Heritage Club: 5 Things You Need To Know

December 15, 2010

Heritage 025.jpgHeritage Club is a South Strand classic. The course features the lowcountry beauty – soaring live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, marshland and magnolia trees – that makes it among the most scenic Myrtle Beach golf courses. We have five factoids that could improve your play at the Dan Maples design or impress your friends.

1. Home of the Best: Heritage, according to Golf Digest, is the 33rd best public course in America, but the property has a long history of ranking among the elite. Beginning in the 1700s and extending to the late 1800s, the land was home to one of the world’s best rice and indigo plantations. The countless oak trees – some more than 300 years old – on the property are remnants of the bygone era.

2. In Case You Were Wondering: Ever play a course like Heritage and wonder where the once thriving rice plantation actually existed? The marsh areas, which are extensive, are where the rice plots used to be. Over the years, marsh has grown the through the original rice field, but that’s where it was all produced.

3. Big Greens: In addition to the beauty of the course, Heritage Club is renowned for its greens, which are among the area’s largest. The course’s greens are often more than 50 yards deep and 30 yards wide, but size is only half the challenge. The proverbial elephants are buried in Heritage’s greens so expect a lot of movement.

4. Shot-Makers Course: Heritage isn’t overwhelmingly long (7,118 Gold/6,656 Blue/6,310 White), choosing to place a premium on a player’s creativity instead. The challenges at Heritage don’t revolve around how far you can hit the ball as much as it does where you can hit it.

5. Ready To Run: Elevated, well-bunkered greens have become a staple of modern golf course architecture, but it’s a philosophy that takes away some of a player’s imagination. At Heritage, that’s not the case. Sure the greens are well bunkered, but the approaches to the greens are open, meaning players will have the opportunity to bump and run the ball.