True Blue Plantation

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True Blue Plantation

True Blue

900 Blue Stem Dr
Pawleys Island, SC 29585-7842

(843) 237-7270

Regulation

Daily Fee Facility

Resort & Real Estate Development

18

1998

Bart Romano

Mike Strantz

$160 weekend
$160 weekday
- twilight

73.8

7060

72

Bermuda

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Overall Rating 4 out of 5 based on 229 user reviews
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11/29/20
good
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11/06/20
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10/24/20
Fun
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10/21/20
Perfect
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10/02/20
Great course, great greens
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09/22/20
Really good.
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09/22/20
Great course
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09/22/20
Great
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09/22/20
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08/19/20
True Blue is fun
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08/12/20
Fun!
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07/29/20
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07/24/20
Great course
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06/20/20
Greens were the best I have ever seen there. One of the best courses when you hit it well.
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06/18/20
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06/13/20
Dank course
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06/11/20
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06/02/20
Only 1 word. - WOW!!!!
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03/08/20
Fun course. Clubhouse could use a bigger locker room
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03/06/20
One of the best courses in Myrtle Beach
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03/03/20
Neat
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02/28/20
great course. perfect greens
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01/26/20
Best course in MB
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01/15/20
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12/30/19
Good course
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12/27/19
Very nice
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12/16/19
Awesome
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12/15/19
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11/04/19
Beautiful
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10/06/19
Good shape
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09/21/19
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09/01/19
Great
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07/28/19
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07/28/19
Amazing course!
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07/25/19
Thanks
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06/26/19
one of the most fun golf courses I've ever played
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06/26/19
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06/19/19
This is a totally awesome very difficult course. You may spend a lot of time in the sand
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06/10/19
Very good even immediately after heavy rain
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06/10/19
Beautiful
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06/09/19
Really great course. Unique layout and great greens.
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06/09/19
Awesome course. Lots of sand
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06/09/19
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05/26/19
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05/17/19
Very good course
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05/17/19
Love this place
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05/17/19
Great course.
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05/04/19
Great track
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04/20/19
Quality
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01/27/19
Great shape especially for January
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12/29/18
Another Mike Strantz masterpiece. Top tier course in Myrtle Beach.
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10/20/18
Tremendous course. Really kind, great staff!
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10/14/18
Nice
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10/09/18
great course



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10/08/18
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09/02/18
Best yet
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09/02/18
Took a long time to play the round. Pace of play wasn’t bad. Long distance rides to shots and between holes. Course was in great shape.
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08/31/18
Excellen course!!
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08/16/18
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07/19/18
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07/03/18
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06/26/18
Okay
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06/24/18
Needs an update
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06/07/18
Great course
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06/07/18
Greens
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06/01/18
Awesome
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05/29/18
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05/22/18
Layout is excellent, course needs work on the greens, and the woman working the grill was terrible
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05/19/18
Just average... not in very good condition
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05/07/18
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04/15/18
Love this place. 3rd year in a row.
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04/08/18
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03/24/18
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02/17/18
Amazing g
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02/07/18
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02/03/18
Really fun course, one of my all time favorites
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11/12/17
True Blue is one of those courses that, after you get a taste of it, you just want more. The course is one of only a handful of Mike Stranz courses; in fact, there are two here, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club being the other. True Blue is built on the site of a once thriving indigo and rice plantation.

Stranz was more than a golf course architect, he was a golf course artist. His courses seem to blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings. True Blue seems to rise out of the ground like a Phoenix rising from the ashes; it’s also one of the most creative golf courses you will ever play. Stranz’ creativity in design requires creativity in your shot making as you make your way around a course that has incorporated salt marshes, wetlands and maritime forests of twisting live oaks and pine trees into the layout creating memories that are one of a kind.

True Blue Golf Club was Mike Strantz’s fourth signature golf course, and opened to rave reviews in February 1998. Caledonia opened in 1994 and shortly after True Blue opened, Stranz was named “Architect of the Year” by Golf World. The course is not without its share of notoriety, being ranked 77th on Golf Magazine's Top 100 Public Courses in America list and 6th best public course in South Carolina. Golf Digest has also seen fit to rank True Blue the 29th best course in South Carolina (8th among public courses) and gave it 4 ½ stars for “Places to Play”. But this course is not just for the guys; Golf for Women Magazine recognized True Blue as one of the country’s Top 100 Courses for Women. The course is an absolute must-play for any golfer visiting Myrtle Beach.

Sand is a legitimate concern at True Blue as it figures into every hole on the course, and some of it will penalize you severely. Technically, there are no bunkers; every grain of sand out here is considered a waste area. It’s packed down in many areas so, unless you’re adept at hitting off your kitchen table, it can be a little tricky. Feel free to ground away, take some practice swings, even drive the cart through it; whatever you have to do to get the ball on the green. Because that’s when the fun starts!

Most golfers have never experienced greens like this before in their lives. They are some of the most unique sizes and shapes around. And, unlike designers who like to bury elephants in their greens, Stranz relies on lengthy angular greens - many slanting from back to front - putting an emphasis on slope and speed for longer putts.

True Blue offers a set of tees to fit everyone’s game. When in doubt, play the shorter set, you’ll have more fun. Bit off more than you can chew out here and you could be in for a long day. The Back/Gold Tees measure 7,126 yards with a course rating of 74.5 and a 138 slope. Most golfers will find that the White Tees (6,375 yards/71.1/132) will give them all the golf they can handle and still leave with a little dignity. Of course, that part depends on how you fare on Number 18, more on that in a minute. Seniors typically play from the Black Tees (5,736/68.2/123) while ladies will enjoy themselves from the Green Tees (4,995/69.3/125).

Here are a few of the most memorable holes:

Favorite Par 3: number 3, 141 yards (White Tees). This hole can make or break your round early on. Depending on the pin position there can be a 25-yard difference between front and back. The hole plays a lot tougher with the pin in front because the landing area is smaller. Also, if the pin’s up front and you hit it short or long, you’re in the bunker, which sits well below the putting surface. Regardless of pin position, it’s all carry over water and sand to an island green. If the pin is in the back, play to the right of the hole and let the ball funnel down towards it. Par is a good score here. This is a good display of Mike Stranz the artist.

Favorite Par 4: Number 18, 406 Yards. Stranz has indeed saved the best for last. Water is in play all the way down the left side and the fairway slopes off on the right into a large waste bunker. It’s 200+ yards to carry the bunker just across the water and if you can find the middle of the fairway off the tee, you’re halfway there. Play your approach shot into a long narrow green that angles back left to front right and slopes down towards the water which protects the entire left side. Once you get on the green the fun begins as onlookers from the clubhouse porch cheer and jeer your efforts. This may be as close as you ever get to playing in front of a gallery so relish the moment.

Favorite Par 5: Number 1, 499 yards (White Tees). For my money, True Blue starts you out with the best hole on the course and builds from there. Waste bunkers frame the left side of the fairway on this long dogleg left, leading up to a creek in front of a well elevated green, meaning you’ll have to use an aerial approach. For most players it’s a three-shot hole because of the creek. To complicate matters, there’s a bunker that wraps around most of the green which is very narrow, yet receptive. A good-looking golf hole that can be tamed.

Best Chance for a Low Number: Number 4. Par 5, 493 yards. A low number can be had with two good shots back-to-back as long as you’re willing to risk it. A well struck drive in the neighborhood of 250 yards that finds the middle or left side of the fairway will leave a second shot of around 220 yards into the green. Here’s where the risk comes in: it’s all carry over water with sand catching anything left or right of the putting surface. It’s one of the smaller greens on the course but receptive to long approach shots. Whatever you do, avoid the pot bunker to the right of the green; it’s a tough up and down. Go for it; you didn’t come here to lay up!

Last Word: True Blue certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the best golf courses in South Carolina. The late Mike Stranz sure did himself proud. Other than the par 3s, most of the holes are doglegs, some of which are created by the presence of the waste bunkers. This places an emphasis on distance and direction control. Spend too time in the waste bunkers and you’ll wish you went to the beach. A lot of the rough is cut just slightly longer than the fairway which tends to let the ball roll more, which can be both good and bad.

Many of the fairways are framed by waste bunkers, which adds to the natural beauty of the course. As a whole, the course is challenging without being overly taxing. It will make you play every club in your bag, and play them well. Also, there are some pretty significant elevation changes (+/- a club or two) which is unique for this part of the state

True Blue has some pretty impressive practice facilities too. Range balls are included with your greens fees and it’s highly advised that you hit all the balls they give you. There are a number of targets at varying distances so you can hit every club in your bag. Be sure to practice your bunker play; if you can make it around this course without having to play out of the sand, you’ve accomplished something!


Inside the clubhouse you will find a pro shop packed with all kinds of logoed gear from top apparel companies and some new up and comers. The True Blue Grillroom serve up all of you favorite post-golf libations as well as some authentic Lowcountry food. Breakfast is served from 7 am – 10:30 AM and lunch is available from 11 am – 3 pm.


True Blue is a proud member of the Waccamaw Golf Trail
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11/10/17
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10/30/17
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10/07/17
One of the best and hardest courses I have played. Loved it and the greens
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10/06/17
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10/06/17
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10/01/17
Fantastic course. Great shape.
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09/29/17
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08/18/17
Best course I have played in myrtle area.
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06/15/17
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04/30/17
Lots of sand out there
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04/29/17
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11/29/16
Great day and great course!
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11/09/16
Good course
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10/31/16
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10/24/16
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10/23/16
Awsome course
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10/23/16
sweet course
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09/22/16
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09/21/16
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09/21/16
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09/21/16
Wet from heavy rain. Cart path only
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09/16/16
Awesome course! Great condition! A little pricey but at off times of the year well worth the money!
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09/04/16
Best course I ever played.
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08/23/16
Good
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08/14/16
Awesome
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08/14/16
Great course
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08/14/16
Sick
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08/02/16
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07/28/16
Course is in great shape. Play True Blue.
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07/27/16
Great course
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07/04/16
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06/29/16
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06/28/16
Great
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06/25/16
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06/13/16
Good
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06/11/16
Good Track
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06/03/16
Great course
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05/24/16
thank you
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05/15/16
Beautiful
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05/13/16
Nice
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05/03/16
Course in good shape
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04/26/16
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04/03/16
Long
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03/19/16
Nice course
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12/30/15
Great course
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11/06/15
had a blast. course was in great shape!!
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10/30/15
Too ticked up
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10/23/15
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09/04/15
awesome
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09/03/15
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08/26/15
nice course, many waste bunkers
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07/24/15
Great course. Wide open but challenging
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07/18/15
Nice layout
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07/14/15
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06/14/15
Good
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05/24/15
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05/23/15
Great course. People managed poorly
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04/11/15
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03/17/15
Great course, staff very polite and helpful
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02/27/15
A true Strantz layout
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12/13/14
Great
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10/29/14
Great, challenging course, friendly staff, excellent shape.
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10/14/14
Great
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08/25/14
Awesome, more sand than on the beach .,
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08/18/14
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07/29/14
Wide fairways and huge greens
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06/13/14
Hard
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05/28/14
Good course.
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05/22/14
Lots of water basically on every hole.
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05/17/14
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05/17/14
Challenging course! First four holes are ridiculously difficult and then it eases up. Friendly staff, well kept, course, clubhouse that overlooks the 18th is a nice way to finish!
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05/08/14
In ok shape.
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05/02/14
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05/01/14
Nice
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04/26/14
Great. Wide fairways and great condition.
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03/29/14
great course
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03/21/14
Still early in the season so grounds are still under repair.
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10/30/13
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10/13/13
Huge and wide open course, but beautiful and really fun. Play it!
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09/23/13
Friggin Awesome golf course!!
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09/15/13
nice course
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09/08/13
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08/18/13
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07/29/13
Bibb
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07/25/13
Great shape. 5 par fives. 5par threes. All visually intimidating. Great course
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07/19/13
Fantastic course as usual!!!
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07/06/13
Ok
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06/18/13
The course was in great condition. It is fairly open, but don't let that fool you. It is a challenge.
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06/15/13
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06/05/13
Awesome
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06/03/13
Beautiful
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05/22/13
Awesome course. Great condition
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05/14/13
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04/14/13
Awesome course and always in great shape!
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04/11/13
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04/09/13
Very unique
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04/01/13
excellent all around course
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03/25/13
Great
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03/23/13
Tough but great
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03/14/13
Gehrig
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03/13/13
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02/21/13
Awesome experience worth repeating
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12/11/12
Nice track. Challenging but fun.
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12/08/12
Winter
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11/06/12
Nice layout.
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09/22/12
Amazing track !
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09/21/12
Great
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09/21/12
Awesome
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09/15/12
Amazing.
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09/14/12
Good shape
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09/04/12
Great course
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08/12/12
Great course, want to play Calednonia Fish and Hunt as well
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06/22/12
Great course
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06/18/12
Great condition and layout. Pricey...
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06/18/12
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06/16/12
Great shape
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06/02/12
Dynamite
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05/25/12
Magnificent !
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04/28/12
Huge greens and fairways
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04/27/12
A beautiful course always in excellent condition.
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04/10/12
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03/18/12
Great
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02/19/12
Great course
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02/19/12
One of the toughest golf courses in the Mrtyle Beach area
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02/18/12
Excellent. Beautiful. Challenging but not unfair.
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02/13/12
Fun course. Lots of sand and water. Can't make too many mistakes Second time should be easier.
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12/05/11
Great course. Fast fast greens.
Recent Scores
MEMBER SCORE RT/SL PLAYED
anthonyaa72 92 73/136 11/29/20
chedda10022017 72 71.1/132 11/28/20
101Palace 76 68.2/123 11/28/20
Tim164 89 71.1/132 11/15/20
Kanik 83 68.2/123 11/05/20
Joebag21 103 68.2/123 11/05/20
chedda10022017 76 71.1/132 10/31/20
rwitte 87 71.1/132 10/30/20
khoyle 78 71.1/132 10/30/20
joey64 87 77.1/142 10/30/20
NickM67 98 71.1/132 10/28/20
JackSchaefer 81 73/136 10/24/20
bpguyo 76 73/136 10/24/20
SchaefeTyle 97 73/136 10/24/20
Tim164 92 71.1/132 10/18/20
BenBooker 85 77.1/142 10/16/20
MHoncho 88 71.1/132 10/16/20
Doctor1 89 71.1/132 10/15/20
KWOW 89 70.9/133 10/14/20
Koric14 110 69.3/125 09/30/20
Wolfman79 82 71.1/132 09/30/20
101Palace 76 71.1/132 09/25/20
JSTIFF841 83 74.2/136 09/22/20
smokeyshimmy 96 71.1/132 09/22/20
CdnFreeze 88 77.1/142 09/22/20
Scorecard
Tee Gender Rating Slope
Back--White W 77.1 142
Forward--Red W 69.3 125
Middle--Gold W 74.2 136
Back - Black Tees M 74.5 138
Forward - White Tees M 71.1 132
Front - Gold Tees M 68.2 123
Middle - Blue Tees M 73.0 136
Other - Red Tees M 65.1 114
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