“Breaking Par with Charlie Rymer” Episode 8: River Club

“The Big Timer” needed to pull off a Houdini act to save par at his last South Strand stop; will he need to reach into his bag of tricks once more at the next? See how Charlie fares on the par-3 14th hole at the Tom Jackson-designed River Club in Pawleys Island, S.C.!


Cancer knocked me down, but not out. Now, I’m cancer free. The recovery? It’s been tough. I’ll need patience, a lot of humor …

(You can only keep talent down for so long!)

… And support from friends and family. Over the last two years, I haven’t played much golf, but there’s no better place to get back in the game than on 66 courses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We’re keeping score, but just teeing it up means I’ve already won!

(You’re not going to believe where this ball ended up!)

Join me on my journey to break par!

Island green here. This hole isn’t that long, but danger lurks if you’re not careful. Your best case scenario on a mishit is to find one of those four bunkers in front. If you go long, left or right, your ball’s going to get wet. But we’re not missing this green today. It’s pretty big, so let’s see what we got!

This is the River Club in beautiful Pawleys Island, South Carolina. We’re way down the bottom end of the Grand Strand, and check this hole out. It’s an island green. I don’t know a whole lot folks, but I do know this. When you’re playing an island green, you don’t want to come up short. You don’t want to go right, you don’t want to go left and you don’t want to go long.

Words to live by, by Charlie Rymer.

All right, I need to make a birdie. All right, that’s a little short, but we can live with that. It’s not short in the water, just short of the green and my putter’s hot. It’s like me, it’s hot.

So people are always asking me, “Charlie, should I leave the flag in? Should I take it out?” Well, I’m going to leave the flag in here and here’s why. I’m playing by myself and I’m way too lazy to walk up there and take it out.

Hit it, hit it! 300 pounds and can’t get it to the hole, that’s pitiful. But good enough for a par, on an island par three. That’s never bad.

So I think it’s really cool to see an island green. When I was a kid starting in the second grade, everybody else is learning how to write and all that, I’m like drawing holes on my notebook paper. And this is the kind of hole that you would dream about building or playing. I mean, look at it, it’s a [inaudible] island green. If you don’t like that, you don’t like golf.

What’s not to like about golf on the South Strand? Only a matter of time before we start hitting a string of birdies. Bring on the next one!

Miss an Episode? Just Click the Links Below to Catch Up!

Episode 7: Litchfield Country Club

Episode 6: Caledonia

Episode 5: True Blue

Episode 4: Pawleys Plantation

Episode 3: Founders Club at Pawleys Island

Episode 2: Heritage Club

Episode 1: Wedgefield Country Club

Series Trailer