/strong> is a no-brainer as well. Homemade cole slaw, chopped onions and all-beef chili over a premium hot dog is sure to be a popular item.\r\n\r\n\u2013 With daily nonstop flights out of the Windy City, Myrtlewood had to have a Chicago Dog<\/strong> and the culinary team delivered. Featuring chopped onions, a slice of tomato, pickled peppers, a pickle spear, celery salt, neon relish and mustard on a poppy seed bun, Chicago area residents will feel right at home.\r\n\r\n\u2013 You are in the South so the PiggyBack<\/strong> - a hot dog topped with pulled pork, house slaw and drizzled with BBQ sauce - will appeal to more than a few golfers.\"Dog\r\n\r\n\u2013 We mentioned all of our friends from the Empire State and their tastes in hot dogs are diverse, so the Palmetto Course will also have the New York Dog<\/strong>, complete with warm sauerkraut and mustard (you will have to tell me how this one is because I\u2019m not a sauerkraut guy!).\r\n\r\nFor the boring among us, yes, you can order a plain hot dog, otherwise known as the Naked Dog<\/strong>.\r\n\r\nThe Dog House, which will feature new equipment, lighting and counter tops, will open on April 1, just in time for the heart of the spring season. The Palmetto Course<\/a> doesn\u2019t turn at the clubhouse but you will pass the Dog House on holes 5, 13 and 16, so don\u2019t bother having breakfast before you tee off."}},"meta":{"current_page":0,"next_page":1,"total_pages":7}}