Review: TPC Myrtle Beach

This championship-quality public course in South Carolina is a tough test but can be enjoyed by a variety of handicaps

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Tue, 10 Jun 2014
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TPC Myrtle Beach

TPC MYRTLE BEACH is a championship-quality course that can be enjoyed for a reasonable price and by a range of golfers.

It’s rare to find a course that caters to both high and low handicappers but this track will provide a stern, fair and entertaining test to scratch players as well as happy hackers. 

That’s not to say this is an easy track, far from it. TPC Myrtle Beach hosted a Seniors Tour event in 2000 which highlights the calibre of the course and proves it is no walkover.

Get out of position and get punished, as you should, but you will often have the chance to recover. Good play will be rewarded handsomely and the excellent greens will produce testing putts but if you roll the ball well, success will come your way on the dance floor.

Greens vary from 25 to 50 yards deep and some have multiple levels which means you will be left with some long, undulating putts if you are not accurate with your approach shots.

This Tom Fazio designed course plays 6,950 yards from the blacks and 6,193 yards off the blues which allows the higher handicappers and shorter hitters to compete. With five tees on offer, depending on your handicap, length or general mood, you can choose a length you feel up to.

While you won’t be pulling out the big stick on every par 4 and 5, when you do it is imperative that you land on the fairway. 

There’s an abundance of water flowing throughout the course with bunkers littered throughout, with nasty lips which will test your resolve.  

A top-quality practice facility is on offer with a grass driving range and large putting green, both in excellent condition and available to all golfers.

Be sure to check out the Dustin Johnson Training centre where you can see the stars of tomorrow honing their game and daydreaming of days on Tour.

Johnson was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and went on to attend Coastal Carolina University, calling TPC Myrtle Beach his home course.

A fully stocked pro-shop is available and the food on offer at the TPC Grille is outstanding, with breathtaking views of the 18th green on offer from your table.

Architect: Tom Fazio
Par: 72
Length: 6,950 yards
Course Record: Dustin Johnson - 62

Head to the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday website and  TPC Myrtle Beach website for more information including green fees

TPC Myrtle Beach Course Profile

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TPC MYRTLE BEACH is a championship-quality course that can be enjoyed for a reasonable price and by a range of golfers.

It’s rare to find a course which caters to both high and low handicappers but the mixed ability group that I was playing in all enjoyed the challenge.

That’s not to say this is an easy track, far from it. TPC Myrtle Beach hosted a Seniors Tour event in 2000 which highlights the calibre of the course and proves it is no walkover.

Get out of position and get punished, as you should, but you will often have the chance to recover. Good play will be rewarded handsomely and the perfect greens will offer up some testing lines but if you roll the ball well, you will enjoy success on the dance floor.

Greens vary from 25 to 50 yards deep and some have multiple levels which means you need to bring you’re A-game when it comes to putting.

This Tom Fazio designed course plays 6,950 yards from the blacks and 6,193 yards off the blues which allows the higher handicappers and shorter hitters to compete.

While golfers who struggle to get over 200 yards off the tee are so often alienated nowadays, TPC Myrtle Beach will allow them to put a good score together if they stay out of the hazards.

While you won’t be pulling out the big stick on every par-4 and 5, when you do it is imperative that you land on the fairway. Long and wrong will ruin the scorecard.

There’s an abundance of water flowing throughout the course with bunkers littered throughout with nasty lips which will test your resolve.  

A top-quality practice facility is on offer with a grass driving range and large putting green, both in excellent condition, available to all golfers.

Be sure to check out the Dustin Johnson Training centre while you’re at it where you can see the stars of tomorrow honing their game and daydreaming of days on Tour.

Johnson was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and went on to attend Coastal Carolina University, calling TPC Myrtle Beach his home course.

 A fully stocked pro-shop is available and a the food on offer is outstanding. Trust me, you won’t be having a pack of crisps and warm Coke at the turn!

Signature Hole -  par-3 17th (193 yards from the blacks)

When you hear 17th and TPC in the same sentence, golfers are automatically transported to Sawgrass.

The corresponding hole at Myrtle beach is similar but instead of an island green it has a peninsula as it is only surrounded by water on three sides…hardly any less scary.

The undulating green looks relatively small from the tee while the water looks huge and you can imagine the galleries on the mound behind the dance floor which serves as the perfect viewing platform.

 Many think the danger stops when you get you ball to safely stop on the green but your putt will undoubtedly be a tuning one and many will have taken three bashes with the flat stick on this hole.

A frightening yet picturesque hole which will stick in the mind of all who play it.

Card wrecker – par-4 9th hole (472-yards from the blacks)

Just as you prepare to take the turn, TPC Myrtle Beach throws a spanner in the works which will have you changing a Diet Coke into a Bud Light.

The enemy here is length a good tee shot will still leave most with a long shot into an elevated green. The claustrophobic tee shot has trees peppering the right and left side of the fairway so not only do you need to be long, but also accurate.

If your approach is not of the highest calibre, you will see your ball rolling away from the hole which will leave a difficult chip shot.

Favourite Hole – par-5 18th (538 yards off the blacks)

TPC Myrtle beach has saved the best till last as the 18th is a truly spectacular hole which will have settle many square matches in its time.

The hole left has water running down the left as you approach the green and the right side is guarded by bunkers and trees – AKA you need to be in the middle of the fairway.

When standing on the tee you have a number of things to think about. How close do you play to the water? Are you going to hit driver? Will you go at the pin or play to the middle of the green?

The percentage golfer would take the driver out of the bag, aim for the middle of the fairway which would leave him/her a long iron into the green.

However, if a birdie or eagle is needed players can take driver out the bag but they need to find dry land while keep it as close to the water as possible in order to leave a short approach.

When I played the pin was stationed front left, perilously close to the water, so players need pin point precision if they want a short stab for eagle or par.

As you pick your ball out of the hole, take a look up at the beautiful clubhouse shadowing the green – an exceptional hole. 

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