Eight Myrtle Beach area golf courses are renovating their greens this summer.
Meadowlands Golf Club is going through the most work - it's getting a major face lift. In addition to installing TifEagle bermuda greens, two par-4 holes are being redesigned. Hole No. 3, was always a difficult hole to play. It has two ponds. The second pond was large and reachable from the tee. This forced golfers to carry the first pond off the tee, but lay back from the second pond. Then you were forced to make a long shot over the second pond to the green, with little room to bail out. The renovations will reduce the size of the second pond to allow for more room off the tee, and create less carry distance on the second shot. More bail out room is also being added. Hole No. 6 was a strange design. The tee shot was made up to an elevated (mounded) fairway, with trees and water on the left, and the cart path and a drainage ditch on the right. The second shot from the fairway was downhill to a small green fronted by a small pond. The pond and green were not visible from tee. If you missed the fairway, there was almost no chance of reaching the green on the second shot. This hole is being redesigned to lower the elevated fairway, remove trees blocking the view of the pond and green, and adding mounding on the right to keep wayward tee shots in play. All of these changes will make Meadowlands more player friendly. Meadowlands closed on May 24 and is scheduled to reopen on August 16, 2012.
Two Barefoot Resort courses are getting new Champion bermuda greens this summer. The Barefoot Dye Club (pictured at the top of the article) closed May 20, and reopened July 16. The Barefoot Love Course closed July 9, and will reopen on September 10, 2012.
Myrtle Beach National King's North course closed June 25 to install Champion Ultradwarf bermuda. It is scheduled to reopen on August 21, 2012.
The Resort Course at Grande Dunes closed June 25 to get Champion Ultradwarf bermuda. It is scheduled to reopen on August 20, 2012.
Prestwick Golf & Country Club closed on June 17 to install new TifEagle bermuda greens. It's also refurbishing bunkers, and repairing cart paths. Prestwick is scheduled to reopen on September 15, 2012.
World Tour Golf Links, a 27-hole course, is installing Miniverde Ultradwarf bermuda on two nine-hole courses. The Open Course reopened July 19, and the Championship Course will be closed July 20 through September 30, 2012.
The Player's Club at St. James Plantation is also installing Miniverde bermuda greens this summer. The course closed on June 18, and it is scheduled to reopen on August 13, 2012.
Many other Myrtle Beach area courses are using the summer months to improve conditions by removing trees, improving drainage, working on tee-boxes, and refurbishing bunkers.
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Located in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort is one of the top rated golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. It has also garnered national recognition as one of the top public courses in the United States.
The Dye Club features typical Pete Dye design characteristics, including many fairway bunkers, pot bunkers, waste bunkers, liberal mounding, and railroad ties. Water and wetlands also come into play on a number of holes. The combination of bunkers, wetlands and water features make the course interesting to play, but also visually intimidating and dramatic.
Although you may not expect it, The Dye Club is fair for golfers of all abilities as long as the correct tees are chosen. As on most Pete Dye designs, thoughtful shot selection will reward well executed shots. The golf carts are equipped with GPS systems, which the first-time player will find helpful in navigating the course.
My favorite par 3 was the 17th hole, which measured 188-yards from the black tees. It has wetlands in front and behind the green, two small pot bunkers to the left and a bunker to the right.
It was tough to choose my favorite par 5, as they were all just about equal in quality. I finally settled on the 526-yard 16th hole. The tee-shot requires you to carry a waste bunker. The landing area for the second shot is protected by mounding and bunkers on the right. It looks a little intimidating, but there's plenty of room for a fairway wood or long iron. There's a waste bunker on the left as you approach the green which slopes towards the front.
My favorite par 4 was the 471-yard 18th hole which bends left, has mounding on the right and a lake that covers the entire left side. It's a great finishing hole.
Be sure to include The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort on your next golf trip to Myrtle Beach.
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Whether you're planning your first golf trip to Myrtle Beach or you are a repeat visitor, you will want to know about activities when you are away from the golf course.
Well, here's a short list of things to do in Myrtle Beach:
- Go to the Beach - That's an easy one. Myrtle Beach has some great beaches. Make sure you bring sun protection to avoid a nasty burn that can ruin the rest of your trip!
- Go to the Ball Park - Did you know that Myrtle Beach has a minor league baseball team? The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are a "High Class A" team in the Texas Rangers' system. The ball park is located on 21st Ave. North in Myrtle Beach. The season runs from April to early September. Tickets are inexpensive compared to major league ballparks.
- Take in a Show - Myrtle Beach has some great shows featuring top acts. There is also a House of Blues, located in North Myrtle Beach's Barefoot Landing area, which hosts nationally known bands and musicians.
- Visit the Comedy Club - Comedy Cabana, located on Restaurant Row in Myrtle Beach has nationally known headliners, as well as some fine local talent.
- Shopping - The Myrtle Beach area has two outlet malls, the large Coast Grand Mall, as well as several other malls. There are also two golf "superstores" with multiple locations on the Grand Strand. There are also a number of smaller golf stores where you can get some good deals.
There are also many fine restaurants and fun night spots to visit. Just make sure you get home in time to to rest up before your morning tee-time!