The Tradition Golf Club

Course Details

The Tradition Golf Club

Tradition

1027 Willbrook Blvd
Pawleys Island, SC 29585-7616

(843) 237-5041

Regulation

Daily Fee Facility

Real Estate Development

18

1995

Kevin Williamson

Ron Garl

$118 weekend
$118 weekday
- twilight

72.6

6717

72

Bermuda

Bermuda

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Overall Rating 4 out of 5 based on 136 user reviews
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08/23/20
Like it
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06/19/20
Great layout
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06/15/20
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05/26/20
Great shape
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04/26/20
Everything was pristine besides the tee boxes. They were awful
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04/26/20
Frothy tee boxes
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04/18/20
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04/12/20
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04/11/20
Clean and great
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04/05/20
Great tough course. Would like to play it in the summer to see what it’s like when it’s a little more lush.
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04/05/20
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03/27/20
Great course
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01/31/20
Fun straightforward track. Breathe of fresh air after playing Caledonia.
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10/20/19
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08/31/19
One of the best courses I've ever played. It was in immacolate shape. Greens were like putting on carpet. Fairways were amazing.
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08/30/19
Nice course
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06/11/19
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06/08/19
Great service!!!!
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06/08/19
Great round of golf. Well maintained and in good shape.
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06/07/19
Legit
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06/06/19
Great guys in clubhouse
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06/06/19
Awesome!
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06/02/19
Good course
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06/01/19
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05/17/19
Beautiful place
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05/17/19
Very good course
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05/16/19
Awesome greens!
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05/09/19
I love this place.
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05/06/19
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03/31/19
Nice course. Always in great shape. Double teeing does cause alow play though
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03/29/19
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03/22/19
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12/14/18
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11/25/18
Nice
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11/18/18
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11/06/18
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10/26/18
N/a
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10/25/18
Beautiful course, love the layout. One of my favorite places to play.
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10/06/18
Great value.
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10/06/18
New greens are fantastic
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09/04/18
Ok
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06/09/18
Coirse was in good shape. Some greens were spotty.
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06/01/18
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05/30/18
Marshall was a dick
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05/26/18
Great time at the Tradition with the veterans
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05/04/18
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04/21/18
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04/12/18
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03/13/18
Great course
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02/22/18
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02/19/18
Nice place. Lots of waste bunkers.
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01/13/18
Great layout slow Greens
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11/10/17
For more than 20 years, Tradition Golf Club on Pawleys Island has been playing host to both local golfers and those that converge on the Myrtle Beach area during peak golf seasons. This Ron Garl design is built on the site of a 16th century rice plantation and opened for play in 1996. Tradition Club has received numerous accolades, including South Carolina Golf Course of the Year in 2001, and has been awarded 4.5-stars by Golf Digest as well as voted “Top Fairways” for 1998 by Golf for Women. Tradition Club was also nominated as Best New Public Course by Golf Digest in 1996. It is truly one of the most prestigious golf clubs with public access in the Myrtle Beach area.

Also on property is an impressive practice complex. These are becoming a Ron Garl trademark and one that he has duplicated at several of the other courses he has designed/redesigned around the world. It includes a spacious full-length driving range, a massive chipping green and a putting green with multiple elevation changes so that you can get an idea of the breaks you will encounter during your round. With over 6,800 yards of golf course in front of you at Tradition Club, arrive early and take full advantage of this wonderful practice facility.

Tradition Club is located in the same general area as several other Waccamaw Golf Trail Courses: Willbrook Plantation, River Club and Litchfield Country Club. Five sets of tees provide playable distances for any level of golfer. The Tournament Tees play 6,875 yards and carry a course rating of 73.2 and a slope of 134; a fitting test for low handicappers. The Men’s Tees weigh in at 6,313 (70.8/125) while Ladies have the choice of two distances, the Gold (Senior/Ladies’) play 5,728 (73.1/124 for the ladies’) or the Red (5,189/70.4/120). There is also a ‘junior” set of tees that plays 4,106 with a course rating of 63.5 and a slope of 105.

As you make your way around Tradition Club, you will see how the course communes with nature. Meticulously maintained fairways wind their way through maritime forests and pristine wetlands. Many fairways are lined with live oaks and towering pines, yet there is ample room off the tee to swing away and go for broke.

Ron Garl seems to be a big fan of island greens and Tradition Club does not disappoint. In fact, you’ll have two opportunities to test your mettle on Number 7 and Number 15. Number 7 is a par 4, so you can’t use a tee on your approach shot. Water is present on about 9 holes but is really only a factor on 4 of those, two of which are the island greens.

The bunkers at Tradition Club are well maintained and filled with fine sugary sand. Most are low-lipped and don’t provide any added penalty. A number of holes feature large waste bunkers that are well groomed and add to the overall beauty of the course.

As nice as the course is, Tradition Club is defined by its well-conditioned Bermuda greens. Some have gentle undulations and subtle breaks while others are well-sloped from back to front. All roll fast, true and consistent.

Member’s Favorite Holes: I spoke with a number of members who had varying opinions on their favorite hole, so we narrowed it down to two.

Number 5: Par 3, 179 yards (Men’s Tees). A challenging par 3 that’s got it all – in the way of hazards. From the tee, you need to carry both water and sand; there’s more sand right of the green if you push your shot. The green is shallow – only 29 yards deep, so distance control – and a good putting stroke on this well-contoured green - are essential if you want to score well. Walk away with a par and be happy.

Number 7: Par 4, 377 yards (Men’s Tees). One of two island greens on the course; only you can’t use a tee to reach this one. Long ball hitters will find it best to leave the driver in the bag here; you run out of fairway at about 300 yards from the back tees. You’ll need superior distance control on your approach shot into this island green with a large bunker left. A back-right pin can be a challenge with all of the mounding.

Writer’s Favorite: Number 10: Par 5, 510 yards (Men’s Tees). A long dogleg left that just seems to keep on turning. There’s a large waste bunker all the way down the left side of the fairway, so favor the right side off the tee and with your approach shot. The large fairway bunker of the right side can’t be seen off the tee and shouldn’t come into play. A good drive followed by a well-placed layup will leave a short pitch into a green that slopes severely from back to front and is protected on the left side by the waste bunker. Mounding in the fairway can produce some interesting lies!

Pro’s Pick: Number 1: Par 4, 323 yards (Men’s Tees). A short, yet trying par 4 to get your round under way. A gentle dogleg right with a large waste bunker on the right side. Find this bunker off the tee and not only will you have to deal with a sand shot of about 100 yards, you’ll have to carry it over several large oak trees. Playing down the left side of this well-mounded fairway leaves a cleaner look into the green with only a single bunker on the left side to contend with.

The other island green is worth mentioning as well. Number 15 is a par 3 that plays 157 yards from the men’s tees. Clear the water onto the largest green on the course with trouble on all sides. Another short hole where par is a good score.

Last Word: To score well at the Tradition Club, you need to have your complete game together. Out here, it’s all about shot placement: how far to hit it and where to put it. For the most part, the greens are well protected by sand and/or water. If your approach shots are not dead on, you could be in for a long day. Being able to work the ball – left or right as well as trajectory – is a big plus too. The greens run fast and true, so a consistent putting stroke is a big plus. Most are raised and feature modest undulation. The two island greens add some excitement to an already fun round of golf. You should be able to get around the course in about four hours, which is nice. The course also drains very well so if other courses in the area are closed after a good rain storm, give Tradition Club a call. There’s a good chance they are open and playable. And not cart path only!

After your round, stop by the grill room for some traditional clubhouse food and all of your favorite post-round libations. Tradition Club also has one of the best stocked pro shops in the area with all kinds of logoed apparel from all of the top names. Be sure to browse around and take home a memento. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to help.
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10/29/17
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10/29/17
very nice course. 3rd time playing here and will go back.
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10/06/17
B
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10/06/17
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07/28/17
Great course!
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07/26/17
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07/20/17
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07/07/17
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07/05/17
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07/02/17
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06/14/17
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06/02/17
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05/16/17
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04/28/17
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01/01/17
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12/18/16
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10/26/16
Nice
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09/26/16
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09/22/16
Poring rain when we played however great course fantastic staff
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08/12/16
Nene
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08/10/16
Great course.
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07/11/16
pretty nice, greens needed TLC
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05/12/16
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04/30/16
Fantastic
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04/26/16
Excellent golf course with great practice facility. Staff was great. Course requires accuracy off the tee over length, greens were in perfect shape
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03/18/16
Very nice
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03/13/16
beautiful course - very difficult course - long course - but it's beautiful to play on
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01/21/16
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12/11/15
X
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11/12/15
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10/02/15
Yyy
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09/06/15
Great
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09/06/15
Great conditions.
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08/17/15
Great
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08/04/15
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07/26/15
Good
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07/19/15
Beautiful
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07/12/15
iiii
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06/14/15
Punched greens
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06/05/15
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05/30/15
coarse was good . greens were burned up, no grass
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05/20/15
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05/09/15
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04/27/15
Beautiful course, excellent greens and clubhouse!
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04/24/15
Geat facility
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04/21/15
Awesome and impeccably maintained
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01/19/15
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01/18/15
Big selection in pro shop. Very nice overseed for this time of year
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10/09/14
Nice course
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05/05/14
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10/03/13
NA
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06/15/13
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06/05/13
Very nice
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06/04/13
Liked it
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05/09/13
Awesome
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04/25/13
Great shape! As usual.
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04/20/13
Great course
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04/13/13
Felt like I was at the Masters.
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03/23/13
Good shape, solid course
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03/23/13
Well manicured course
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03/13/13
Course was in great condition. A nice opening round for the season.
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03/11/13
Good shape
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03/11/13
Great fairways
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02/14/13
Course was nice. Greens need work.
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02/04/13
The greens are in poor shape fairways good
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11/08/12
Nice layout
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10/21/12
Bland layouts. Nothing special. No beautiful views.
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10/19/12
Great course.
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09/28/12
Nice tract
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09/08/12
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08/26/12
Icusuduu ifidudifif ofidudic
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08/10/12
It was in great shape
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08/10/12
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06/27/12
Good conditions
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06/05/12
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05/26/12
Average course. Greens could be better
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05/25/12
Rained last hole.
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05/20/12
Nice
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04/13/12
Nice
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03/24/12
Great course!
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03/23/12
High
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02/02/12
Top notch
Recent Scores
MEMBER SCORE RT/SL PLAYED
kalebspops 79 68.2/116 10/24/20
golfer68 95 70.8/125 10/24/20
GuyKempf 88 70.8/125 10/21/20
BenBooker 82 70.7/124 10/18/20
DMC1775 90 68.2/116 10/17/20
EricMagz 103 70.7/124 10/14/20
gazz41 90 68.1/119 10/13/20
KWOW 97 70.8/125 10/05/20
doubledown22 84 70.7/124 10/02/20
GuyKempf 79 70.8/125 09/27/20
Poochie 77 68.1/119 09/25/20
DavidF 80 68.2/116 08/23/20
GuyKempf 82 70.8/125 08/22/20
dfarrell53 95 70.4/120 07/18/20
jerbocky 91 68.2/116 07/16/20
GuyKempf 82 70.8/125 06/29/20
Poochie 91 70.8/125 06/28/20
kalebspops 88 68.2/116 06/27/20
khopkins59 80 70.8/125 06/24/20
jmoody25 86 73.1/135 06/19/20
bird30 83 70.7/124 06/15/20
dmc1128 83 70.7/124 06/14/20
rainesp2 97 70.7/124 06/14/20
williej 103 70.7/124 06/13/20
Sttolson 90 73.1/135 06/13/20
Scorecard
Tee Gender Rating Slope
Back - Black Tees M 73.1 135
Black M 73.2 134
Forward - Gold Tees M 68.2 116
Gold M 68.1 119
Middle - White Tees M 70.7 124
White M 70.8 125
Back - Gold W 73.5 128
Blue W 63.5 105
Forward - Blue W 64.4 106
Gold W 73.1 124
Middle - Red W 70.1 126
Red W 70.4 120
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