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The Witch Golf Club casts its spell on golfers with a secluded, natural setting without a single home or condo in sight. Architect Dan Maples used 500 acres halfway between Myrtle Beach and Conway to craft something special. It might be priced like a middle-tier course along the Grand Strand, but The Witch looks and plays like one of the big boys.
Casual golfers might not recognize the name Dan Maples, but savvy golfers know the underrated architect belongs to a respected family in golf. Maples courses have become synonymous with playable, commonsense golf without gimmicks. Golf Digest ranks seven Dan Maples courses among its top 60 along the Grand Strand, which is more than any other architect.
Set in the swampland just northwest of Myrtle Beach, The Witch is a challenging Dan Maples design that meanders through wetlands without disturbing the habitat. With a 133 slope rating, it can be a scary test.
The Witch Golf Links isn't your average Myrtle Beach golf course. From an overall golf experience, it overachieves, thanks to getting it right around the details both on the course and with service. Readers of the Myrtle Beach Sun News recently rewarded that dedication to detail by naming The Witch the area's best golf course for the money.
Dan Maples may not be a big-name golf course architect like Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye or Donald Ross, but seven of Maples' courses are ranked among Golf Digest's top 60 along the Grand Strand, more than any other architect. And when it comes to couples golf in the Myrtle Beach area, Dan Maples is the man. Why? Jason Scott Deegan explains.
Hummingbird Course at Wild Wing Plantation near Myrtle Beach, S.C.: A great nine-hole play, whether golfers know it or not
Golfers who play Wild Wing Plantation will likely experience their first round on the nine-hole Hummingbird Course, whether they know it or not. Wild Wing is spending this summer on a major greens renovation on the 18-hole Avocet Course, so it's going to use the Hummingbird to substitute some holes. And, for a course that often goes unnoticed, that will be a very good thing, Ian Guerin writes.
Conway Golf CoursesMystical Golf in Myrtle Beach has three courses that rarely disappoint. But if you had to pick only one, which one would it be -- The Witch, The Wizard, or Man O' War? Why not play all three? There are plenty of other terrific golf courses on the Grand Strand, but if you can find time to play The Witch, The Wizard AND Man O' War, you won't regret it, Mike Bailey writes.Don't believe everything you hear. Especially if the topic is the greens on the Avocet Course at Wild Wing Golf Plantation in Conway, S.C. They had a rough spell, but the greens are looking better than they have in years, Ian Guerin writes. And the Avocet may be on its way back to the upper echelon of Myrtle Beach golf.Built on 500 acres in Conway, S.C. near Myrtle Beach, The Witch meanders through wetlands without disturbing the habitat. Some 4,000 feet of bridges see to that, and the holes bump against the natural lakes that often come into play. The holes are all fairly memorable. The Witch is one of the best mid-priced golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area, period.