Tradition Golf Club

4.3660411765 4.4 stars from 5 (27)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6875 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 72.6
  • Layout

  • 1027 Willbrook Blvd, Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585, Georgetown County
  • (877) 283-2122, (843) 237-5041
  • (843) 237-5045
  • www.traditiongolfclub.com
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Year built: 1996
Architect(s): Ron Garl (1996)
Type: Public
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 6875 yards 72.6 132
Men's 72 6313 yards 70.0 122
Seniors/Ladies 72 5728 yards 67.0 113
Ladies 72 5189 yards 70.1 126
Forward 72 4106 yards 64.4 106

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 27 Reviews
5 stars:
17
4 stars:
8
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

25 out of 27 reviews


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"Tranquil, Serene, Challenging"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

For more than 20 years, Tradition Golf Club on Pawleys Island has been playing host to both local golfers and those that converge on the Myrtle Beach area during peak golf seasons. This Ron Garl design is built on the site of a 16th century rice plantation and opened for play in 1996. Tradition Club has received numerous accolades, including South Carolina Golf Course of the Year in 2001, and has been awarded 4.5-stars by Golf Digest as well as voted “Top Fairways” for 1998 by Golf for Women. Tradition Club was also nominated as Best New Public Course by Golf Digest in 1996. It is truly one of the most prestigious golf clubs with public access in the Myrtle Beach area.

Also on property is an impressive practice complex. These are becoming a Ron Garl trademark and one that he has duplicated at several of the other courses he has designed/redesigned around the world. It includes a spacious full-length driving range, a massive chipping green and a putting green with multiple elevation changes so that you can get an idea of the breaks you will encounter during your round. With over 6,800 yards of golf course in front of you at Tradition Club, arrive early and take full advantage of this wonderful practice facility.

Tradition Club is located in the same general area as several other Waccamaw Golf Trail Courses: Willbrook Plantation, River Club and Litchfield Country Club. Five sets of tees provide playable distances for any level of golfer. The Tournament Tees play 6,875 yards and carry a course rating of 73.2 and a slope of 134; a fitting test for low handicappers. The Men’s Tees weigh in at 6,313 (70.8/125) while Ladies have the choice of two distances, the Gold (Senior/Ladies’) play 5,728 (73.1/124 for the ladies’) or the Red (5,189/70.4/120). There is also a ‘junior” set of tees that plays 4,106 with a course rating of 63.5 and a slope of 105.

As you make your way around Tradition Club, you will see how the course communes with nature. Meticulously maintained fairways wind their way through maritime forests and pristine wetlands. Many fairways are lined with live oaks and towering pines, yet there is ample room off the tee to swing away and go for broke.

Ron Garl seems to be a big fan of island greens and Tradition Club does not disappoint. In fact, you’ll have two opportunities to test your mettle on Number 7 and Number 15. Number 7 is a par 4, so you can’t use a tee on your approach shot. Water is present on about 9 holes but is really only a factor on 4 of those, two of which are the island greens.

The bunkers at Tradition Club are well maintained and filled with fine sugary sand. Most are low-lipped and don’t provide any added penalty. A number of holes feature large waste bunkers that are well groomed and add to the overall beauty of the course.

As nice as the course is, Tradition Club is defined by its well-conditioned Bermuda greens. Some have gentle undulations and subtle breaks while others are well-sloped from back to front. All roll fast, true and consistent.

Member’s Favorite Holes: I spoke with a number of members who had varying opinions on their favorite hole, so we narrowed it down to two.

Number 5: Par 3, 179 yards (Men’s Tees). A challenging par 3 that’s got it all – in the way of hazards. From the tee, you need to carry both water and sand; there’s more sand right of the green if you push your shot. The green is shallow – only 29 yards deep, so distance control – and a good putting stroke on this well-contoured green - are essential if you want to score well. Walk away with a par and be happy.

Number 7: Par 4, 377 yards (Men’s Tees). One of two island greens on the course; only you can’t use a tee to reach this one. Long ball hitters will find it best to leave the driver in the bag here; you run out of fairway at about 300 yards from the back tees. You’ll need superior distance control on your approach shot into this island green with a large bunker left. A back-right pin can be a challenge with all of the mounding.

Writer’s Favorite: Number 10: Par 5, 510 yards (Men’s Tees). A long dogleg left that just seems to keep on turning. There’s a large waste bunker all the way down the left side of the fairway, so favor the right side off the tee and with your approach shot. The large fairway bunker of the right side can’t be seen off the tee and shouldn’t come into play. A good drive followed by a well-placed layup will leave a short pitch into a green that slopes severely from back to front and is protected on the left side by the waste bunker. Mounding in the fairway can produce some interesting lies!

Pro’s Pick: Number 1: Par 4, 323 yards (Men’s Tees). A short, yet trying par 4 to get your round under way. A gentle dogleg right with a large waste bunker on the right side. Find this bunker off the tee and not only will you have to deal with a sand shot of about 100 yards, you’ll have to carry it over several large oak trees. Playing down the left side of this well-mounded fairway leaves a cleaner look into the green with only a single bunker on the left side to contend with.

The other island green is worth mentioning as well. Number 15 is a par 3 that plays 157 yards from the men’s tees. Clear the water onto the largest green on the course with trouble on all sides. Another short hole where par is a good score.

Last Word: To score well at the Tradition Club, you need to have your complete game together. Out here, it’s all about shot placement: how far to hit it and where to put it. For the most part, the greens are well protected by sand and/or water. If your approach shots are not dead on, you could be in for a long day. Being able to work the ball – left or right as well as trajectory – is a big plus too. The greens run fast and true, so a consistent putting stroke is a big plus. Most are raised and feature modest undulation. The two island greens add some excitement to an already fun round of golf. You should be able to get around the course in about four hours, which is nice. The course also drains very well so if other courses in the area are closed after a good rain storm, give Tradition Club a call. There’s a good chance they are open and playable. And not cart path only!

After your round, stop by the grill room for some traditional clubhouse food and all of your favorite post-round libations. Tradition Club also has one of the best stocked pro shops in the area with all kinds of logoed apparel from all of the top names. Be sure to browse around and take home a memento. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to help.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great course"


Kevin7566900's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course was a lot of fun. Played 3 others this trip and by far this was best. Area had lots of rain 24 hours before and Course drained well. Especially compared to others. Greens were awesome and fairways were not too far behind. Definitely give this one a go!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Poor layout and poorer conditions"


SirLuke's avatar
Age:  25-34

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

One of the worst courses I've played in Myrtle Beach. The layout of the course was poor. Can't hit driver on most of the par 5s, there are trees in the middle of most fairways, and there is just as much sand on the greens as in the bunkers. Do yourself a favor and play another course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Good course"


mcquainc13's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Good course for the money. Not blown away but I would play it again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Awsome!"


ribeyeman's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Extremely nice golf venue. Shot a nice score, plenty of trouble to get in to. Greens are medium fast, played the day after a heavy rain. Some forced carries, plenty of sand, lots of water. Going to be one of my MB favorites. Staff was very helpful, friendly, and accommodating.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course in Myrtle Beach that won't bust your pocket"


Keith0709's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Georgia Advisor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played here on New Years and the weather wasn't the best I've ever seen but the course was great. It was about 58 degrees and there was lots of rain. The parking lot was not very busy but the course was filled with experienced and nice locals from Litchfeild Beach area. The plants and clubhouse where very nice with great staff friendlyness.

Like I said the weather wasn't exactly the best weather but it was ok and the course just nailed it. The drainage system was nice and esorbed all the water that was standing in the grass. The putting green was a little small but the driving range was nice and the Marshall at the first hole was really chill and didn't really care if we hit mulligans of one.

The course itself was in fantastic shape for the winter and really enjoyed the fact that the greens where running true and where fast. The course wasn't overly long and doesn't eat you alive, which gave me lots of birdie opertunities. This also gives the average 10 handicap a chance to break 85. There was a good amount of water and a lot of good holes on the course which I appreciated.

Overall I really enjoyed the course and would definitely recommend the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course for the money"


Chad8308456's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played this course as the first of 3 courses during our Pawley's Island golf trip. The course was in terrific shape. The greens were on the slower side because they had been over seeded but they rolled nicely. The staff was friendly. Great course if you are visiting the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice Layout"


u000003851658's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Poor weather

Reviewed on

T-Storms in the forecast limited us to nine holes. Played the back nine. Course was in excellent shapes. T-Storms were in the vicinity when we made the turn so we decided to ask for a 9 hole rain check which the club gave to us without any hassle. Very accommodating staff. Can't wait to go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great round of golf"


u765663581's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Great round. Had not played there in about 10 years until this summer. Played with a friend and a local. The local gave great information about the course. Greens had a few rough spots but they kept pins away from those areas. course was in great shape. Huge fairway bunkers. Stay out of them.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Solid Track"


u485919879's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

The Tradition Club is an excellent course and was in very good condition. The tees, fairways, and greens were all very good. Greens were running at 10-10.5 on the stimp meter the day I played. I was paired up with another single. This is a solid test of golf on Pawleys Island and I highly recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good Course"


Golfing4All's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played this course as part of a Myrtle Beach package. This was the first time my group had played this course and we did not know what to expect. We were presently surprised at how well the course had held up to the amount of rain Myrtle Beach had the week we were there. The course is long and challenging from the back tees and has some difficult holes with lots of sand along with some easier scoring holes. The course has generous fairways that were nicely maintained and greens that are tricky but fair... Only real concern was the August green maintenance for plugging (couldn't be helped as we know) and the fact that they started us on that back...The back is a nice side but the front is by far the tougher side and after playing in 94 degree heat it would have been nice to play the finishing holes arguably toughest 3 hole stretch on the course when we were not exhausted.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course"


Jhope1125's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/21/2014
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Reviewed on

The staff at GOlf NOw were great and every thing went along as planed without a hitch


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


stevechs's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/1/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My first time at The Tradition and I will be back. The only negative was they were having a members Labor Day captains choice tournament and teed us off right in the middle of it so it was very slow going. I have no negative comments on the golf course....it was great. Wide fairways, rough was about the height of the golf ball so it was playable. Greens had consistent speed, they said the green speed was 10 but I don't think they were that fast. This is the best course for the money I have played at Myrtle Beach!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Well maintained, no complaints"


Ewang's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/24/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape for being July in SC, flip side being that the fairways and greens were very soft due to the amount of rain the area's had over the past few weeks. Hitting the ball in the rough actually penalized you, a nice change from a lot of other "vacation area" courses where the rough and fairways had very little variation in grass height.<br/> Staff was extremely friendly, although it would have been nice if there was a ranger to speed up play a little.<br/> Not a long course at all, but not gimmicky either (blind tee shots with sharp doglegs, etc.)


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Beach Course"


Jeremy2899591's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/23/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a wonderful course. It is very well maintained. The greens have a little bit of burn in them, but it did not affect play. It is a challenging course, but not overly so. I shot a new record for myself, 79.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Didn't compare to the rest of our trip"


BostonGolfTraveler's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2013
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

We picked this course as we got a very good deal on it and it was our first time out playing in Myrtle Beach this year and thought and easier course might be good for us. Sadly we chose poorly as this course was not in very good condition the fairways and greens were in rough shape but the layout is fantastic. The staff in the pro shop certainly didn't seem like they wanted us there as they hustled us out, gave us no pointers on the course and just wanted us to get out of the pro shop. With all of the great courses in that area including TPC of Myrtle Beach, Caledonia and Blackmoor this is a course that really needs to work to get the play that it needs from visitors.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great conditions, challenging and fun..."


raffcat57's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/21/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played week before Memorial Day. Excellent conditions, super greens, fairways, tee boxes.<br/> Greens have some movement on them but nothing crazy I thought.<br/> Friendly staff. Will return again and will recommend to others.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Quality course 7.5/10 price a little high"


u000007354493's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/18/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course had a great layout and the staff were friendly. Price was a little steep for the quality of the course but I understand nearly all courses in the surrounding areas are.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course conditions were great. Staff was friendly. Will have this on my list to play again."


Miller377's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/17/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course conditions were great. Staff was friendly. Will have this on my list to play again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Special Course"


brentmdavis's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2013

Reviewed on

This was my favorite course on this trip. It was in amazing shape and fun to play. The staff was great. I will be back next year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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