Palmer touched nearly every part of the game as a 7-time major champion, an architect and an ambassador, and “The King” certainly made an impact along the Grand Strand.
As the golf world mourns the passing of the legend, we offer you a look at how his legacy will endure in Myrtle Beach through the Myrtle Beach golf courses he designed.
Palmer has four Myrtle Beach golf courses to his credit – all of them have earned at least 4 stars from Golf Digest – and here is a look at each:
King's North at Myrtle Beach National – Since opening in 1973, King's North has grown into one of the area’s bedrock courses. The layout underwent a redesign in 1996 and has since been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest.
With its trademark sand traps, King’s North is one of the Grand Strand’s most popular and memorable courses. Just mention “The Gambler” to knowledgeable Myrtle Beach golfers and they know you are referring to the famed sixth hole. The par 3 12th hole has an island green surrounded by two “SC” shaped bunkers, and No. 18 has more than 40 fairway bunkers. King's North is a Myrtle Beach golf classic.
Rivers Edge – The King’s final design in the area, Rivers Edge opened to national acclaim in 1999 and has also been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.
Built along the Shallotte River, the layout is among the Grand Strand's most scenic and the 9th hole is one of the most talked about amongst Myrtle Beach golf coures. The par 5 requires golfers to carry the marsh twice and plays into a peninsula green. It’s a stunning hole and course.
Southcreek at Myrtle Beach National – Southcreek was the third course at Myrtle Beach National, opening in 1975, and it’s an outstanding blend of natural and manmade challenges. The layout meanders through protected waste areas, wetlands and hardwood forests.
The Myrtle Beach golf course isn’t exceedingly long but places a premium on accuracy and shot-making.
West Course at Myrtle Beach National – The middle course at the Myrtle Beach National facility is never forgotten. Winding through a forest of stately pines in an undeveloped setting, the West Course offers players the feel of a private club.
From the regular tees, golfers of all abilities enjoy Palmer’s classic design work. But be prepared for a professional challenge from the back tees as numerous doglegs, fairway bunkers and natural hazards come into play.