Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

4.7417764706 4.7 stars from 5 (39)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6526 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 72.1
  • Layout

  • 369 Caledonia Dr, Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585, Georgetown County
  • (843) 237-3675
  • (843) 237-4762
  • www.fishclub.com
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Year built: 1994
Architect(s): Mike Strantz (1994)
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
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Pintail 70 6526 yards 72.1 140
Mallard 70 6121 yards 69.9 134
Wood Duck 70 5710 yards 67.8 129
Wood Duck (W) 70 5710 yards 73.0 128
Redhead (W) 70 4957 yards 68.7 122

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 39 Reviews
5 stars:
30
4 stars:
5
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

34 out of 38 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a bucket list/top 100 pick wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for 19th hole scenic views drinks  

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"7 days of playing in MB and what a way to finish the trip!"


LarryNoli's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We drew weather that was as special as this course...80 and low humidity! My buddy, John started out the round by getting a new bag at Caledonia while my wife and I sported new bonnets!!( See photo). We warmed up on True Blue's range which is a sister course to Caledonia and just a mile down the road. The range staff there even warned us that the True Blue putting green was a bit slower than Caledonia's greens so beware-now that's special treatment! We started on # 1 at 12:40 with very little traffic.....#1 runs down the side of the beautiful entry road while #10 runs on the other side of the road-just beautiful! The ladies loved the flowering and landscaping while I also loved the bunkering and how they were placed. I played the Pintail Tees(back)and it was awesome to view from the tee. There seemed to be plenty of room fairway-wise so that was great to see. The greens were about an 11 and were pure. My wife loved and was glad she decided to play it. It gives her, her 1st top 50 course in US for either men or women!

Nothing else to be said-play it if given the opportunity...spend the $$$ and "cash in" on the memories!! Special disclaimer-my buddy, John, paid for my green fee as well as my wife's!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

To golfers in Myrtle Beach and those who travel from many miles away, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club is Myrtle Beach golf. Since opening to the public in January 1994, Caledonia has rapidly gained and maintained a reputation as one of the premier resort courses in America.

A quick look at the scorecard tells you that at 6,526 yards from the back tees, Caledonia is not likely to overwhelm the long hitter. But consider that it’s a par 70 course and the rating/slope from the tips is 71.8/138, and you quickly learn this course is no pushover. In fact, the White Tees at 5,710 yards (67.6/127) will show most golfers a challenge and a good time.

Ask any newcomer to the course which hole was their favorite, and the majority will choose Number 18. It’s a 377-yard par 4 that requires something less than driver off the tee. The goal here is to avoid the water and leave yourself a second shot, over water into an oddly angled green that has two tiers. The top tier tends to funnel back towards the water. Bunkers surround the green and to top things off, you may have a gallery watching your approach and putt from the balcony directly behind the green. It’s fun and intimidating at the same time!

I asked several members and Assistant Professional Mike Foley the same question and, interesting enough, all agreed that the risk/reward par 5, Number 8 was their favorite. At 512 yards from the Blue Tees, a well-struck drive off the tee over the left fairway bunker on the right leaves you with a decision. The rest of the hole plays downhill and a good drive will leave around 225 yards to the green. Again, it’s downhill, which makes it play shorter, however there is a pond in front of the green that you must carry. Something else to consider is pin location. If it’s front, it is slightly above water level. If it’s a back pin, the upper level of the green sits about four feet higher. It’s the ultimate risk/reward hole on the course.

My favorite was Number 10, a 531-yard par 5 that I almost reached in two. Fairway bunkers on either side create a narrow landing area for your drive and the waste bunker dotted with grass islands that make up the right side of the fairway is an imposing obstacle to overcome on your layup. The double-tiered green demands a good long look if you want to score well here – unfortunately I did not!

Even the short par 3, 9th hole (110 yards/Blue Tees) requires a certain amount of distance control and accuracy. Although it’s short, it’s all carry over sand, and with the green being very shallow, the two back bunkers see a lot of play. Number 7 is a short but interesting hole. It plays 346 yards from the Blue Tees and, with a right-side pin placement, 9 out of 10 players will have to play their approach shot over or under a massive moss-draped oak tree. Find the fairway bunker on the left off the tee and big numbers await.

These are just some of the holes I have fond memories of, however I’m sure every hole out here has special meaning to somebody. After all, Caledonia realistically has 18 signature holes. No houses infringe on your play; it’s just you, nature and that darned little white ball.

After your round, do what many locals and other golfers do: visit the restaurant in the Old South-style clubhouse. They have a tremendous menu and, of course, your favorite post-golf libations. Now it’s your turn to sit in a porch rocker and offer encouragement on fellow golfers’ approach to the 18th green.

No round at Caledonia is complete without a souvenir of the day’s events and the pro shop can hook you up with a hat, shirt or towel from your favorite designer, complete with the Caledonia logo.

Caledonia’s mission is to provide each and every golfer with a unique experience that will let them reflect back on their day with fond memories of their Lowcountry experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Like Playing Golf Thru A Botanical Garden"


lcbgolf's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I've never been overly impressed by the layout of the course. Maybe 3-4 memorable holes. However, it is like playing golf thru a botanical garden. Flowers, trees blooming, majestic trees. They have workers there who just attend to the landscaping. I just love the drive up the road to the clubhouse. Lined with large oak trees with the Spanish moss. The clubhouse is great with the rocking chairs overlooking the 18th green. The restrooms at the turn are the best you will find on a golf course. On one of the par 3's, you made a donation to a military charity, you got a towel and 20% off in the pro shop. A nice touch. The other 3 players who had never played here before - just raved about this place.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"DOWN HILL PUTT STOPPED IN GA"


edbenn61's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

FULL DISCLOSURE I DIDNT PLAY MY BEST BUT THE SPEED OF THE GREENS WERE CRIMINAL. UPHILL 12 FOOTER WITH 4 FT OF BREAK. COURSE IS AS SCENIC AS ANY BUT AT $100 LOCAL OFF SEASON NOT ENJOYABLE. FAIRWAYS A TAD FIRM. ALL THAT IT SHOULD BE ON VISITOR LIST FOR SCENARY


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Pristine"


Cfreud's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

You don't go to Paris and skip the Louvre. It's the same for Myrtle Beach and Caledonia. From the drive to the course through the round, this is prime golf. Every hole is a postcard. Play it. Play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Caledonia"


msinisi2019's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Beautiful course, must play everytime we go down. 16, 17 & 18 are great finishing holes. Greens were great. Woman selling the photos was a little much. Love the clubhouse & pro shop. Great staff.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Perfection"


u000005606623's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Caledonia rocketed to the top of the must play golf courses in Myrtle Beach. Everything about the place was perfect. From the time you turn in and drive through a piece of history, to the end when you are relaxing with a beer watching others come in to 18 green. Everything was perfect. We played ona day that was sunny and 75 degrees. The tees were immaculate, fairways and bunkers were well kept. The greens, however, are what stole the show. They were flawless, to say the least. Every green was fairly quick, but not unforgiving. There were no bumps, dry spots, imperfections, etc. The course layout is challenging, more for the need of proper placement over pure length. There is water on several holes, but never any crazy forced carries. The clubhouse staff, starter, bag attendants, and bar staff were excellent. I highly recommend having lunch in the clubhouse. Excellent food. This is a pricey course by all standards, but I have never felt so happy to have paid so much for this course. We will be back each time we visit.


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


"Beautiful Course - Will be back!!!"


sillybell's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2017
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Just going to keep this short and sweet because I'm sure it's all been said already. This course is beautiful. Greens rolled true (my speed was most of the day though), fairways were in great shape. I'll be back...and hopefully I'll be putting better next time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always a Treat"


eligiocanada's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Not much to add to all the other great reviews. Our group's semi-annual visit to MB would not be complete without a round at Caledonia.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"great course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

one of the top 10 courses I have ever played. I wished I had played better but thats not the courses fault. Everything from the clubhouse, clam chowder, to the 18 hole was awesome. Probable won't ever get to play again because of the price and so many other great golf courses to play in the area. You better know how to putt when you come here, and look out for gators.


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


"Best on the strand"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

So this is one of the most beautiful properties in the country, any designer would've been able to make a nice course. But Mike Strantz delivered one of the best layouts in the country. I'm not going to get into details about the layout as it is recognized as one of the best already. However, this time around the course was not quite in the same condition as it was a year prior, not saying that they weren't great because they were still amazing. Maybe I'm reaching a little bit by saying it was a little less green and a little drier. But never mind that, this course is worth the money and you are truly missing out if you don't play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Strantz=Genius"


AHigherHandicap's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course by a great architect. Every hole keeps you on your toes. A lot of fun.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Used to love it"


smokerdoker's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

My group has played Caledonia every year since it opened on an annual golf trip. The setting is the most scenic of any of the Myrtle Beach area courses. But the last 2 years have been a disappointment due to course condition (mostly with fairways) and an uncooperative starter. They are quick to go cart path only at the slightest amount of rain which was the case this year even though fairways were firm and 6 other courses in the area allowed us to drive the course. Last year we were a group of 6 and the starter attempted to make is go 4 and 2 with 2 ladies added to make up a second foursome. After much argument he finally relented and let us go as 2 threesomes. Also that year we were told a few fairways were closed to carts when in reality only a few were open. Taking it off the list for next year.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"True South Carolina experience"


Andrew7155302's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

It starts when you turn in and make your way through the Spanish moss as you head up the drive way and arrive at the plantation style club house. The staff is extremely friendly from the cashier in the club house to the starter out on the first tee. There is not a traditional practice area only a few pins to chip to and a putting green. For it being February the tees, fairways and greens were in great shape and with it being a bit warmer than normal some of the color was starting to bloom and giving you that Augusta like feeling. The course wasn't too tight but most holes have tree lined fairways and putting it in the short grass will definitely help your score. There is also not much space to the left/right or backs of the greens so be accurate with you shots into the green. The 18th is a great finishing hole with the marsh all down your right side and water cutting in about 100yds in front of the green. Picking the right club off the tee (not as long as it looks) will set you up for a good second shot into the green. We finished up as the sun was getting ready to set and the views of the sun over the marsh and the clubhouse just capped a great day and were the essence of South Carolina.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Strantz delivers"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2016
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Mike Strantz is a very polarizing architect. Caledonia isn't as imaginative as Tobacco Road, however, it is quirkier than its sister course across the street, True Blue. I'm a fan of Strantz's work. From the moment you drive in through a tunnel of century-old oaks dripping Spanish moss and lay eyes on the antebellum style clubhouse, you just know this is going to be different. There is no driving range here. You must allow for plenty of time to head across the street and use the range at True Blue if you want to hit balls. What Caledonia has, however, is a really cool pitch and putt area with about three holes that really gets your short game tuned up. The course itself eases you in with a rather docile par-4 opener and a gentle par-5 second. The par-3 third yields a green that is extremely deep, allowing for pin placements that can require up to four different clubs. This course has a lowcountry feel, but adds expansive sandy waste areas. Don't just blindly step off into them either, as evidenced by the par-4 7th, where several gators were sunbathing. Take advantage of the reachable par-5 8th, 92-yard par-3 ninth and another reachable par 5 on 10. These are all great birdie opportunities. The 18th is a solid finishing hole. A water hazard narrows the fairway as you move from right to left, so favor the left side. I wouldn't recommend driver off the tee for better players, and you can use as little as a 5-iron that will leave no more than ~150 yards in, depending on the pin placement. This is a memorable approach with the marsh on the right, water in front of the green and the clubhouse backing it. In closing, Caledonia is a must-play in the Myrtle Beach area. It will only continue to rise among the ranks of the Top 100 public courses in America.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Slow pace of play ruined my Caledonia experience"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I'd like to start by saying I think this is a great course. The views are unbelievable. The greens roll nicely. The fairways are nice and the course layout is great. The staff is also very friendly. My experience unfortunately was ruined by the group of 12 golfers playing as 3 foursomes in front of us. In my opinion a round of golf should never take longer than around 4 hours. Because of the 12 golfers in front of us we were out there for more than 5 hours. We consistently waited for at least 10 to 15 minutes on every tee box. At one point the marshal showed up and told us that they were kicking the groups in front of in the butt because they were holding up the course. The group in front of them was about 3 holes ahead which is ridiculous. After he told us that, the round actually seemed to get slower. I'm just sad that it was my first experience on what many people consider the nicest public course in SC and it was marred by slow play. We spent a lot of money here between golf, apparel, and a plaque and it's a huge disappointment. I'd like to go back but I'm really nervous to try it again after this experience.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Pretty expensive to play but extrememly nice"


rkimbrell's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

My group played Caledonia on our way out of Myrtle Beach following the Myrtle Beach World Am.

I think their rate is high but since some had not played there, I wanted to get it off their "to be played" list in MB.

The staff for the most part was friendly and helpful with one exception at the bag drop. Everyone else was fine.

The course was very wet so it was cart path only but that was to be expected. To be as wet as it was, the course was in very good condition. If the bunkers had been just a bit better, I would have rated course conditions as excellent.

The greens were smooth and quick. They held well when hitting shots into them. Greens here are large so you need to hit the ball in the right quadrant on the greens or you will have a long day putting.

Fairways and tee boxes were nice.

We ate after the round in the grill and the food was very good. I had a bacon cheeseburger.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Deserves its Status"


CartNinja's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2016
First time playing Used cart Good weather

Reviewed on

This place was beautiful. Fairways and greens were perfection. Not overly long. The par 4's were driver and short/mid iron for most of the group. Par 3's were a challenge especially the famous 9th. This is a course worth putting on the list. It was 90 with high humidity in the Carolina Sun and I would have played 36 if I could have.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




Grantbeasley's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wow"


buddhaman4's avatar
Philly Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

This is an unbelievable course.. Just a gem and I can tell why it's the #1 course in Myrtle Beach. It's a true gem. Great holes and well laid out. Challenging greens and approach shots. Can't wait to come back. Only complaint was the sand traps were hard and compacted wet sand.... This place is to special to have bunkers like that... I know it got a lot of rain but courses much lower tiered then this have great bunkers so Caledonia so definitely have great bunkers. Other then that this course is world class.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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