Sunday, January 1, 2006
Abundance in Myrtle Beach
Willbrook Plantation Golf Club
6,704 Yards, Par 72 | Architect: Dan Maples | Greens Fees: $37-$97
It’s as fun to play Willbrook, a favorite among women golfers, as it is to take in its setting. Built on a former rice and indigo plantation, Willbrook winds its way through a century-old oak forest and enjoys an abundance of wildlife. Look out for the beautiful, but devilish short par-4 5th. A lake bisects the fairway on both your tee and approach shots.
7,062 Yards, Par 72 | Architect: Mike Strantz | Greens Fees: $85-$150
(888) 483-6800 | www.fishclub.com
As playable, player-friendly and easy-on-the-ego as Caledonia is, True Blue has a reputation for being the opposite. Since it was first built in 1998, True Blue has earned its fair share of compliments and criticism. Its challenging conditions were toned down recently (bunkers turned into grass, mounds leveled) so higher-handicappers wouldn’t feel like they’d just gone 10 rounds with Ali. It seems to have worked, and although True Blue is hardly a pushover, golfers are returning after its extreme makeover.
Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
6,526 Yards, Par 70 | Architect: Mike Strantz | Greens Fees: $95-$190
(800) 483-6800 | www.fishclub.com
If you’re inclined to believe the popular notion that Mother Nature is the best golf course architect, then Caledonia’s maverick designer Mike Strantz had a great collaborator. Strantz chose wisely for his first solo design back in 1995 when Caledonia first opened. By preserving the natural landscape (e.g., moving as little dirt as possible), Strantz maintained the one-time rice plantation’s natural beauty. Its name, Caledonia, is Latin for “Scotland” where Mother Nature designed her first courses.
River Club: This 6,671-yard, par-72 Tom Jackson design features the only bent-grass greens in the Pawley’s Island area. There’s also lots of wet stuff. The River Club features water on 14 of its holes. (800) 882-3198 | www.mbngolf.com
Litchfield Country Club: A limited number of visitors can play this private club. It’s worth it. Litchfield is squeezed tight by narrow fairways, but makes up for its tough conditions with a beautiful natural landscape. Look for its trademark moss-draped oaks.
(800) 882-3198 | www.mbngolf.com
The Tour Trio—Three-night stay, three rounds of golf and daily breakfast. Play TPC, Pawleys and Wachesaw East. Carts and range balls included.
$279-$534 | (800) 367-9959 | www.tourtriogolf.com
Best of the Beach—Play TPC, Caledonia and True Blue.
$226-$455 | (800) 642-3108 | www.golfdesk.com
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