3 Favorite Holes: Possum Trot

May 6, 2009

Possum Trot golf course of Myrtle Beach - 18th Green

Possum Trot is one of Myrtle Beach’s 10 oldest golf courses and the Russell Breeden design has gotten better with age. The course is nearly always in impeccable condition and has grown into one of the area’s most popular layouts.

We consulted with Possum Trot staff and players to determine the course’s three favorite holes and after much deliberation, here is our list:

No. 11, 460-yard, par 4 – The Big Possum, as it’s affectionately known, is the course’s most challenging hole.  Off the tee players must find the fairway to have a chance at reaching the green in regulation. The approach to the green is the course’s longest, with the final 150 yards playing uphill. When the wind kicks up and the Big Possum is baring its teeth, the 11th hole can be nearly as challenging as any in Myrtle Beach.

No. 13, 203-yard, par 3 – Possum Trot’s signature hole requires as much mental toughness as it does physical skill. A forced carry over a lake requires golfers to confront any demons they may have with water. There is approximately 10 feet of grass the separates the water’s edge from the front of the green, so being short is fatal. The hole isn’t exceedingly difficult, provided you don’t break-out in a full body sweat at the idea of a forced carry. There is bailout room to the right. A beautiful hole and a good challenge.

No. 18, 535-yard, par 5 – The 18th is an outstanding way to finish a round. It’s vital that players keep their drive and second shot to the left-center of the fairway, minimizing the risk of hitting their approach in a lake that becomes more imposing the further right a player is.

“It’s got water in front of the green and you have to play your layup strategically,” said Maryland resident Dan Snyder, who has played Possum Trot for 20 years. “You have to make sure your distances are right and don’t leave your last shot short.”

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