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Conditions
2.2
Value
2.5
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.2
50.1%
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25 out of 49 reviews
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2.6
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Conditions
2.3
Value
2.8
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.0
47.1%
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16 out of 34 reviews
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2.2
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Layout
4.0
Pace
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Amenities
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4.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7003 yards
Slope 132
Rating 74.0
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Lions Paw
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Course Details

Year Built 1990
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens MiniVerde Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Willard Byrd (1990) Nai Chung Chang (1990)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Reviews

2.6
49 Reviews (49)
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Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

My wife and I played Lion's Paw on Thanksgiving and the course surprisingly was in great shape. This course has a great layout with many challenging holes. Now that the course is in great shape I highly recommend playing it

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great staff

Everyone we interacted with at the course made us feel appreciated and welcome. Layout is fun and greens are fast. Stay in the fairways and You'll avoid trouble.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Lion's Paw

It's too bad, the course layout is great. If someone would mow the lawn, this isn't brain surgery, this can be a very good course. Unfortunately the condition isn't good

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 11/18/2020

Thank you fro taking the time to review your recent visit to Lion's Paw. We agree, the Lion's Paw layout is very nice. We apologize that we fell short of your expectations on the mowing height on the day you played. Overall reviews for Lion's Paw have been very good lately, so I'm not sure what happened on this particular date. Grass heights can vary for many reasons on any given day, but we strive to offer consistent conditions daily and we will take your feedback into consideration to try to improve our operation. We hope you will come again in the future to see our continued progress. Thanks again.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Meh

not a great layout. fairways needed a mow but rough was out of control. you could miss a fairway by inches and lose your ball. ditto around the greens. I realize there are consequences to a less than perfect shots but the bermuda grass was way to thick and LONG to prevent way too much time searching and in many cases losing a ball that didnt deserve to be lost. Regarding the layout, many might like it. I found it pretty dull. fyi, pace of play was good because no one else out there. kind of sad.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 11/09/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Lion's Paw. This legendary and original Big Cat course went through a tough stretch at the end of summer and early fall, but we have worked diligently to return it to form and the results are certainly evident to those playing recently. The rough is actually much improved from even a few weeks ago and we have a comprehensive plan that will keep the roughs and the entire course in excellent condition as we move through the remainder of 2020 and beyond. We hope you will visit us again soon and see the results for yourself! Thanks again.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful Course

The course was in great shape, especially the greens. Staff was very friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/09/2020

Thank you very much! Yes, we have worked diligently to make sure this wonderful and original Big Cat course is in great shape for future guests and we are so proud of the recent results! We hope you will come again very soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Stay away from this one

Unfortunately, the owner of this course does not care about it. This whole year has shown that a great course like Lions Paw - and its sister courses (Panther's Run, Tiger's Eye, Leaopards Chase) have been in lousy condition for years. The owner is not putting the resources into the facility and simple things like food and beverage and course conditions have suffered. He needs to sell these before they get to a point where they cannot come back.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/03/2020

We are very sorry you feel that way. In reading your review, I'm not sure if you have actually played the courses lately, but all of the Big Cats are much improved this fall and that includes Lion's Paw, as evidenced by the more recent reviews on this site and others. This has been a most challenging year for businesses in our nation and golf in particular has been hard hit. Despite the tremendous loss of revenue from cancelled golf trips and government mandated stay at home orders, we have persevered and have kept our employees working so they can provide for their families, while taking great strides in making necessary improvements to the courses. The hiring of two new highly experienced greens superintendents and the aid of various consultants have helped us make tremendous improvements that will allow us to offer our guests an enjoyable and memorable golf experience for many years to come. We would love to have you come back out and see the improvements for yourself. Please contact me anytime to discuss this situation further. Just ask for Bill Long and I will be happy to work with you to show you our recent progress. I look forward to hearing from you.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Lions Paw

conditions at Lions Paw have improved dramatically lately... the winter rye has grown in beautifully and the greens are in very good condition...

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/30/2020

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent visit to Lion's Paw. We truly appreciate your feedback. We agree, conditions are much improved and we are dedicated to making that trend continue as we move beyond the challenges of the difficult summer we faced in 2020. We hope you will come back again and see our continued progress. Thanks again!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 10/28/2020

Thank you for the review. Conditions at all The Big Cats courses are improving dramatically and we are excited about the remainder of 2020 and beyond.

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Lion's Paw

It's too bad they don't take care of the course, it's such great layout, but just in D+ shape, maybe a C-

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/23/2020

We apologize for the conditions you described above and want you to know we take your feedback seriously. We have hired a new Director of Agronomy and a new head greens superintendent and they have a plan that will greatly improve overall conditions on all of The Big Cats courses. Progress is already evident in just a few weeks and will continue through the remainder of 2020 and beyond. We hope you will come check out the improved Big Cats again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/23/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Ocean Ridge! We appreciate it very much and hope to see you again soon. There are some exciting improvements taking place for the remainder of 2020 and beyond!

Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
Windy weather
Used cart

Sell this place to an owner that cares

Played Panthers Run today. In the 39 years I have been playing golf in the Myrtle Beach area I have never played a course in worse condition than this place. Munys up north are in better shape. I played here 20 years ago and it was a premier course. Now it's a disaster. I have never seen so much crab grass on a golf course - tees, fairways and fringes. Numbers 7, 8 and 9 are particularly awful. I won't be back until they make some major improvements.

Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 10/23/2020

We deeply apologize for the conditions you experienced on your recent visit. Many external factors created a perfect storm of challenges that definitely impacted our course conditions during the the late summer and early fall. fortunately, that period has passed and we have made significant progress in a short period of time since then. The addition of a new Director of Agronomy and a stronger supporting staff has made a tremendous difference and we are excited about the improvements and progress that is to come for the remainder of this year and beyond. We hope you will give us an opportunity in the future to make up for your previous unsatisfactory experience.

Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Worst course ever played

This course is awful! 80% crab grass. Miss the fairway by a foot and you are lucky to find it in the weeds. Greens are slower than a shag carpet. Save yourself the time and money, PLAY SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!! #MyrtleBeachWorldAM should be ashamed of putting this course in the rotation.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Disgraceful

Played this course this morning. It was filled with grab grass and grass from the mowers was laying in the fairway. Tee boxes were disgraceful.! Can’t imagine the World Am playing this course or Panther’s Run. Mark Saunders put some money into your courses or sale them.!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Course Not Maintained

This course looked great on the website and has the potential to be a wonderful course near the beach. However, they need to invest in keeping this course in a better condition. The grass on the tee box, fairway, and rough were all unkept on most holes. You could hit a ball in the fairway and have to spend time looking for it. If I teed up a driver shot on some holes, my ball would barely be above the grass level.

The other aspect of the course condition was the wetness. I played at 8 am and it did not rain for probably 24 hours. They must've left the sprinklers on all night because the course was SOAKED. Obviously, this effects your game when hitting approach shots and putting.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
1.0
First Time Playing

Lions Paw

Lions Paw Golf links is an absolute disgrace to the golf community. The worst grass I’ve ever seen on a course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Lions paw

The golf course is not in very good shape. The greens are very very slow. The rough was so long you couldn’t find a ball. To many courses around to play here!!

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

grounds crew

We were the first group off and we were told we had to wait until the grounds crew crew got in front of us. We never saw one person or any tracks. Thus, the course especially the front line needs a boatload of work

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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