Gary Player, a 9-time major champion and the world’s most fit 81-year-old, designed Blackmoor Golf Club, a course that quietly delivers an excellent round of golf and a chance to score. Measuring just over 6,600 yards from the tips, Blackmoor doesn’t reward a bomb-and-gouge brand of golf.
Six of the course’s final eight holes are doglegs, but it’s a front nine hole that might be a dogleg (more on that in a minute) that is our Myrtle Beach Golf Hole of the Week.
No. 8 – Blackmoor Golf Club
Yardage: 371 yards (black tees), 347 yards (white tees), 335 (yellow tees), 278 yards (red tees)
The eighth hole at Blackmoor is, ostensibly, a 347-yard (white tees), 90-degree dogleg right. Play mid-iron just past the corner of the dogleg and short iron in, right?
Not so fast. When golfers step to the eighth tee, they don’t have to face a relatively simple dogleg. They must confront one of the great risk-reward decisions on the Myrtle Beach golf scene, because Player cut a chute through the trees that is less than 30 yards wide but provides a straight shot to the green.
Take the short cut and you are approximately 250 yards from the green; one good, straight drive from that ever-elusive eagle putt. For players that can’t hit the ball 250 yards, there is room around the green to miss short, but you better hit it straight.
A drive that strays into the tree-line can turn dreams of eagle into a fight for bogey. The choice is an individual one, but here is a vote for throwing caution to the wind. Enjoy the video, which will provide an outstanding overview of the hole.