Myrtle Beach Golf Course Ratings:  Our Favorite Three Holes at World Tour Golf Links

October 16, 2012

World Tour re-creation of Valderram's famed 4th hole is one of its best. World Tour is a re-creation of some of golf’s greatest holes, allowing players to get a taste of what it’s like to play courses like Augusta National, but which holes constitute the best of the best at the Myrtle Beach layout?

We consulted with general manager Tom Plankers and he shared his favorites on each of World Tour’s three nine-hole layouts.

– The third hole on the Open 9 replicates one of the game’s most recognizable par 3s, the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. This 132-yard beauty, which is renowned for its island green, presents one of golf’s most daunting tee shots, as there is no bail out room.

“It’s exactly what you see on TV,” Plankers said. “You have to hit the green. Whatever club you are comfortable with, take it and knock in on the green.

– On the Championship 9, Plankers couldn’t pick a single hole, choosing instead the most popular series of holes at World Tour – Amen Corner. Holes four through six on the Championship 9 replicate 11-12-13 at Augusta National and people love it. The sixth hole duplicates the par 5 12th hole at Augusta, including “Rae’s Creek” cutting in front of the green, bringing the stretch to a stunning conclusion.

Playing holes that simulate the most popular stretch in golf is a highlight for everyone that plays World Tour on a Myrtle Beach golf trip.

– On the International 9, Plankers favors one of the most popular holes in Europe, the par 5, fourth hole at Valderrama Golf Club in Spain. The second hole on the International 9 duplicates the Valderrama classic and even includes the waterfall surrounding the green.

With ample length (520 yards) and a narrow, tiered green, it’s best to approach this beauty with caution.

“The smart money is to layup and hit a wedge shot in,” Plankers said. “If you can hit it that far you have a chance (to reach the green in two), but you have to hit a perfect shot.”

What is your favorite hole at World Tour, a Myrtle Beach golf favorite?
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