Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

3.8986705882 3.9 stars from 5 (38)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7026 yards
  • Slope: 146
  • Rating: 75.3
  • Layout

  • 70 Tanglewood Dr., Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585, Georgetown County
  • (843) 237-6000, (800) 367-9959, (888) 293-7385
  • (843) 237-3282
  • www.pawleysplantation.com
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Year built: 1988
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (1988)
Type: Semi-Private/Resort
Greens: Tif Eagle
Fairways: Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Golden Bear 72 7026 yards 75.3 146
Blue Heron 72 6522 yards 72.5 137
White Egret 72 6127 yards 70.8 130
Yellow Finch 72 5572 yards 73.0 130
Red Tail Hawk (W) 72 4979 yards 70.1 126

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 38 Reviews
5 stars:
19
4 stars:
13
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

33 out of 37 reviews


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"Super nice."


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 10/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Staff was extremely friendly. Course was in great shape. They teamed me up with some members, very nice folks. Had an awesome day. Will be looking forward to going back. Practice facility was super.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Waited a long time to play here and think there are many better."


TBoneSSUBears's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Because this course is so far away (hr) from where I stay I normally pass. I decided this year to play all new course and I started with this one. The good; Back nine layout, pace of play, practice area, fairways, price. The bad; its July but back nine greens had some sand on them; some traps had tire tracks in them, I would play this if under 70 bucks and are in that area. Not worth the drive from NMB. True Blue MUCH better. Didn't hate it just over-hyped.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Pawleys Plantation – Something Special from Jack Nicklaus"


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 07/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Plantation Golf & Country Club is one of those courses you can play over and over again and never have the same shot twice; that’s what makes it such an enjoyable course. Jack would have it no other way.

Pawley’s Plantation is a championship, par 72 course that measures 7,031 yards from the back tees, yet the most memorable hole on the course is a mere 115 yards long. More on that later. From the back tees, the course carries a course rating of 75.7 and slope of 148. Most golfers will find that the White/Egret Tees (6,184/72.0/139) will give them as much golf course as they can handle. Five sets of tee boxes give golfers of all levels of ability the chance to enjoy this Lowcountry classic.

The course is not without its share of notoriety; Golf World named it one the state’s top 30 courses in 2009 and 2010. Golf Digest has awarded the course 4 stars as one of its “Places to Play” and Zagat has called Pawleys Plantation one of “America’s Top Courses”.

The front nine winds its way through pine and hardwood forests and features several tree-lined fairways; others use beautiful lakes to frame the border. Massive sand bunkers are prevalent on several holes. The back nine is a different story as several holes extend out into the saltwater marsh and offer fantastic views of the surrounding area. Rest assured that because of your location, the prevailing winds will be a factor. Two hundred-year-old moss-draped oak trees come into play on several holes, most notably on number 14, where “Jack’s Tree” sits in the middle of the fairway near his old house.

For the most part, landing areas are generous; and the green complexes are nothing less than you would expect from a Jack Nicklaus design. The TifEagle hybrid Bermuda grass greens are large with subtle undulations and run-offs typically associated with Nicklaus courses. They putt fast and true.

It’s not often that the par 3 holes add the most excitement to a round, but at Pawleys Plantation that is certainly the case; all showcase water, sand or both. Ask anyone – including those that have taken a double or better – what hole they remember most and they will undoubtedly say number 13. This hole plays 115 yards from the White Tees and is every bit as much of a test as #17 at Sawgrass. Locals have dubbed it “The Shortest Par 5 on the Grand Strand”. To get to the tee, you drive from the 12th green across a causeway, past the 17th tee box, and stop about ¾ of the way across. The tees for 13 and 17 are built into the causeway; 17 is a par 3 that plays 150 yards, over a saltwater marsh to a green that is a lot wider than it is deep. It too is a tough hole.

Anyway, back to 13. The tee box is elevated above the marsh and if you are afraid of heights (like me), it can be quite the extra challenge. The hole is bulk-headed to the marsh and there is zero room for error. Your tee shot is complicated by the prevailing wind and very rarely plays the stated yardage. The 13th green and the 16th green are one and the bunkers around the 13th green catch any errant shots that the water does not. This hole truly lives up to its billing. There’s a 5 on my scorecard and that’s being generous! If you look down into the saltwater marshes at low tide, you can see where others have tried – and failed – too.

The second hole is rated the #1 handicap hole and is very demanding; even more so because it is only the second hole. At 408 yards from the White Tees, it takes two good shots to get on in regulation. There’s water to the far left and sand to the immediate left of the large undulating green. Par is a very good score here.

Mr. Nicklaus thinks Number 10 is one of the nicest holes on the course and I tend to agree. If you play a hybrid or long iron off the tee and leave it short of the large fairway bunker on the right side, you’ll have an approach shot of less than 130 yards. Should you decide to play left of the bunker, you can get your approach distance down to about 80 yards. Either way, you’ll have an approach shot over water to a long, narrow green bulk-headed in front and well bunkered on either side. This is a great thinking man’s hole!

As you can tell from the slope rating, Pawleys Plantation is not an easy course. Jack Nicklaus’ philosophy has always been that golf is “a game of precision as well as power” and nowhere is that more evident than here. From the tree-lined fairways on the front to the marsh-laden back nine, Pawleys Plantation keeps you guessing. You’ll need to hit it long and straight on some holes and finesse it onto the putting surface on others. Thankfully, Pawleys Plantation provides each golfer with a yardage book.

A good course is not complete without a good 19th hole and the Palmetto Pub raises the bar when it comes to your typical clubhouse fare. In addition to your favorite clubhouse food and libations, they have an outstanding food menu with some nice surprises. The night we were there, the special was a 12oz NY Strip steak, cooked the way you like it, served with salad, potato and vegetable. Their She Crab Soup and homemade chili also hit the spot.

Because of its location, Pawleys Plantation is a popular spot for weddings, with a scenic and private location overlooking the 18th green. Pawleys’ professional event planning staff and executed chef Leon Nesbit can help put together an event that you will remember for a lifetime.

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely 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 07/08/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Everything about this course was great. Fairways, Greens...great shape. Played early in the morning so greens got faster as the day heated up. Never seen anything like Hole #13. Wouldn't want every course I play to have a par 3 like this one...but man was it cool. Only negative of the day was the mosquitos. Got eaten alive. Bring bug spray!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Most underrated course on the grand strand"


willmy86's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

Pawleys is such a beautiful challenging course. It's always in great shape. The greens are quick and true so you can make putts. The course is somewhat tight and the wind always blows out there. I feel it's the toughest test of golf on the grand strand. 13, 14, 16, 17, and 18 will test all of your shot hitting capabilities.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always great to "go home again""


TimGavrich's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I grew up spending summers in Pawleys Island, and lived there from 2011 to 2014, so I've played Pawleys Plantation hundreds of times, and it holds a dear spot in my heart. Make no mistake - this late-80s Jack Nicklaus layout is extremely demanding, but the beauty of the back-nine holes on the marsh typically helps one's worries melt away. An upgrade in conditioning would take the facility to the upper echelon of Grand Strand golf.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great Golf"


ralphcarchidi's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is the prettiest course I've played. Beautiful surroundings. Back nine runs through marsh very scenic . Course was in great shape. Greens excellent, played in under 4 hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tough Course in Rough Shape"


reedyt's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Let's start with this; the course is tough. There is trouble all over the place. If you miss the fairway, you're in a waste bunker; if you miss the waste bunker, you're in the water; if you miss both, you're OB. Certainly one of the most difficult courses in Myrtle Beach, but worth playing. The fairways were in rough shape, but the greens were perfect. We didn't see a brown spot all day. The back nine was really cool as it was cut out of, and in some cases constructed within, the marsh of Pawley's Island. We played with two guys who play there a lot and they said the bugs are usually awful there. Today they weren't bad, but with all the marsh on the course I believe it could be bad sometimes. Overall, if you play well the course rewards you, but if you make mistakes your score will reflect that.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pawleys is on a beautiful piece of land"


Isaaccoates97's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I've played Pawleys a few times, I've noticed they always suffer from sub par conditioning. But this most recent day at pawleys was great, the greens were in the best shape I've seen them. Fairways were good for the most part with a few exceptions. This course plays as 2 different courses basically, but it somehow fits into one. The front 9 is pure low country golf and the design is solid. It is a very enjoyable 9 holes but when you take the turn, the views become spectacular. The back 9 seems as though the holes were already there before Jack touched them. On a windy day, these holes along the salt marsh will do quite a number on your scorecard. This is definitely one of the tougher courses on the South Strand. This is definitely a course I could play regularly and is easily in my top 10 area courses.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"P Poor Pawleys"


JackStraw6's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Well, they did get the greens back in shape, alas, they forgot about the rest of the course. Fairways and tee boxes were in horrible shape.Played a course down the road and it was miles ahead of this one in terms of condition.When a course is in this condition they should offer a discount.The 17th is a 70 yd 3 if you can believe that. Stay away.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Horrendous GREENS"


toverman1128's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

First time playing this course. Love Jack designs, great layout but this course is unplayable. Complete joke that they are charging people to play. Greens are dead with a Fungas but they don't tell you when you book time. Will never play again!!! Save your money don't waste your time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Avoid"


Frank9976074's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Pawleys was the most disappointing course our group played all week. The greens were awful. According to the unfriendly marshall they lost them back in October. The strange thing is that the other 4 courses we played which were within 7 miles didn't have this problem. The marshall seemed aggravated at our complaints and offered no apologies only admonished us to pick up the pace even though we were waiting every hole.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"A Nice Friendly Course"


Accampbellcustoms's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

This course is a nice course, not overly hard. It has several challenging holes. The greens for February were surprising nice, putts rolled out smoothly. It was very wet due to extreme storms prior to our trip so the fairways were soft with some standing water on some holes. Considering the fact there were tornado watch's the day before the course was in great shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Value"


jimvivalo's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Look forward to playing here as often as possible. Great character and for me quite challenging - particularly the back nine. Unfortunately, got stuck behind a "fivesome" on the back nine which slow down all groups to a frustrating crawl. No Rangers or anyone "in charge" was around as I guess all the bosses went home for the afternoon. Anyway, highly recommend when the get the pace of play organized a bit better.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"So you think you got game?"


u000001772729's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2015
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This course is a great course to see if you are as good as you think you are. I have played it from the tips and the men's tees. It is all you want from the tips. Played probably one of my best rounds ever and shot 73. The course is very scenic and requires a lot of different shots. The course has always been in good to great shape when we have played. If you are on the south end of the beach then add this one to your list. I believe pricing was reasonable as well.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Felt like I played 2 different courses"


u000007953872's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The front 9 and the back 9 felt like 2 totally different courses. The front 9 was underwhelming lined by houses and not the low country course I was expecting. The back 9 was scenic low country marsh land and was beautiful. I went into this course with high expectations cause it was low country course designed by Jack and I was a bit disappointed.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"What an incredible disappointment"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

One of the most frustrating rounds of golf from the second I pulled my car into the parking lot. One row of cars was blocked off by a group of buddies drinking Bud Lights before they even teed off. Staff in the clubhouse treated my group with an extremely smug attitude as if their position as cashiers in the club pro shop at "Pawley's Plantation" allowed them to be short and condescending. As our group pulled up to the first tee we shocked to already find that the next group was waiting for us to tee off, they were literally right behind our set of carts. The group in front of ours played extremely slow and jammed up the entire course from the very first hole. Each time they reached the green play would come to a halt as each golfer needed to exercise the patience of a PGA veteran with each putt. Finally we reached the 18th fairways where the ranger had miraculous appeared and was closely following the group, sorry but it was a bit too late to push the pace of play. Loud pop and rap tunes were blasting from the back porch of the clubhouse where there was no wedding actually occurring just the set up process. Extremely off-putting . The course was very well kept, layout was okay. But to be honest I can't remember much of the actual golf at Pawley's because on each shot I had to wait so long that I got completely disinterested with the whole affair. Would love to return and play the course in the afternoon when it's not packed, maybe the clubhouse employees will be remotely friendly next time.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Value and FUN"


djkarre's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

A great course, with memorable holes! MUCH better value than Caledonia! Have played over 80 courses and WANT to play this one again! Remember when checking in to getrrage balls - you'll need to warm up! The course isn't easy, but fair. And you need to be ready! A REALLY enjoyable day and want to play it again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"played in winter"


doctorsteve's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2013
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

A fair test of golf fromthe white tees. Carts had GPS but I still like yardage book tips. Receptive but fast greens. Excellent service and staff. Number 17 par three all carry over the marsh 165 yards was a thrill. Will bring a group here in the future.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Top-notch facility"


u000006805407's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in tip-top shape. Greens were pristine--fast, but true.


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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