Myrtle Beach Golf Course Reviews: World Tour Brings Golf’s Best To Myrtle Beach

October 15, 2012

World Tour has a hole that replicates the famed island green 17th at TPC SawgrassEver dreamed of playing Amen Corner, No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass or St. Andrew’s?

World Tour Golf Links distinguishes itself in a competitive Myrtle Beach golf market by transporting players to the greatest courses the game has to offer.

Every hole at World Tour was inspired by and designed as a nearly exact replica of some of golf’s most famous holes. The result is a course that produces an outstanding round of golf and a lot of stories.

There are three nines at World Tour – the Open, International and Championship – each simulating holes most players could only dream of playing.

The Open 9, which begins with a hole inspired by the first at St. Andrew’s and closes with a hole designed to recreate No. 18 at the Old Course, derives its name from the inclusion of many holes played in either the British or U.S. Opens.

In addition to St. Andrew’s, holes from Colonial Country Club and the 16th hole at Pinehurst No. 2, were instrumental in the naming of the nine. Despite the name, its most recognizable hole has never hosted a national championship.

The third hole on the Open nine is a recreation of the famed island green 17th at TPC Sawgrass. The hole mirrors its famed inspiration and is as daunting for Myrtle Beach golfers as it is a Tour pro on Sunday.

The Championship 9 drew its inspiration from holes played in one of golf’s four major championships, highlighted by World Tour’s tribute to Augusta National’s Amen Corner. Holes four through six, are designed to play like 11, 12 and 13 at Augusta and it helps make the Championship 9 the most popular of the three.

There is nothing like the atmosphere and landscaping at Augusta, but from a golf perspective the holes that mimic the par 3, 12th hole and par 5, 13th are outstanding. World Tour even included Rae’s Creek in it homage to No. 13, forcing regular players to confront the same risk-reward decisions pros have to make.

The Postage Stamp, the short par 3, from Royal Troon is another highlight from the memorable nine.

The International 9 earned its name from the inclusion of holes from around the world, most notably Valderrama’s famed par 5, fourth hole. It’s the second hole on the International 9 and includes a forced carry over wetlands and the unforgettable waterfall green.

The International 9 also features holes from some of the world’s most exclusive courses, including Baltursrol and Seminole. The holes on the International 9 aren’t as “famous” as the other two, but it may be the most scenic track. The first hole, inspired by Inverness, the par 5 from Valderrama, and Doral’s Blue Monster are all memorable challenges.

World Tour’s inspiration came from courses in 10 states and six countries and the facility pays tribute to the game and its rich history throughout. There is a plaque on each hole, detailing its place in the game’s lore, and memorabilia in the clubhouse that everyone should take the time to see.

Verdict: The vast majority of us will never get close to courses like Augusta National, but World Tour brings the experience to Myrtle Beach. You can challenge some of the game’s greatest holes in an outstanding setting. World Tour is great fun and if it’s on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip itinerary that bodes well for your trip.

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