They’re creepy and they make us feel uncomfortable, especially if they’re in our peripheral vision as we swing. But their presence makes us grab our phones for camera shots whenever we see them on the course. We run toward them – but not too close.
They scare us. But we feel drawn to them. If they were gone, we’d feel the loss because to many of us, they’re as much a part of Grand Strand golf as smooth greens, pristine wetlands and spectacular signature holes.
We’re talking alligators, of course. Those slimy, slithering, jagged-toothed reptiles that patrol bodies of water along the Grand Strand and several of the area’s golf courses.
Alligators have long been prevalent on the Grand Stand. It’s a gator that’s prominent on the logo of the famous Dunes Golf and Beach Club, the course that put Myrtle Beach on the world golf map.
We know you love gators (or at least taking photos of them), so here’s a short list of Grand Strand golf course spots most likely to supply a gator photo op you can show to illustrate your bravery to the gang back home.
John Brasier covered Grand Strand golf as golf writer and sports editor of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach. He also has written about Grand Strand golf for several national publications, including Golf Magazine, Golfweek and GolfWorld. A mid-handicapper with a history of luck on short holes, he’s made four holes-in-one, though much to his regret, none on the Grand Strand.