Lion's Paw at Ocean Ridge Plantation

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2.3
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2
1 Stars
3
Conditions
1.8
Value
1.9
Layout
3.4
Friendliness
3.1
Pace
3.2
Amenities
3.0
38.2%
Recommend this course
7 out of 12 reviews
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1.5
2
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1.0
Value
1.0
Layout
3.5
Pace
3.5
Amenities
2.5
StaffFriendliness
2.5
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2 reviews
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1.7
3
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Conditions
1.0
Value
1.0
Layout
3.7
Pace
3.3
Amenities
2.3
StaffFriendliness
2.7
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7003
Slope 132
Rating 74.0
Type Public
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 7003 yards 74.0 132
White 72 6457 yards 71.3 128
Gold 72 5872 yards 67.5 118
Gold (W) 72 5872 yards 71.0 126
Red (W) 72 5363 yards 69.0 121
Scorecard for Lions Paw Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 74.0/132 417 517 204 428 415 228 402 520 386 3517 400 202 383 527 418 445 384 185 542 3486 7003
White M: 71.3/128 387 477 178 385 399 175 364 495 352 3212 375 188 372 493 396 408 353 154 506 3245 6457
Gold M: 67.5/118 W: 71.0/126 351 433 123 361 366 136 332 478 336 2916 349 172 322 431 393 382 319 131 457 2956 5872
Red W: 69.0/121 335 416 108 326 353 125 303 455 305 2726 307 110 300 413 328 366 286 121 406 2637 5363
Handicap 1 15 3 5 7 17 9 13 11 2 8 10 14 4 6 16 18 12
Par 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 1 15 5 3 7 17 9 13 11 2 18 8 12 10 4 16 6 14

Course Details

Year Built 1990
Fairways Bermuda
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Willard Byrd

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

Reviews

2.3
12
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Handicap 10-14
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1.0
Top 250 Contributor
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Perfect weather
Used cart

What has happened to Ocean Ridge Plantation course maintenance?

My 11th round in my 2018 Myrtle Beach World Amateur trip.

Well, paid full rate to play Lions Paw. Feel I got ripped off. Tee boxes and fairways terribly burnt out. Don't know if they can't water or what. But, then the rough was about 4 inches deep. Found lots of balls other had lost in this deep crap. The greens were about the only good thing about this course. At least they were in good shape.

Not sure what is going on at Ocean Ridge Plantation but was always fond of their courses. Their maintenance and upkeep of their golf courses has fallen well off now. Nope, would not recommend playing any of their courses till they improve.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Crappy greens. Nothing else good here

Greens absolutely suck

Tee boxes need mowing

Cart signs are 100 yards from greens

Cart gal 70 years old and unfriendly

Bartender not friendly

Layout was nice, but did I mention the greens are horrible!?

Bought a package and were not offered any type of discount or anything for playing totally burnt greens!

No reason to ever play here again!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

DO NOT PLAY HERE LION'S PAW

GREENS ARE TOTALLY UNPLAYABLE. Give me greens that are aerated and sanded. What a joke these greens were. I would have to rank them in the worst condition I ever played. DO NOT waste your time or money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played

Very Average

Everything about Ocean Ridge Plantation presents itself as being very high end. However, I thought it was very average for the area. First the good. The staff was extremely friendly. My brother in law had won a free round of golf here. However he left the certificate at our hotel. The pro shop allowed him to get his wife to text him a picture of the certificate and still use it. That in my opinion was extremely kind. The greens were also in decent shape. They rolled pretty smooth and at a good speed. Other than that I thought the course was very average. The tees and fairways both had some burnt out spots. There were also several weeds around in both of those areas. The bunkers had little sand in them. They were extremely hard packed and made getting out of them difficult. The rough also was burnt out in some spots. And hadn't been mown in others. In areas that were mown the mower blades were uneven and the grass was cut at different heights. Overall, if you could get a cheap round here I'd go play because the layout isn't bad. However, there are so many options in the area that I probably wouldn't return unless conditions improved.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Good time, great course, but rude staff

First of all, let me say that of all four of the Big Cat courses, my group and I enjoyed this one the most (there were 12 of us). Awesome time on the links. When I went inside to get a breakfast sandwich before the round, the old lady working the counter was very rude and actually complained that there were too many of us. Again, there were only 12 of us. I decided not to give her any of my money and went on out to the course. Loved the conditions, the layout, and the overall experience. There were some LONG par 3s that made for an interesting day.

If Leopard's Chase had the smooth rolling greens of Lion's Paw, it would have been the winner of the four cats, but the award goes to Lion's Paw!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Unsatisfied Experience due to condition of greens

Everyone has been to a golf course where maybe due to weather, or some other issues, the greens are not as good as they should be. And as a golfer, I can understand this happens. Well, on April 1 2016, I played Lions Paw with a group of others at 8:30 tee time. My biggest complaint is that the greens were in such poor shape that I thought they were unplayable (compared to other courses I have played in the area). Crows foot and poana made up the majority of the greens resulting in a very unsatisfying experience. The other issue was that we teed off at 8:30 am and the greens had been sprayed with fertilizer which included a "blue dye". This dye bled into towels, clothes and golf equipment.

Having said all of that, I did approach pro shop staff with my issue, and they were pleasant and understanding, but without a solution. I believe that when you plan a golf getaway (3 days) the courses should advise of temporary problems/issues or make efforts to compensate the golfers who chose this course not knowing of the conditions.

This particular place (Ocean Ridge Plantation) has four courses, and could have offered to switch our group of 14 players to another course out of courtesy, but did not, and did not mention how terrible the greens were.

Overall, Ocean Ridge Plantation is a beautiful residential area, and offers several courses to play but I would definitely recommend researching the course conditions prior to making a tee time.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Dont waste your valuable time or Money here

With so many good options to play in Myrtle Beach don't waste your time here. The Pro shop was less than accommodating and doesn't understand that we all have many other good options for golf in Myrtle beach. The course is in poor condition and the cart paths are in disrepair. The greens have a poa invasion and are tough to putt. We walked off after 9 holes.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Lions Paw

Played in the morning on a week day dew sweeper round. Great fun if you can keep your drive in the fairway, you will have descent looks at the green. Sets up good for drawer of the golf ball. First time on Mini Verde greens, different from what im used to but they were smooth and were in perfect condition. Greens firmed up throughout the day after being rolled. Some long(ish) par 3's , cool setups. Fairways were descent , some bald spots, overall fun course for descent price

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Lions Paw, a bit tame

This course is OK, but definitely the up market solute it is portrayed to be. Poor sand traps show under investment. It's not really that challenging. But the major issue was the handling of the check in for guests, it takes forever. It needed 2 people behind the counter, and the one guy on his own was terse and had very few customer service skills. The way in which your booking system works in really not my problem.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice Course - Rough Spring

The was the first of four courses I played in this family of courses. All in all, the course was in very good condition. However, the winter and spring weather created some serious issues for the greens. The staff were taking the necessary steps to recover them, but unfortunately, it was the week I scheduled to play. Nevertheless, the greens were still playable and the rest of the experience was very good. However, two of the staff were playing in a foursome in front of us and while we were a twosome, they never offered to let us play through. As a result, we had to wait on every shot for most of the round. In addition, the attitude of the staff at the Lions Paw/Panthers Run (both courses operate our of the same club house) was certainly less friendly and helpful than those at the other two courses.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

Pawed by the Lion, Again

I first played Lion's Paw the fall of its opening year. This was my first return but will not be my last. This is a memory enhancing course; I could recall many of the holes and much to my surprise, there are a great many more homes than I remember. The course is a fine layout which introduces more water features than homeowner boundaries. You have to go wildly sideways to set foot onto private property; no so with the water hazards and natural areas. The fairways were over seeded with winter rye grass and by this time I am sure they have a green tint as opposed to the grayish brown of dormant Bermuda. The greens however are ' mini verde', smooth and fast. Bunkers strategically frame most of the greens and are well maintained. The staff are exceptional at their duties and treat each guest as a member. I like to say upon my last visit to the "Big Cats" of Ocean Ridge Plantation, the Tiger saw me coming, the Panther ran me down and the Lion pawed me to no end. Luckily I was not Chased by the Leopard nor did the Jaguar Leap upon me. However, I do intend to give those cats a try on my next visit to Ocean Isle, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice track

Nice track. Great clubhouse. Fair course. Cart paths need redoing.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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