Golf Course Review: The River Club at Litchfield Beach

She’s right as rain there; it seems like you’re always feathering a short-iron over a bunker onto the green. It doesn’t seem to matter what angle you’re approaching from – there’s a bunker in your face, daring you to show some touch after that boomer you just hit. Good wedge players will giggle like schoolchildren here.

The River Club is one of the Myrtle Beach National collection on the south Strand, along with the Litchfield Country Club and Willbrook Plantation. The River Club’s fairways are much more open than Litchfield, with its narrow, tree-lined fairways. And the River Club doesn’t have quite the old-time, picturesque beauty of Willbrook, set in the marshy Waccamaw River basin.

But, it does have its attractions. Like Litchfield, its fairways are tree-lined with oak and pine, with homes in the quiet neighborhood set back off the fairways, and out of bounds protecting them from inaccurate, marauding golfers. It’s on relatively flat terrain, with only some fairways displaying good movement.

Myrtle Beach River Club

The closing hole is a very good one, named one of the top holes on the Grand Strand by the Sun News. The 518-yard par 5 wraps around a lake, providing birdie and even eagle opportunities for the big slamma-jammas. If you’re merely mortal, you’re looking at two water carries, the second one to the green being particularly treacherous.

It’s still a picturesque course, dotted with lakes and ponds.

The River Club, a Tom Jackson design opened in 1985, is considered one of the first plantation clubs in the area, before the opening of more heralded courses like Caledonia, True Blue or Tradition in the south Strand.

Its star attractions are the greens, which all had A1 bentgrass installed several years ago. Bentgrass is known for its pure roll, though it can be susceptible to scorching summer heat. In early November, though, the greens were in great shape.

It was actually harder when it was new, and officials filled in 10-15 bunkers to tone it down a bit; don’t worry, there are still plenty of bunkers to negotiate, particularly those high-lipped devils around the greens. It is particularly favored by women, as is Willbrook.

Green fees range from $65 to $115 depending on the season and time of day, with various discounts available.

Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is at the southern end of the Grand Strand, a great place to play the south courses. It’s affiliated with three courses, the Litchfield Country Club, River Club and Willbrook Plantation. The latter two in particular are excellent layouts. There’s a racquet club and fitness center at the resort. Click HERE for information on Lakeside Villas at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort

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