Five Things You Need to Know About Farmstead Golf Links

October 23, 2012

Farmstead plays across the North and South Carolina state linesFarmstead Golf Links isn’t the most high profile Myrtle Beach golf course, but it is representative of what makes the area the game’s most popular destination. A nice course, good conditions and value mean a good day for golfers and Farmstead delivers on all accounts.

Before you tee it up on the Willard Byrd design, here are five things you want to know.

1. Yes, Farmstead is home to one of America’s only par 6s, the 767-yard 18th hole. Ranked among America’s 18 most fun holes by Golf Digest, Farmstead’s closing hole is a memorable one.

In addition to its sheer length, it traverses state lines. Golfers tee off in South Carolina and putt out in North Carolina (on-course signs let you know when you have moved from state to state). Playing back into the clubhouse, the hole is as pretty as it is long.

2. Farmstead is a links style course featuring sprawling fairways lined by wispy grass, conjuring up visions of the game’s berth place. When the wind kicks up in the afternoon, the course offers a links feel (sans the hole-killing pot bunkers), adding to the fun.

3. Farmstead general manager Ricky Lyons makes a strong case that his course has the best bermuda grass greens on the North Strand. The greens at Farmstead are as smooth as any you will find and they are lightening fast. Players can strike each putt knowing they will get the result they deserve.

4. Housing is almost non-existent on or around Farmstead. The course plays to the lay of the land and golfers get to enjoy a round of golf in a peaceful setting.

5. Farmstead is a par 72 with three par 5s accompanying the 18th hole. The extra stroke is offset by five par 3s, including the knee-knocking, 192-yard 12th hole, which is nearly all carry over water. Make sure you bring your nerve to that tee box if it’s part of your next Myrtle Beach golf trip.

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