Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 4
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Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 4
Brick ruins decorate the fourth hole of the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - 6th
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Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - 6th
Ruins sit near the sixth green of the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 5
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Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 5
The fifth is the no. 1 handicap hole on the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 9
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Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 9
It's a long blast to reach the par-3 ninth green on the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - 10th
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Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - 10th
Bunkers guard the 10th green of the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - 11th
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Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - 11th
The 11th hole on the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf looks beautiful in the morning light. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 14
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Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 14
Ponds make the par-4 14th hole on the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf a challenge. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 18
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Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 18
It's a dramatic watery finish on the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 6
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Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love Course - hole 6
The ruins make the sixth hole a cool setting on the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love course - hole 4
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Barefoot Resort & Golf - Love course - hole 4
The flag on the fourth green of the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf waves in the wind through the window of the manufactured ruins of an old plantation. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

You'll love the Love Course at the Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- 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 (by Pete Dye) and prettier than the Norman Course (by Greg Norman). The Fazio Course (by Tom Fazio) might be its equal -- or even a shade better -- but the Davis Love III design counters with some interesting nuances and maximum playability.

Love constantly challenges players off the tee with cross-bunkers, like those on no. 7, and even bunkers in the fairway, like that giant pit in the middle of the eighth fairway. Split fairways come into play at the par-5 13th and par-4 16th.

What everybody remembers most are the recreated ruins of an old plantation home near the fourth and sixth greens. An ivy-covered brick wall runs so close to the back of the fourth green that shots can easily bounce back onto the putting surface.

The 296-yard fourth hole plays as the shortest hole along the Grand Strand, so it's reachable with one mighty blast. Any good score there can easily disappear on the 463-yard fifth hole, regarded as the toughest par 4 on the course. The brick plantation walls and pillars show up again near the sixth green. It's a memorable stretch of golf on a cool course.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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