Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

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4.3
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.9
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39 out of 44 reviews
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4.0
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
100.0%
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2 out of 2 reviews
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4.3
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4.0
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4.2
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4.0
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4.0
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4.5
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private/Resort
Par 72
Length 7031
Slope 148
Rating 75.7
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Golden Bear 72 7031 yards 75.7 148
Blue Heron 72 6549 yards 73.7 144
White Egret 72 6184 yards 72.0 139
Yellow Finch 72 5560 yards 69.2 132
Yellow Finch (W) 72 5560 yards 72.7 130
Red Tail Hawk (W) 72 4932 yards 70.1 122
Red Tail Hawk 72 4932 yards 66.0 119
Scorecard for Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Golden M: 75.7/148 511 461 194 543 390 432 172 452 416 3571 361 563 382 150 525 391 444 201 443 3460 7031
Blue M: 73.7/144 495 441 170 498 371 391 151 419 387 3323 330 548 345 136 495 374 423 173 402 3226 6549
White M: 72.0/139 484 408 162 468 353 382 131 387 358 3133 301 542 331 115 471 364 405 150 372 3051 6184
Yellow M: 69.2/132 W: 72.7/130 426 354 145 450 322 367 124 361 351 2900 278 442 309 69 446 313 360 122 321 2660 5560
Red M: 66.8/119 W: 70.1/122 395 314 125 419 272 322 112 286 310 2555 249 373 269 40 409 281 322 117 317 2377 4932
Handicap 15 1 11 13 5 7 17 3 9 10 6 18 12 14 8 2 16 4
Par 5 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 36 4 5 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 1 15 7 5 9 17 3 13 6 14 12 18 4 10 2 16 8

Course Details

Year Built 1988
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Tif Eagle Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1988)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Reviews

4.3
44

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Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 6

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Always good to return to a great love

It's hard not to be biased in favor of Pawleys Plantation, because it's a course I grew up playing. The Jack Nicklaus Signature design is one of the strongest in the Myrtle Beach area, but it is showing its 30 years. Greens have shrunk, fairways have pinched in and bunkers have risen against the edges of many greens, making an already difficult - though scenic, especially on the marshy back nine - brutal for many golfers.

It is in nice shape, but hopefully Jack Nicklaus' recent visit to the course will prompt management to put some money toward the project of returning it to its original design. When that happens, it will no longer be merely solid, but one of the Grand Strand's best courses.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice conditions

Played my second pre-World Am round at Pawley's. Overall course conditions were good. No complaints. Nice views on lots of holes. Staff was helpful and friendly. Played in afternoon so pace of play was never an issue.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful views

Sadly we played the day after a major rainstorm so the course was pretty wet especially the greens that I could tell were slower than normal.

Beautiful views throughout and a fantastic layout. Challenging course but multiple tees for all skill levels.

Definitely return to play next time in the area.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

24 Kansas City guys

Course is one of our favorite because of the variety of holes in and around the marshes. Have been coming back here off and on for 25 years.

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

Brand name

Not a horrible course. Not quite comfortable saying it's worth the $75 and our group of 6 agreed. I understand that courses here are in transition so won't comment on that. But can say that as of Wednesday it isn't $75 worth. Ok layout, marsh on the back side, tree lined on the front. A couple trees in the fairway. No GPS but the carts do have a ball washer and club washer on them, also, no USB plugs on the carts for your electronics. Overall, I think the price is worth more because of Jack Nicholas's name but your not playing with Jack just playing a golf course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Pawleys Plantation

Played here early morning to beat a weather front moving in.

Each player receives a bag of range balls (approximately 30) to warm up at the range prior to play. Range was in good condition and also has a chipping and putting area beside the range.

The course is currently in excellent condition, tee to green the course is plush other than the rough still being dormant.

Course can be challenging and has subtle nuances that playing multiple times would help recognize.

Our group will definitely be returning!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Super nice.

Staff was extremely friendly. Course was in great shape. They teamed me up with some members, very nice folks. Had an awesome day. Will be looking forward to going back. Practice facility was super.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Waited a long time to play here and think there are many better.

Because this course is so far away (hr) from where I stay I normally pass. I decided this year to play all new course and I started with this one. The good; Back nine layout, pace of play, practice area, fairways, price. The bad; its July but back nine greens had some sand on them; some traps had tire tracks in them, I would play this if under 70 bucks and are in that area. Not worth the drive from NMB. True Blue MUCH better. Didn't hate it just over-hyped.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Pawleys Plantation – Something Special from Jack Nicklaus

Plantation Golf & Country Club is one of those courses you can play over and over again and never have the same shot twice; that’s what makes it such an enjoyable course. Jack would have it no other way.

Pawley’s Plantation is a championship, par 72 course that measures 7,031 yards from the back tees, yet the most memorable hole on the course is a mere 115 yards long. More on that later. From the back tees, the course carries a course rating of 75.7 and slope of 148. Most golfers will find that the White/Egret Tees (6,184/72.0/139) will give them as much golf course as they can handle. Five sets of tee boxes give golfers of all levels of ability the chance to enjoy this Lowcountry classic.

The course is not without its share of notoriety; Golf World named it one the state’s top 30 courses in 2009 and 2010. Golf Digest has awarded the course 4 stars as one of its “Places to Play” and Zagat has called Pawleys Plantation one of “America’s Top Courses”.

The front nine winds its way through pine and hardwood forests and features several tree-lined fairways; others use beautiful lakes to frame the border. Massive sand bunkers are prevalent on several holes. The back nine is a different story as several holes extend out into the saltwater marsh and offer fantastic views of the surrounding area. Rest assured that because of your location, the prevailing winds will be a factor. Two hundred-year-old moss-draped oak trees come into play on several holes, most notably on number 14, where “Jack’s Tree” sits in the middle of the fairway near his old house.

For the most part, landing areas are generous; and the green complexes are nothing less than you would expect from a Jack Nicklaus design. The TifEagle hybrid Bermuda grass greens are large with subtle undulations and run-offs typically associated with Nicklaus courses. They putt fast and true.

It’s not often that the par 3 holes add the most excitement to a round, but at Pawleys Plantation that is certainly the case; all showcase water, sand or both. Ask anyone – including those that have taken a double or better – what hole they remember most and they will undoubtedly say number 13. This hole plays 115 yards from the White Tees and is every bit as much of a test as #17 at Sawgrass. Locals have dubbed it “The Shortest Par 5 on the Grand Strand”. To get to the tee, you drive from the 12th green across a causeway, past the 17th tee box, and stop about ¾ of the way across. The tees for 13 and 17 are built into the causeway; 17 is a par 3 that plays 150 yards, over a saltwater marsh to a green that is a lot wider than it is deep. It too is a tough hole.

Anyway, back to 13. The tee box is elevated above the marsh and if you are afraid of heights (like me), it can be quite the extra challenge. The hole is bulk-headed to the marsh and there is zero room for error. Your tee shot is complicated by the prevailing wind and very rarely plays the stated yardage. The 13th green and the 16th green are one and the bunkers around the 13th green catch any errant shots that the water does not. This hole truly lives up to its billing. There’s a 5 on my scorecard and that’s being generous! If you look down into the saltwater marshes at low tide, you can see where others have tried – and failed – too.

The second hole is rated the #1 handicap hole and is very demanding; even more so because it is only the second hole. At 408 yards from the White Tees, it takes two good shots to get on in regulation. There’s water to the far left and sand to the immediate left of the large undulating green. Par is a very good score here.

Mr. Nicklaus thinks Number 10 is one of the nicest holes on the course and I tend to agree. If you play a hybrid or long iron off the tee and leave it short of the large fairway bunker on the right side, you’ll have an approach shot of less than 130 yards. Should you decide to play left of the bunker, you can get your approach distance down to about 80 yards. Either way, you’ll have an approach shot over water to a long, narrow green bulk-headed in front and well bunkered on either side. This is a great thinking man’s hole!

As you can tell from the slope rating, Pawleys Plantation is not an easy course. Jack Nicklaus’ philosophy has always been that golf is “a game of precision as well as power” and nowhere is that more evident than here. From the tree-lined fairways on the front to the marsh-laden back nine, Pawleys Plantation keeps you guessing. You’ll need to hit it long and straight on some holes and finesse it onto the putting surface on others. Thankfully, Pawleys Plantation provides each golfer with a yardage book.

A good course is not complete without a good 19th hole and the Palmetto Pub raises the bar when it comes to your typical clubhouse fare. In addition to your favorite clubhouse food and libations, they have an outstanding food menu with some nice surprises. The night we were there, the special was a 12oz NY Strip steak, cooked the way you like it, served with salad, potato and vegetable. Their She Crab Soup and homemade chili also hit the spot.

Because of its location, Pawleys Plantation is a popular spot for weddings, with a scenic and private location overlooking the 18th green. Pawleys’ professional event planning staff and executed chef Leon Nesbit can help put together an event that you will remember for a lifetime.

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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course

Everything about this course was great. Fairways, Greens...great shape. Played early in the morning so greens got faster as the day heated up. Never seen anything like Hole #13. Wouldn't want every course I play to have a par 3 like this one...but man was it cool. Only negative of the day was the mosquitos. Got eaten alive. Bring bug spray!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Most underrated course on the grand strand

Pawleys is such a beautiful challenging course. It's always in great shape. The greens are quick and true so you can make putts. The course is somewhat tight and the wind always blows out there. I feel it's the toughest test of golf on the grand strand. 13, 14, 16, 17, and 18 will test all of your shot hitting capabilities.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Always great to "go home again"

I grew up spending summers in Pawleys Island, and lived there from 2011 to 2014, so I've played Pawleys Plantation hundreds of times, and it holds a dear spot in my heart. Make no mistake - this late-80s Jack Nicklaus layout is extremely demanding, but the beauty of the back-nine holes on the marsh typically helps one's worries melt away. An upgrade in conditioning would take the facility to the upper echelon of Grand Strand golf.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Great Golf

This is the prettiest course I've played. Beautiful surroundings. Back nine runs through marsh very scenic . Course was in great shape. Greens excellent, played in under 4 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Tough Course in Rough Shape

Let's start with this; the course is tough. There is trouble all over the place. If you miss the fairway, you're in a waste bunker; if you miss the waste bunker, you're in the water; if you miss both, you're OB. Certainly one of the most difficult courses in Myrtle Beach, but worth playing. The fairways were in rough shape, but the greens were perfect. We didn't see a brown spot all day. The back nine was really cool as it was cut out of, and in some cases constructed within, the marsh of Pawley's Island. We played with two guys who play there a lot and they said the bugs are usually awful there. Today they weren't bad, but with all the marsh on the course I believe it could be bad sometimes. Overall, if you play well the course rewards you, but if you make mistakes your score will reflect that.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Pawleys is on a beautiful piece of land

I've played Pawleys a few times, I've noticed they always suffer from sub par conditioning. But this most recent day at pawleys was great, the greens were in the best shape I've seen them. Fairways were good for the most part with a few exceptions. This course plays as 2 different courses basically, but it somehow fits into one. The front 9 is pure low country golf and the design is solid. It is a very enjoyable 9 holes but when you take the turn, the views become spectacular. The back 9 seems as though the holes were already there before Jack touched them. On a windy day, these holes along the salt marsh will do quite a number on your scorecard. This is definitely one of the tougher courses on the South Strand. This is definitely a course I could play regularly and is easily in my top 10 area courses.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

P Poor Pawleys

Well, they did get the greens back in shape, alas, they forgot about the rest of the course. Fairways and tee boxes were in horrible shape.Played a course down the road and it was miles ahead of this one in terms of condition.When a course is in this condition they should offer a discount.The 17th is a 70 yd 3 if you can believe that. Stay away.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Horrendous GREENS

First time playing this course. Love Jack designs, great layout but this course is unplayable. Complete joke that they are charging people to play. Greens are dead with a Fungas but they don't tell you when you book time. Will never play again!!! Save your money don't waste your time.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Avoid

Pawleys was the most disappointing course our group played all week. The greens were awful. According to the unfriendly marshall they lost them back in October. The strange thing is that the other 4 courses we played which were within 7 miles didn't have this problem. The marshall seemed aggravated at our complaints and offered no apologies only admonished us to pick up the pace even though we were waiting every hole.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

A Nice Friendly Course

This course is a nice course, not overly hard. It has several challenging holes. The greens for February were surprising nice, putts rolled out smoothly. It was very wet due to extreme storms prior to our trip so the fairways were soft with some standing water on some holes. Considering the fact there were tornado watch's the day before the course was in great shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Great Value

Look forward to playing here as often as possible. Great character and for me quite challenging - particularly the back nine. Unfortunately, got stuck behind a "fivesome" on the back nine which slow down all groups to a frustrating crawl. No Rangers or anyone "in charge" was around as I guess all the bosses went home for the afternoon. Anyway, highly recommend when the get the pace of play organized a bit better.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
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