The par 3, 17th hole, which has a trio of stair-step tee boxes and ranges from 125 to 179 yards, introduces players to the waterway and is arguably as memorable as No. 18.
While the Palmetto’s closing stretch generates the most conversation, it’s well supported by the Edmund Alt design’s first 15 holes. A traditional layout, the Palmetto counts playability among its greatest strengths.
“There is no trouble you can’t see off the tee,” head pro Rick Schultz said. “It’s a fair golf course and if you hit a stray ball, you can redeem yourself on the next shot.”
Redemption doesn’t typically follow a penalty stroke at the Palmetto. There is water on the course but there are limited forced carries, allowing players to swing the club with confidence.
“If you are an average golfer, you won’t lose a lot of balls,” Schultz said. “This is a good course to either start your week off or even play towards the end, because it can be a confidence builder.”
Take heed of Schultz’s words though. He said it can be a confidence builder. The Palmetto isn’t a pushover.
The first five holes comprise the course’s toughest stretch, highlighted by the fifth hole, a 404-yard, dogleg left. Playing the drive to the right side of the fifth fairway is the best option, but it lengthens the hole and brings OB into play. A drive to the left side raises the specter of trees impeding the path to the green.
Survive the first five holes in a score close to your personal par and a good day could await.
Players have the opportunity to pick up strokes on the par 5s, where hazards are limited, but they have to be earned. The Palmetto’s shortest par 5 is 529 yards from the tips and all four play 500+ yards from the white tees (6,516 yards).
Speaking of length, the wait for refreshments at the Palmetto is never long. Because the layout is a straight 18 – meaning players don’t return to the clubhouse until the round is complete – the course has a quarter house that players pass every couple holes. Golfers that run out of food or drink have only themselves to blame at the player-friendly facility.
The Verdict: A playable design, memorable holes and consistently outstanding conditions are the Palmetto’s calling cards. Additionally, Myrtlewood, located off 48th Avenue, enjoys the area’s most convenient location. The Palmetto is an outstanding course to include as part of your next Myrtle Beach golf package.