Five Reasons Playing Crown Park This Fall is a Good Idea

As the fall season approaches, Crown Park Golf Club, after a summer of hard work, is in peak condition, which should delight golfers in search of a value-laden round.

Tucked away on Highway 9, Crown Park has always been perceived as an ideal course for a day of arrival or departure round, but that is selling the layout short.

Here are five reasons finding Crown Park on your Myrtle Beach golf itinerary this fall is a good thing.

— Many Grand Strand courses battled Mother Nature through a difficult winter, and Crown Park was no different, but management recognized the problem early and rectified it. As a result, the course resodded the first and 18th greens and the putting surfaces are in excellent condition as fall comes into focus.

— The layout, which isn’t long at 6,502 yards from the tips and 6,004 yards from the white tees, challenges players to hit a variety of shots. Players have the option to hit driver throughout the round, but water comes into play on every hole, forcing golfers to make risk-reward decisions that contribute to the experience.

— Here is something everyone can celebrate about Crown Park: there are no homes or OB on the entire course. It’s just you and the golf course.

— Crown Park delivers a solid round, but the back nine is the slightly better of the two sides, due primarily the 12th and 16th holes. A short par 4 (335 yards from the white tees), the 12th hole is the course’s most photographed. Players have to cross water off the tee and the green is surrounded on three sides by a pond, so danger lurks. The 16th is a slight dogleg left with a pond that looms in the elbow and a tree that can obstruct your approach. Players must decide whether they want to challenge the dogleg or play conservatively, adding to the 350-yard hole’s effective distance.

— If no OB, good value and conditioning are motivating factors, the PGA 4 package from Myrtle Beach Golf Masters should be under consideration for your next trip. The deal allows you to choose from 22 courses, including layouts like the Arnold Palmer designed Rivers Edge and Crow Creek, home to the area’s newest bentgrass greens. The package, which starts at just $292 (really), includes a $100 gift card, good for use on food and beverage, apparel and merchandise in the pro shop.

PHOTO GALLERY (click a thumbnail below to browse images for each hole)