Hootie & the Blowfish Show Their Love for Pawleys Plantation


They don’t call it the world’s shortest par 5 for nothing.

That’s how the iconic par-3 13th hole at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club is often alluded to in lighthearted fashion by those who’ve taken it on. Even for a par 3, it’s a hole short in distance, playing a tick under 150 yards from the tips and as short as 44 yards from the most forward tees, but long on challenge.

“If you’re going to play golf in Myrtle Beach, you have to play (Hole No.) 13 (at Pawleys Plantation),” says Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker.

It’s one of many reasons why the boys in the Grammy Award-winning band – including Rucker, lead guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld – love this Jack Nicklaus design. They’re struck by the scenic Lowcountry beauty it exudes, and especially appreciate this particular hole that kicks off a series of back nine holes that play in and out of Pawleys Island’s majestic saltwater marsh.

“I love this golf course. It’s so beautiful,” Rucker adds.

Pawleys Plantation is one of four Myrtle Beach-area designs – including Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Grande Dunes Resort Course and The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort – that Hootie & the Blowfish look to as their “go-to” designs whenever their in town on a golf trip. That’s high praise, especially when it’s coming from a golf-crazed group of guys like Soni, Darius, Mark and Dean.

Learn more about why the band loves these designs, and the Myrtle Beach golf scene, by visiting our Hootie & the Blowfish page.