Hot List: Myrtle Beach Golf’s 5 Shortest [Reachable?] Par 4s
The Grand Strand is home to more than 1,800 holes, including a handful of short par 4s that provide a chance to drive the green (or possibly record an ace). If you can hit the driver long and relatively straight, here are the five holes you might be able to reach, though there is risk involved (all yardages are listed from the tips):
Love Course at Barefoot Resort, No. 4, 294 yards – The shortest par 4 on the Myrtle Beach golf scene is also one of the most photographed. The fourth hole on the Love Course features the faux ruins of an old plantation home (which, by the way, are in play) and begs player to try and drive the green. If you miss, don’t find the large pot bunker about 30 yards short on the left side. The smart play might call for an iron off the tee, but set the “book” aside and let it rip here.
Glen Dornoch, No. 3, 300 yards – Glen Dornoch is full of character and this hole is a prime example. It plays 285 yards from the blue tees and 272 yards from the whites, so it’s reachable for a lot of people. The hole is a slight dogleg and two bunkers guard the left front of the green. If you go for it, your tee shot needs to stay to the right to avoid the bunkers if it comes up short.
Avocet at Wild Wing, No. 14 308 yards – One of Wild Wing’s best holes, No. 14 offers a risk-reward choice. The hole plays just 265 yards from the tips, but six bunkers and a three tiered green provide ample defense. This is a hole you have to take a swing at.
Moorland at Legends, No. 16, 313 yards – The area around the 16th green at Moorland is known as Hell’s Half-Acre and it earned its nickname. The hole is drivable from every set of tees, but there is plenty of trouble awaiting wayward shots, including pot bunkers, waste areas, grass bunkers, pampas grass and, whatever you do, don’t find the bunker located just over the green. No. 16 at Moorland is a lot of fun to play.
Maples Course at Sea Trail, No. 1, 315 yards – The opening hole on the Maples Course offers players the opportunity for a good start, but if it’s great you are looking for, long-hitters can unsheathe the driver and take a poke. No. 1 plays 295 from the whites and 275 from the gold tees so it is reachable, but not without risk. Water runs along the right side of the hole and out-of-bounds on the left makes it a relatively tight drive. It’s an interesting decision to open a round with. What would you do?