Rees Jones has worked on courses that have hosted multiple U.S. Opens, Ryder Cups and PGA Championships, so he has crafted many quality layouts, including his work on the Jones Course at Sea Trail Plantation.
We assigned Sea Trail’s head pro, Eddie Pratt, the difficult task of identifying Jones’ best work at Sea Trail, and Pratt, after much thought, provided us the three best holes on the Jones Course, one of two Myrtle Beach golf courses he has designed.
1. Jones wasted little time in providing the type of straight-forward challenge that defines the course. The 445-yard first hole is a meaty test. A long drive is crucial to setup an approach into a green that is flanked by a pair of bunkers and isn’t exceptionally large.
“You have plenty of room, so take the driver out and hit it,” Pratt said.
2. The signature hole on the Jones Course, No. 5 is a 178-yard par 3 that is all carry over water. The hole isn’t that difficult from the white tees – 155 yards – but it can be daunting.
“You see so much more of the water because you are looking down the hill,” Pratt said. “It’s not difficult but it is intimidating. Just make sure you have enough club.”
3. A dogleg right, No. 8 is a great risk-reward par 5, the type of hole that could decide a match on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip. It’s not a long hole – 500 yards from the tips – but a lake cuts in front of the green, so anyone attempting to go for the green in two will have to carry the ball the entire way.
If you play the hole conventionally and avoid the fairway bunkers off the tee, a relatively short approach over the water and a possible par should await.
The Jones Course, a Myrtle Beach golf favorite since opening in 1989, is one of three courses at Sea Trail.