Golf in Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island is the yin to Myrtle Beach’s yang.

Myrtle Beach offers a more raucous scene and easy access to everything the area has to offer. In contrast, Pawleys Island is a much more understated experience, relying on casual charm and the virtues of a quiet evening.

Willbrook is an outstanding golf course in Pawleys IslandThe appeal of Pawleys Island’s laid back vibe is enhanced significantly by several of America’s best golf courses being located within a Dustin Johnson drive of one another.

Pawleys was ranked one of America’s best golf islands, and the area’s on-course offerings are anchored by Caledonia and True Blue, both ranked among Golf Magazine’s Top 100 You Can Play, Heritage Club and Pawleys Plantation. Pawleys is home to some of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses.

Both Mike Strantz designs, True Blue and Caledonia offer completely different yet equally compelling designs. Caledonia, No. 24 among the Top 100 You Can Play, is a masterful design that is impeccably maintained – think of playing golf in a botanical garden. The soaring live oak trees draped in Spanish moss provided an ideal canvas for Strantz to carve his masterpiece.

True Blue is a modern design with expansive fairways framed by waste bunkers and mammoth greens. It’s a terrific course that is certainly worthy of being ranked the 77th best public course in America.

Many golfers will argue that Heritage is the area’s best course – it has been ranked as high as No. 33 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses – and it’s a position that is easy to defend. Playing on property that oozes lowcountry South Carolina charm, Heritage is a beautiful design.

Pawleys Plantation is a Jack Nicklaus design that is as beautiful as it is challenging. Four of the final nine holes play along a saltwater marsh that separates Pawleys Island from the mainland. The 13th hole, a devilishly short par 3, is one of area’s most recognizable one-shotters

While those four courses attract the majority of the national attention, they are hardly alone in their quality. Founders Club, with waste bunkers framing every fairway, is one of the area’s most creative designs. The course quietly but comfortably took its place among some of the nation’s best courses upon its 2008 opening.

Willbrook, Litchfield Country Club, River Club and Tradition Club, located in the Litchfield Beach section of Pawleys Island, are big part of what makes the area so special. The quartet flies under the proverbial radar but provide an outstanding golf experience.

Litchfield is an old-school design, featuring tree-lined fairways, an abundance of doglegs, and, by modern standards, smallish greens. If you value classic golf course architecture, it’s a must-play.

Ironically, River Club doesn’t play along a river, but there is ample water on this beauty. The 14th, an island green par 3, and 18th, a great risk-reward par 5, have been ranked among Myrtle Beach’s top 100 holes and form the backbone of an outstanding track.

Tradition Club, as the name suggests, is a tip of the cap to the game’s classic parkland designs. But don’t in anyway confuse tradition with boring or ordinary. Architect Ron Garl crafted a course that pays homage to the game’s roots while also including a little excitement, primarily in the form of a pair of island greens, the par 4 seventh and par 3 15th.

Willbrook is one of the area’s most underrated courses. The live oak trees and lowcountry property combined with the work of Dan Maples make Willbrook an outstanding round of golf. If you have the opportunity to play it, do so and thank me later.

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Mega Golf Management Merger

The two largest golf course ownership and management companies on the Grand Strand are merging, creating one of the 15 largest course management companies in the nation and a juggernaut in the area golf market.

Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management and Myrtle Beach National Company have signed a letter of intent to combine their golf assets and become equal partners in a new company that has yet to be named.

Myrtle Beach National currently owns 10 of the 14 courses it manages, while B&C Golf Management, a subsidiary of Burroughs & Chapin Company Inc., owns five of the 10 courses it manages.

  • Myrtlewood PineHills

    Myrtlewood Palmetto

    Pine Lakes Country Club

    Grande Dunes Resort Course

    Members Club at Grande Dunes (private)


    Tidewater Plantation & Golf

    River Hills Golf & Country Club

    Arcadian Shores Golf Club

    Farmstead Golf Links

    Meadowlands Golf Club


    Owned and managed

    MBN King’s North

    MBN Southcreek

    MBN West

    Aberdeen Country Club

    Long Bay Club

    Waterway Hills Golf Club

    River Club

    Litchfield Country Club

    Willbrook Plantation

    Pawleys Plantation


    Blackmoor Golf Club

    Wild Wing Plantation

    Tradition Club

    Wachesaw Plantation East

“We believe with the strength of this new venture that represents the best of both companies, it will give us some growth opportunities and give us a greater opportunity to get the message out about the golf offerings Myrtle Beach has,” said Jim Apple, B&C president and chief executive officer.

MBN Chief Executive Officer Matthew Brittain said due diligence still has to be done and the merger may not be consummated for “a couple months.”

Though both companies own other entities in the golf industry, including hotels and golf package companies, the merger only involves courses.



Litchfield Country Club – Conde Nast Rated Top 50


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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club Honored by Golfweek

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club has been ranked by Golfweek as the 21st best in the publication’s annual ranking of its “Top 100 Best Resort Courses” in the United States. The 2010 rankings appear in the November 5 issue and can be seen online at

To produce Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses lists, a nationwide team of more than 600 golf course raters surveyed more than 2,200 courses on the basis of 10 criteria including: course routing; integrity of design; quality of shaping; overall land plan; greens and surrounds; variety of par 3, par 4 and par 5 holes; tree and landscape management; conditioning; and the “walk in the park” test. The result is an average of scores which dictates a course’s overall ranking.

Golfweek magazine also recognized Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in their 2010 poll of their best modern and classic golf courses published last March. The Mike Strantz-designed course placed 98th nationally among modern golf courses which included those constructed after 1960. That annual ranking followed criteria established by Golfweek raters to evaluate golf courses on the ease and intimacy of routing, integrity of design, quality of feature shaping, natural setting and overall land planning among other categories.


Golf Course Review: Arrowhead at Myrtle Beach

The only Ray Floyd signature golf course in the state of South Carolina, Arrowhead is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. This 27 hole coastal masterpiece was created by the talented team of PGA touring professional Ray Floyd and renowned golf architect Tom Jackson. In 1998 Arrowhead was awarded the prestigious “South Carolina Golf Course of the Year” award.

Boasting three nines, “The Cypress”, “The Lakes” and “The Waterway”, each has its own distinctive flavor, from multiple elevation changes to breathtakingly beautiful wetlands; this golf facility showcases the natural beauty of Myrtle Beach. The golf course has been well crafted on a gorgeous tract of land that is bordered on one side by the scenic Intracoastal Waterway and on the other side by a dense forest of tall Carolina Pines.

Lush Bermuda grass fairways offer adequate landing areas while their subtle grassy mounds generate a little more roll. Fairway bunkers have been strategically placed and anxiously await any errant golf ball.

The somewhat large and slightly undulated Bentgrass greens are highly rated and are amongst some of the smoothest that Myrtle Beach has to offer.

The signature fifth hole on “The Waterway” nine is a 387 yard par 4 (back tees) that has been shaped and carved out alongside the Intracoastal Waterway and is simply stunning. It requires roughly 260 yards off the tee to carry the sand, careful not to hook it, as you will end up in the Intracoastal Waterway, if you push it right off the tee, you could end up OB. However hit this rolling fairway and you will be rewarded with a short iron into the green and the chance of a nice birdie or at worst a comfortable two putt par.

With four sets of tee boxes on each nine, Arrowhead caters to golfers of all skill levels, it is a golf course you will enjoy playing and want to play again.

Very conveniently located, Arrowhead is just five minutes from the Myrtle Beach Airport and only ten minutes from Broadway at the Beach.

Arrowhead  Country Club 1201 Burcale Rd  Myrtle Beach, SC  (843) 236-3243

Fall Golf in Pawleys Island

Myrtle Beach / Pawleys Island area has been known as the “Golfer’s Mecca or Paradise” for many years. It has grown in fame to become the “Golf Capital of the World”. What helps make the golf courses in the area so famous?  There are over 100 courses throughout the Grand Strand, many designed by world- renowned architects. The mild, Mediterranean climate that Pawleys Island experiences with excellent turf management, combine to provide an area that sees more rounds of golf played each year than any other in the world.

Good turf management is one the main keys to the success of any golf course. In an area that sees high temperature, high amounts of salt water and high traffic makes finding the right species of grass to use on throughout the course is a must. Traditional bentgrasses have been used in Myrtle Beach / Pawleys Island until recently. Hybrid grasses have been made available that produce a wonderfully smooth green. Two that have become popular around the area are a hybrid Bermuda grass and SeaDwarf Paspalum, both are resistant to heat, tolerant of salt water and provide golfers with smooth play. These require less irrigation and fertilizer making the area courses more environmentally friendly.

Litchfield by the Sea is a great place to stay.  Great golf packages are available this fall.    Fall is a spectacular time to come and see for yourself the care and dedication that all the local managers give to their courses.

Golf Magazine Recognizes Pawleys Island Golf Courses

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Plantation have been recognized by GOLF Magazine in their biennial rankings of golf courses throughout the United States. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is ranked 28th in GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.”

Both Pawleys Island golf courses were ranked among the publication’s “Top 20 Best Public Golf Courses” in South Carolina. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Plantation were ranked No. 3 and No. 10, respectively. Twelve of the 20 golf courses in the list are located in the Myrtle Beach area.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Plantation are consistently honored as a pair of the finest golf courses in America by numerous national golf publications. Both are classic Strantz designs and each provide unique challenges amidst the natural beauty of the Lowcountry. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club sits atop a historic rice plantation winding through tidal marshes, freshwater creeks and giant live oaks. True Blue boasts neatly manicured fairways, rolling terrain, incredible elevation changes and expansive waste bunkers.

About True Blue Golf Plantation
True Blue Golf Plantation is a 7,126-yard, par-72 championship golf course located on the site of historic True Blue Golf Plantation, the famed 19th century indigo and rice plantation. Designed by architect Mike Strantz, True Blue emphasizes the natural beauty of the area, utilizing native grasses and vegetation and maintaining much of the character of the property. True Blue has received countless awards since opening in 1998, including being named one of “America’s Greatest 100 Public Golf Courses” by Golf Digest, South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel’s list of “50 Best Courses” (2010), Golf Magazine’s “Top Ten Places To Play” and “Top 25 Courses in the South” and one of the “Top 100 Courses in America” from Golfweek (2010).

About Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
Built upon the site of a historic 18th century rice plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C., Caledonia Golf and Fish Club has been described as having “18 signature holes,” with holes routed around majestic oaks and meandering streams. The picturesque 18th hole borders the Plantation’s old rice field, and requires a precise tee shot that sets up a difficult second shot: a forced carry onto a green that is watched closely by the beautiful antebellum style clubhouse. The 6,526-yard, par-70 course has been named Golf Digest’s “Top 25 Courses in South Carolina” and “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses”; a “Top 100 You Can Play” by Golf Magazine; a “Top 100 Modern Courses” by Golfweek (2010), South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel’s 2010 list of “50 Best Courses” and “Top 100 Best Courses for Women” by Golf for Women.