Course Spotlight: Lion’s Paw Golf Links

The original “Big Cat” course at Ocean Ridge Plantation, Lion’s Paw Golf Links continues to delight visiting golfers year after year. A Willard Byrd design, Lion’s Paw paved the way for the other three popular designs at Ocean Ridge (Panther’s Run, Tiger’s Eye and Leopard’s Chase) and, nearly 30 years after its opening, still offers plenty of “bite” highlighted by four sets of tees that stretch as far as 7,003 yards.

The secret to success for your next round at Lion’s Paw? Find the fairway – particularly on the par 4s, where trouble often lurks in the form of water features and natural wetlands. Playing from the short grass will position you to attack the MiniVerde greens.

To paraphrase their popular slogan, there’s ample opportunity at Lion’s Paw to “chase birdies with this Big Cat” – particularly when playing from the white tees (6,457 yards), from which only one of the four par 5s plays in excess of 500 yards. Conversely, Lion’s Paw’s stout par 3s collectively represent the layout’s toughest challenge, as three of the four holes play at least 175 yards. Speaking of par 3s, the equally striking 3rd and 17th holes are among the course’s most memorable.

With a just-completed major renovation of its cart paths, Lion’s Paw continues to build on its commitment to providing guests an exceptional golfing experience. A new director of agronomy and head golf course superintendent have been in place since late 2020, plying their trade toward ongoing enhancements to this and all the Ocean Ridge Plantation courses.

Check out these aerial photos we got during our recent visit to Lion’s Paw, and visit their website for more information. Be sure to ask about special pricing when you play at least three Ocean Ridge courses on your next visit!

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