Opened in 1998, True Blue is the fourth course from Mike Strantz and is a favourite of many who live in the surrounding area and for good reason.
The layout was designed to echo the characteristics of Pine Valley and Pinehurst No.2 and the club has embraced its surroundings which gives it a natural feel.
True Blue sits on the edge of a famed 19-century indigo and rice plantation and to emphasize the natural beauty of the area, it incorporated native grasses and vegetation to maintain the surrounding character.
There are hazards littered throughout the course, most notably water and sand. Huge bunkers are out to punish the errant golfer but many of them are considered to be waste land so players can ground there club which makes the shot just slightly easier.
Off the tee, this is essentially a ‘grip it and rip it’ course. The width of the fairways allows you to really open your shoulders with the driver and even if you stray off the fairway will almost always have a decent shot as long as you miss the drink.
The greens are large and undulating and are kept in top-quality condition. Many have a number of levels which means you will probably be left with some testing swingers especially if approach play is not your forte.
The club has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, as I became accustomed to in the Myrtle Beach area, and the food served in the clubhouse is fantastic - make sure you schedule in some time to sample it.
On those grey days when the rain is peppering the window of the office and I have ten deadlines to hit before lunch, True Blue that my mind wanders to. Like Happy Gilmore going to his 'happy place', True Blue is the ultimate source of escapism.
Length: 7,126 (from the blacks)
Architect: Mike Strantz