On The Green Magazine recently sent out a survey to their subscribers asking which golf holes were their favorites - the ones which gave players "the most golfing enjoyment".
Which golf hole was the overall favorite?
Glen Dornoch hole number 16, a long par-4 which requires focus as the views of the Intracoastal Waterway will distract and the tight green will require an accurate finish.
How can you score par or better here?
GlensGolfGroup.com says, "your drive needs to avoid a small pond on the left, as well as fairway bunkers strategically placed on both the left and right...
Hit as close to the bunkers on the right as possible, and you’ll be in the best position to go for the green. Go over the crest and you’ll either have a severe downhill lie or end up in a catch basin bunker midway down the slope. Either way, you’ll need a spectacular shot to reach the green in two from there."
|Glen Dornoch - 16th Hole|
For out-of-towners who may not know the best golf courses to play and for those golfers who are "locals" but haven't yet played all one-hundred or so golf courses offered in Myrtle Beach, here are the top-three holes. Golf for Beginners has also listed the golf courses with the most multiple holes chosen as favorites.
On The Green 18 - Reader's Choice Top Three Golf Holes:
Glen Dornoch #16
Rivers Edge #9
Where Glen Dornoch's spectacular views are water and salt marsh, Caledonia's eighteenth hole borders this Plantation's rice field.
|Caledonia 18th hole|
According to the PGA.com website, the eighteenth hole of any golf course is probably the most important as, "It's the lasting impression golfers have as they leave their round, it's the hole they are looking forward to as they pull up." How true.
Considered to be one of PGA's "Dream 18", Caledonia's 18th is a par-4, 383-yard hole with water down the right side which cuts into the fairway in front of a large green. The kicker is that, on any given day, there might be a grandstand of folks watching your approach shot, which can make that final iron shot a real tester.
Shallotte, North Carolina, just north of Myrtle Beach, is the location of the third top reader's choice golf hole. The signature ninth hole at River's Edge is a 570-yard, par-5 has it all...views, blind tee shot, frustrating with the question of "go for the green or lay up?"
|Rivers Edge 9th hole|
Here are a few of the Golf Courses with Multiple Holes Chosen as Favorites:
Heather Glen - 9 holes
Tidewater - 8 holes
The Witch - 7 holes
For the complete Reader's Choice list, visit onthegreenmagazine.com.
None of these golf courses, in my opinion, should be taken on by beginners unless it is for a friendly round and the others in the foursome know that you can pick up your ball at will. I don't believe in giving up, just moving on at a reasonable pace of play.
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photo credits: glensgolfgroup.com, golfcarolina.com, thegolfcourseguru.com