Named Best New Course in America by Golf Digest upon its opening in 1983, Oyster Bay Golf Links features water on 16 of 18 holes, a couple stunning island greens, and beautiful views of the Shallotte River.
But there's a lot more to Oyster Bay than scenery, particularly with the work being done over the summer.
If you play Oyster Bay this fall, here is what you can expect.
- While still open for play, Oyster Bay is undergoing a minor facelift this summer, repairing cart paths and freshening up bunkers throughout the course. The work is primarily cosmetic but it will provide Oyster Bay a little TLC that golfers appreciate.
- Oyster Bay is a shotmakers course, rewarding players who can hit the ball to proper spot in the fairway and on the green. The layout isn’t long, playing 6,685 yards from the tips, but it’s a par 71 and tight in spots. There is room to hit the driver, but where you hit it is much more important than how far.
- Speaking of where to hit the ball, head pro Tim Jackson provided two recommendations: off the tee, always use the 150-yard post as your aiming point, and, more importantly, pay attention to where the pins are. The greens at Oyster Bay are relatively small and undulating. As a result, you almost always want to be putting beneath hole. Disregard that advice at your own peril!
- If you have to choose between the range and the practice putting green before your round, opt to take the flatstick and a pocket full of balls to the putting green to get a feel for the challenge that awaits. A good day with the putter at Oyster Bay should equate to a good day on the scorecard.
- Most people like to catch a glimpse of an alligator on a Myrtle Beach golf trip, and Oyster Bay is as good a place as any to do it. If you don’t believe me, watch the video below of an alligator sauntering across the tee box with dinner in his mouth!
Enjoy a round at Oyster Bay and let us know what you think.