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Photo gallery: Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach is filled with Lowcountry character
You'll find wide-open fairways and generous landing areas when you tee it up on the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf. But don't fall into a false sense of security. The closer you get to the holes, the greater the challenges. Davis Love III designed the 7,047-yard layout, which incorporates recreated ruins of an old plantation home on some of the holes on the front nine, adding to a golf course that's filled with Lowcountry character.
With some of the area's most photogenic holes along the Intracoastal Waterway, Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation is a favorite pick for most glossy Myrtle Beach advertisements. You're in for one of Myrtle Beach's prettiest rounds at Tidewater but also one of its most challenging, with a slope/rating of 74.8/144 from the championship tees.
Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation in North Myrtle Beach is one of the Grand Strand's prettiest golf courses. It features a collection of holes along the Intracoastal Waterway - as well as several other marsh holes.
There is no universal favorite golf course at the star-studded Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., host to designs by Davis Love III, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Tom Fazio. A large number of golfers familiar with the Grand Strand agree, however, that the Fazio Course is as good as any in the area.
Tidewater Golf Club remains South Carolina's most awarded golf course and has more than two decades of rave reviews to prove it. It is the only layout ever to be named "Best New Course" by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.
When the tide is out, the marshes of the Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation look like a graveyard for golf balls. It's the best looking cemetery a golfer will ever see. The stirring views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the inlet leading to the ocean set Tidewater apart from its competition along the Grand Strand.
North Myrtle Beach Golf CoursesOne of the four host courses of Golf Channel's "Big Break Myrtle Beach" reality show, the Love Course at Barefoot Resort certainly earned the right to shine on national television.Nestled next to the internationally known Dye Club, Barefoot Resort's Fazio Course isn't locked into a supporting role. Routinely finishing among the top 20 golf courses in South Carolina, the course's 18 holes flow from start to finish. Nearby housing is invisible, and even spotting one hole from another is rare.Year by year, the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort seems to grow its lore just a tad more. And now, with it having served as one of the four host courses for Golf Channel's "Big Break" reality show, this Myrtle Beach-area favorite is expanding its notoriety again.It doesn't get much better on the Grand Strand than Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation in North Myrtle BeachThere just aren't many chinks in Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation's armor. It's a great layout with great holes at every turn in a setting that never ceases to amaze. It's a demanding test that can gobble up golf balls, but the views soften the blow of turning in a scorecard that might be better off being ripped up and discarded, Jason Scott Deegan writes.The Surf Golf & Beach Club is an architectural oddity. All 10 par 4s dogleg right, some gently and others like an extremely bent elbow. All four par 5s dogleg left, twisting in the opposite direction. All this sameness might hinder lesser designs, but not the Surf Golf & Beach Club. What George Cobb designed in 1960 and John LaFoy modernized in 1992 is a 6,842-yard parkland course that provides endless joy for anybody who plays it.The Dye Club is the most exclusive of the four Barefoot Resort & Golf courses that opened simultaneously in 2000 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Playing The Dye Club, designed by Pete Dye, costs more than Barefoot's other resort courses. That exclusivity justifies the splurge. The Dye Club looks like a second cousin to both The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and the Dye Course at French Lick Resort in Indiana.The 7,047-yard Love Course remains arguably the most popular of the four premier designs at the Barefoot Resort & Golf that opened simultaneously in 2000. It's cheaper than playing the Dye Course and prettier than the Norman Course. The Fazio Course might be its equal -- or even a shade better -- but the Davis Love III design counters with some interesting nuances and maximum playability.Surf Golf & Beach Club remains one of the few Myrtle Beach golf courses sticking with bentgrass greens. Most have converted to mini-verde Bermuda grass to combat the scorching summers. Fast-rolling greens, especially on delicate downhill putts, are the course's main defense. Water guards three of the four par 3s. A peculiar quirk -- all the par 5s dogleg left and all the par 4s dogleg right -– would seem to add up to a boring, predictable round. That's hardly true.Azalea Sands Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: A quick play that doesn't sacrifice qualityIt's not easy to get players in and out while enjoying a solid round of golf. Azalea Sands Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach, however, has found a way to do both. And Azalea Sands has made it clear that it won't sacrifice long-term customer satisfaction for a quick buck now, Ian Guerin writes from the Grand Strand.