Willbrook Plantation Golf Club

4.3680500000 4.4 stars from 5 (14)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6732 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 72.5
  • Layout

  • 426 Tidewater Cir, Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585, Georgetown County
  • (800) 344-5590, (888) 293-7385
  • willbrookgolf.com

Year built: 1988
Architect(s): Dan Maples
Type: Semi-Private
Greens: Bermuda
Fairways: Bermuda
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
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6732 yards 72.5 131
White 72 6124 yards 69.6 120
Red 72 4963 yards 67.7 118

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: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 14 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
5
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

13 out of 14 reviews


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"Nice layout - enjoyable round"


cmkdeery's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

We play mostly as a twosome so often get paired up at busy courses. Meet a lot of new people this way, and golfers are generally a friendly type. That was the case today -- had an enjoyable round with a couple who traveled from Germany to play golf in Myrtle Beach. Course was busy and pace of play a bit slow, but diidn't seem so bad with new.friends to visit with.

Greeter/bagman and starter were very friendly, as was the cart lady.

Course was in good condition in spite of some rain the previous day, and some fall maintenance going on -- the crew was doing a great job not intruding on play. Like we've seen on other MB-area courses, there's not a lot of rollout on shots like we're used to up north -- and threre's no running shots up onto the green. So, choose your tee box wisely when you start your round, nd take an extra club to carry onto the greens.

Layout is very fair -- fairways are generous, but it's still important to hit it in the right spots to set up your next shot. No surprises (other than a few on green reads, perhaps!) -- it's all right there in front of you with no blind shots unless you get badly out of place.

Nice finishing par 3 and par 5 on numbers 17 & 18.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Great staff"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played for the first time. Pro was courteous enough to let me go out early to jump in front of a group of 28. Pace of play was so good I got in 27 in 4 1/2 hours. Course got a ton of rain night before. All things considered it held up well. Will play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A Top Grand Strand Track and The Ladies Choice in Myrtle Beach"


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 07/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

When Willbrook Plantation opened in 1988, golf course architect Dan Maples referred to it as “One of my best”. The ladies seem to agree. In fact, Golf Digest named Willbrook Plantation as one of America's Top 50 Courses for Women in 2010. Golf for Women Magazine has ranked the course as high as 25th in the US for women. However, all the guys I spoke with describe it to be a challenging layout, as well. In 2006, Golf Digest awarded Willbrook 4.5 stars in their "Best Places to Play."

Willbrook Plantation is built on land that was once two Carolina plantations, dating back to 1798 as evidenced on their logo. As you make your way around the course, you’ll see several historical markers denoting the various historic points of interest. One tells about the mounding built by slaves in the 1700s that served as the property lines between plantations. All kinds of non-golf related facts that add to the round’s enjoyment.

Willbrook Plantation plays 6,722 yards from the back tees with a rating of 72.4 and 133. The White Tees at 6,292 yards (70.3/129) provided a great test for me. Ladies play from 4,981 yards (68.3/120). Pick the right set of tees and when it doubt, do what Jack says and play it forward.

The golf course at Willbrook Plantation weaves its way through lowcountry marshes, and natural grasses. Along the way you’ll encounter centuries-old oak forests and a blend of wildlife you don’t see at other venues. It’s not uncommon to see the occasional deer, hawk or alligator during your round. The course is very player-friendly, especially for those that have never played the course. Water hazards that may have gone unnoticed, are marked with large yellow flags, so the “I didn’t know there was water there” defense is no longer valid. Water is very much a part of the action at Willbrook Plantation; you’ll see it in some form or another on at least 14 holes, although it only comes into actual play on about half of them.

There are several holes at Willbrook that could be considered “signature-worthy” but here are my choices:

Most Memorable Hole: Number 6, Par 3, 127 yards (White Tees). A challenging island green gets your attention on this short par 3 hole. A large bunker guards the left side of the green and two grass swales guard the far end, so if you miss the green left, up and down becomes an arduous task.

Last Word: It’s easy to see why Willbrook Plantation is consistently ranked one of the top courses in the Myrtle Beach area. Accuracy is at a premium, especially when avoiding large trees. It’s not the longest course on the Strand, but it is going to make you think your way around it. It’s also very peaceful and serene on the course; I think this is what Mark Twain was talking about when he said, “a good walk spoiled.”

In addition to the course, Willbrook has a great practice area and a grill that is popular with both visitors and locals. In fact, when I asked several players on the course which hole was their favorite, the majority said it was the 19th!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Willbrook still a gem."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2017
Previously played Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played here in March and was very impressed so I thought I'd introduce my buddies to this place. They loved it. Got some heavy rain the night before so the fairways weren't rolling, but the greens they were a holdin'! Course is in great shape. They are gonna punch the greens next week though so beware.


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 for a Modest Price"


Emoweeh's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

I read excellent reviews of Willbrook Plantation before I played the neighborhood course, and the Pawleys Island track did not disappoint. Upon arrival the starter and bag drop attendant gave us clear directions of where to check in and how to proceed to the first tee. My one small complaint of the day (besides the weather, though that is out of the course's control) was our tee time at 8:17 A.M. was delayed till about 8:35 A.M. due to some slow play. However, once we teed off, we rarely had to wait on the group in front of us. The course was in excellent shape; thick, green rough, crisp fairways, true rolling greens, etc, it was all spectacular considering we paid less than $50.00 for the round. While some thunderstorms just after the turn did slow our round down, they did not hinder our group's overall enjoyment of Willbrook Plantation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"An Absolute Gem"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Been wanting to check this one off my list for a while and I'm sorry I didn't do it sooner. It is now in my top 5 and will be bringing the fellas here when they come down. I played in the afternoon so it wasn't crowded at all. I've got nothing bad to say about this place. The course was in fantastic shape from tee to green. One of the most eye pleasing courses down here. Huge oaks with Spanish moss hanging, picturesque holes, and it's on a former plantation so there is some ( albeit not very good ) History here. There are plaques throughout the course detailing information about the place. I found it to be a challenging but fair course with some water hazards and well placed bunkers. The rough hadn't greened up yet so I guess if I was gonna get picky(and I'm not cause who cares about rough?) but every part of the fairways and greens was as green as St. Patty. The greens held all types of shots and rolled sweet. Get yourself down here to play this course. You won't be disappointed!


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 staff"


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 01/05/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played here Thursday over my Litchfeild beach trip and wow! The staff was very friendly and accommodating and helpful from the time I checked in. The course was designed by Dan Maples in 1988. (Great course designer). The course isn't overly long but it's not exactly short. The course had a great restraunt which had more great staff.

The course itself was very nice with a good amount of water. The only thing I would complain about would be the bunkers that where a little wet. The rough was healthy and greens rolled true. I also appreciated the fact that they had a great range and practice facility. The trees on the course where buetiful and loved the whole scenery of the course. The course is a little expensive but would still reccomend the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"This Southend Course doesn't stand out"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

I personally think this course is slightly overrated, don't get me wrong, it is definitely a nice place. However, nothing here really stands out or will blow you away. This is just a good place to get in a peaceful round of golf. When you compare it to many other South Strand courses in the area, it doesn't do much to make me want to go back. Just an average course in a beautiful area to golf.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A must play when in the area"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Myself and one buddy played the course and found it to be just great. I had played it once before but didn't recall how great a course it really is. The fairways are wide and forgiving but there are plenty of trees, bunkers, water hazards and rough areas to challenge you throughout the course. The greens roll true and consistent throughout the round. The sand traps are in great shape. I cannot think of a single negative thing to comment about. I've played a lot of courses in the Pawley's Island, SC area and Willbrook Plantation is as good as any of them and there are several good ones in that area. HIGHLY RECOMMEND anyone coming to the area to put this course on your list of places to play at least one round. You will not be disappointed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Experience and Challenging"


Gary9540523's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

We've been coming to this course for over 10 years as part of our Litchfield golf package. Our group of 8 always puts this on our list because the course conditions are the best. Compared to our experience at the much higher priced Caledonia this course was in better condition with the fairways and tee boxes dry (Caledonia was a mud pit) and allowing 90 degree carts even after considerable rain. The course is challenging from the whites and the wind made it even more so. The staff is very accommodating and professional. Very scenic layout in a gated community that obviously considers the upkeep of the course as a positive. We will be returning again next year,


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good value"


Mgeorgopulos's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/21/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played Willbrook several times in the past 8 years and it is always an enjoyable experience. The fairways are open for the most part and the greens are usually true. On this particular date, the greens were recovering from aeration, so that was a drawback, as well as being told it was cart path only after a severe rain storm the day before. As luck would have it, the ranger came out on the first hole and told us they had made it 90 degrees for the afternoon, so that was nice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This is a beautiful course"


cstmartin's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 5/13/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is challenging and in excellent condition. We had novice players ahead of us, unreasonably slowing down play, and rangers moved them off the course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"5 hour round !!!!!"


u00000644949's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/17/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Marshall asked this 4some ahead of us to pick up the pace 3 times ... 5 hours ... Very disappointing in the pace of play ... Not recommended for the casual golfer .... Gorgeous course, scenery, great layout ... wildlife, history ... can't wait to play it againin the summer ...


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging layout, conditions not as good as True Blue"


golfpattee's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 3/4/2013
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was cordial and informative. Coffee was expensive. Greens had lots of undulations and a lot of grain. Signage to find hole 1 was not completely clear. Distances to greens were well marked. Course was undergoing a lot of maintenance.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/01/2017

Lol. Your complaining about expensive coffee and the signage to hole !?! C'mon man.



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