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3.6
35
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Staff Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.9
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.2
Layout
4.4
66.8%
Recommend this course
28 out of 35 reviews
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3.6
35
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
1
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0
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2
1 Stars
2
Staff Friendliness
3.3
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.7
Conditions
2.3
Value
2.2
Layout
4.2
33.3%
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2 out of 6 reviews
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35
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4
1 Stars
2
Staff Friendliness
3.6
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.6
Conditions
2.9
Value
2.5
Layout
4.2
45.5%
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5 out of 11 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7126
Slope 139
Rating 73.8
Type Public/Resort
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7126 yards 73.8 139
Blue 72 6812 yards 72.3 128
White 72 6375 yards 71.1 123
Black (W) 72 5736 yards 67.2 112
Green (W) 72 4995 yards 69.5 115
Scorecard for True Blue
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 74.7/141 624 367 190 548 433 404 176 382 548 3672 599 184 407 410 158 602 208 449 437 3454 7126
Blue M: 73.2/138 600 342 160 523 424 393 164 363 532 3501 584 149 387 397 154 590 205 426 419 3311 6812
White M: 70.9/133 W: 77.4/141 499 316 141 493 396 383 151 341 517 3237 559 130 371 381 138 577 181 395 406 3138 6375
Black M: 68.5/125 W: 74.0/132 444 271 116 438 362 351 135 314 491 2922 476 124 304 372 134 522 165 370 347 2814 5736
Green M: 64.9/113 W: 69.4/123 400 254 103 417 328 228 100 251 383 2464 421 119 244 330 108 502 147 351 309 2531 4995
Handicap 1 11 15 5 13 9 17 7 3 8 18 10 14 16 4 12 2 6
Par 5 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 5 37 5 3 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 35 72

Course Details

Year Built 1998
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Tif Eagle Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Mike Strantz (1998) Tyler Rae

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes - "The Steve Dresser Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted All Major, Cash and Traveler's Checks
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper Golf attire, no denim on golf course.

Best of Lists

  • Golf Advisor: Ginella's Top 50 U.S. Courses You Can Play (2016 #41) (2015 #42)
  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in South Carolina (2016 #20)

Reviews

3.6
35

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Dinner 2
Drinks 2
Patio Dining 2
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 3
Bunkers 2
Plays Long 2
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 4
Advanced Golfers 4
Group Getaways 3
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 3
At a Resort 1
In the 'Burbs 1
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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Loved this course

We played this course on the recommendation of Matt Ginella. We got a "bounce back" rate for having played the sister course Caledonia earlier in the week. We loved it so much we played 36 holes despite how hot it was! The food was very good and the beer was cheap. This a difficult course but so worth playing!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Very poor conditions and a poor value

We have played True Blue for years and have always liked the course. Understanding that MB had a rough winter, this course is in terrible condition. Bare greens, dirt tee boxes, weeds everywhere, etc. Much of the poor conditions were not weather related, it appeared as if the staff was not even trying. We played three other courses this trip in MB and all were in much better shape (and cost about half the price of True Blue). I hope they get their act together as this is a great course, but given the current conditions, I would not consider what we did at True Blue this week as golf
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Should be better

Very disappointed with experience. Bag staff was absent , then rude. Conditions poor for what i was expecting being a top tier course. Great layout, great service in pro shop and tavern.
Staff Friendliness Poor
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Resting on its laurels, not living up to ranking

Every April/May for the last 5 years, my golf buddies and I make our pilgrimage to Myrtle Beach to kick off the golf season. Each year we rotate the course selection, always pulling in a mix of the top ranked courses to get the full experience, and unfortunately, this year True Blue was on the list. Run any search of top courses in Myrtle Beach, and True Blue resides as a Top 5 or 10 pick. That ranking is a farce, because the course we played was no where near the quality to be expected for this area and price point. Pulling into a packed clubhouse, there was no one at the bag drop area to help or check us in. As we stand around the starter area, there are approximately a dozen groups all waiting around with the same confusion and frustration. When I finally find a staff member to ask whats going on, he tells me they are a little behind, maybe 30-35 minutes. Personally, when I am paying close to $200 for a tee time, I expect the course to be running a tight ship. We go to tee off 30 minutes after our reservation, and are dismayed to see the tee boxes, fairway, and green are all burnt out and in severe disrepair. More than half the greens were painted, and infested with what looked like poa annua. This was billed as the top course this year, and was easily the worst of the ones played (Heritage, TPC MB, Kings West, Prestwick). Bottom line- if you are looking for a top tier course, look elsewhere. This course is not run or kept in any condition that could possibly justify what they are charging.
Staff Friendliness Fair
Pace of Play Fair
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Fair
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

poa annua

Played here in a foursome. Noticed warming up on the putting green the Green was infested with Poa annua. I asked the guys loading clubs were all the greens like the putting green. He said 3 or 4. Well he was wrong. 75% of the green have so much poa annua in the green that putting was impossible. The tees had very little grass and we were hitting off of dirt. The fairways were overseeded but very lightly as lie were very tight. For a price of $150 I expected a much better conditioned course. We will not play here again or recommend to anyone.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Fair
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great design - rewarding experience.

Not much needs to be said, but this is a must play if staying in the area. The course is incredibly challenging but not overly punishing. Conditions for this time of year were good, not outstanding, but very good. Highly recommend. Every par 3 was sceninc and challenging - and most par 5s were incredibly long but again, very rewarding. Excellent design.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played
Used cart

Myrtle Beach at Its Best!

True Blue is one of those courses that, after you get a taste of it, you just want more. The course is one of only a handful of Mike Stranz courses; in fact, there are two here, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club being the other. True Blue is built on the site of a once thriving indigo and rice plantation. Stranz was more than a golf course architect, he was a golf course artist. His courses seem to blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings. True Blue seems to rise out of the ground like a Phoenix rising from the ashes; it’s also one of the most creative golf courses you will ever play. Stranz’ creativity in design requires creativity in your shot making as you make your way around a course that has incorporated salt marshes, wetlands and maritime forests of twisting live oaks and pine trees into the layout creating memories that are one of a kind. True Blue Golf Club was Mike Strantz’s fourth signature golf course, and opened to rave reviews in February 1998. Caledonia opened in 1994 and shortly after True Blue opened, Stranz was named “Architect of the Year” by Golf World. The course is not without its share of notoriety, being ranked 77th on Golf Magazine's Top 100 Public Courses in America list and 6th best public course in South Carolina. Golf Digest has also seen fit to rank True Blue the 29th best course in South Carolina (8th among public courses) and gave it 4 ½ stars for “Places to Play”. But this course is not just for the guys; Golf for Women Magazine recognized True Blue as one of the country’s Top 100 Courses for Women. The course is an absolute must-play for any golfer visiting Myrtle Beach. Sand is a legitimate concern at True Blue as it figures into every hole on the course, and some of it will penalize you severely. Technically, there are no bunkers; every grain of sand out here is considered a waste area. It’s packed down in many areas so, unless you’re adept at hitting off your kitchen table, it can be a little tricky. Feel free to ground away, take some practice swings, even drive the cart through it; whatever you have to do to get the ball on the green. Because that’s when the fun starts! Most golfers have never experienced greens like this before in their lives. They are some of the most unique sizes and shapes around. And, unlike designers who like to bury elephants in their greens, Stranz relies on lengthy angular greens - many slanting from back to front - putting an emphasis on slope and speed for longer putts. True Blue offers a set of tees to fit everyone’s game. When in doubt, play the shorter set, you’ll have more fun. Bit off more than you can chew out here and you could be in for a long day. The Back/Gold Tees measure 7,126 yards with a course rating of 74.5 and a 138 slope. Most golfers will find that the White Tees (6,375 yards/71.1/132) will give them all the golf they can handle and still leave with a little dignity. Of course, that part depends on how you fare on Number 18, more on that in a minute. Seniors typically play from the Black Tees (5,736/68.2/123) while ladies will enjoy themselves from the Green Tees (4,995/69.3/125). Here are a few of the most memorable holes: Favorite Par 3: number 3, 141 yards (White Tees). This hole can make or break your round early on. Depending on the pin position there can be a 25-yard difference between front and back. The hole plays a lot tougher with the pin in front because the landing area is smaller. Also, if the pin’s up front and you hit it short or long, you’re in the bunker, which sits well below the putting surface. Regardless of pin position, it’s all carry over water and sand to an island green. If the pin is in the back, play to the right of the hole and let the ball funnel down towards it. Par is a good score here. This is a good display of Mike Stranz the artist. Favorite Par 4: Number 18, 406 Yards. Stranz has indeed saved the best for last. Water is in play all the way down the left side and the fairway slopes off on the right into a large waste bunker. It’s 200+ yards to carry the bunker just across the water and if you can find the middle of the fairway off the tee, you’re halfway there. Play your approach shot into a long narrow green that angles back left to front right and slopes down towards the water which protects the entire left side. Once you get on the green the fun begins as onlookers from the clubhouse porch cheer and jeer your efforts. This may be as close as you ever get to playing in front of a gallery so relish the moment. Favorite Par 5: Number 1, 499 yards (White Tees). For my money, True Blue starts you out with the best hole on the course and builds from there. Waste bunkers frame the left side of the fairway on this long dogleg left, leading up to a creek in front of a well elevated green, meaning you’ll have to use an aerial approach. For most players it’s a three-shot hole because of the creek. To complicate matters, there’s a bunker that wraps around most of the green which is very narrow, yet receptive. A good-looking golf hole that can be tamed. Best Chance for a Low Number: Number 4. Par 5, 493 yards. A low number can be had with two good shots back-to-back as long as you’re willing to risk it. A well struck drive in the neighborhood of 250 yards that finds the middle or left side of the fairway will leave a second shot of around 220 yards into the green. Here’s where the risk comes in: it’s all carry over water with sand catching anything left or right of the putting surface. It’s one of the smaller greens on the course but receptive to long approach shots. Whatever you do, avoid the pot bunker to the right of the green; it’s a tough up and down. Go for it; you didn’t come here to lay up! Last Word: True Blue certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the best golf courses in South Carolina. The late Mike Stranz sure did himself proud. Other than the par 3s, most of the holes are doglegs, some of which are created by the presence of the waste bunkers. This places an emphasis on distance and direction control. Spend too time in the waste bunkers and you’ll wish you went to the beach. A lot of the rough is cut just slightly longer than the fairway which tends to let the ball roll more, which can be both good and bad. Many of the fairways are framed by waste bunkers, which adds to the natural beauty of the course. As a whole, the course is challenging without being overly taxing. It will make you play every club in your bag, and play them well. Also, there are some pretty significant elevation changes (+/- a club or two) which is unique for this part of the state True Blue has some pretty impressive practice facilities too. Range balls are included with your greens fees and it’s highly advised that you hit all the balls they give you. There are a number of targets at varying distances so you can hit every club in your bag. Be sure to practice your bunker play; if you can make it around this course without having to play out of the sand, you’ve accomplished something! Inside the clubhouse you will find a pro shop packed with all kinds of logoed gear from top apparel companies and some new up and comers. The True Blue Grillroom serve up all of you favorite post-golf libations as well as some authentic Lowcountry food. Breakfast is served from 7 am – 10:30 AM and lunch is available from 11 am – 3 pm. True Blue is a proud member of the Waccamaw Golf Trail.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Get the yardage/tips book -- play on a dry day

Played the day after a night full of rain, so perceptions may be skewed by the fact that the course was cart paths only -- made for a long day, with all the extra walking and playing out of wet sand traps (of which there were many). Staff members were VERY friendly and welcoming - and apologetic for the cart path only conditions. As a first time player here, I wish we had thought to get a yardage and tips booklet. Had a GPS, but it didn't do justice in showing us important areas to hit to and away from -- several holes we would have played totally differently with the benefit of more course knowledge (and several which led enexpectedly big scores on holes). We started on #10, an especially tough beginning hole if you have never played the course -- even more so if it is wet! And, starting on the back nine exposes you to some tough sand conditions early in your round, before you have the chance to settle in. If you have your choice, ask to start on the front nine. Lots of interesting holes, with both nines having strong and memorable closing holes. Nice veranda overlooking the 18th green to relax and have a beer, after your round.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Disappointed to say the least

I played this course 10 ten years ago and was impressed with the course design and condition then. I even recommended it to a friend for our annual out-of-town golf trip this year. We were both disappointed with the condition of the course (e..g., teeing grounds not moved recently and eaten up) and waste areas and traps (both in need of sand) and the golf carts (no GPS) and the amenities one would expect from a supposedly premium course charging a premium rate (such as towels, ice and bottled water in the carts). It was as if management had decided not to spend money on maintenance for years, as if the course had been resting on its reputation for far too long. The staff were few in number, as if management was trying to economize on this front also. They were polite but not friendly or personable. True Blue is definitely no longer worth the kind of money we paid as out-of-town guests. I would not recommend it to others or return there myself. If you are looking for a much more positively memorable golfing experience in the Pawley's Island area, try the nearby Caledonia Golf & Fish Club instead!
Staff Friendliness Fair
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Fair
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Garbage

$100 to golf this atrocity. $40 maybe. Under water bc it rained over night. Cart paths only. Which were sand. Dramatically overrated - if ur from western PA you have already golfed many courses better for $40-$50.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Poor
Course Layout Average

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