More Short Par 4 Fun at Legends-Parkland: “Breaking Par with Charlie Rymer” Episode 35

He’s on the last leg of a three-stop journey through Legends Golf Resort, and in this episode, “The Big Timer” is continuing the short par four theme by taking on the 9th hole of the Parkland Course. Let’s see if he can cash in this opportunity with a birdie!



Cancer knocked me down, but not out. Now, I’m cancer free. The recovery? It’s been tough. I’ll need patience, a lot of humor …

(Did I mention I made birdie there?)

… And support from friends and family. Over the last two years, I haven’t played much golf, but there’s no better place to get back in the game than on 66 courses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We’re keeping score, but just teeing it up means I’ve already won!

(You go Google “perfect,” and see if that shot doesn’t come up right there!)

Join me on my journey to break par!

We got us another short par four here at Legends, folks. Dogleg right with water running up the entire right side. It’s another risk-reward proposition. Play it safe with two shots in, or go for the green off the tee if the body, mind and conditions allow. Either way, beware that massive bunker that fronts the green. Which way do we go?

So the Legends has five golf courses here in Myrtle Beach across three different properties. They’ve got the Heritage down south that’s sort of old South and then up north they’ve got Oyster Bay, that’s Gator country. And then this facility, which has Heathland, Moorland, and Parkland. It’s sort of the mothership.

Along with the 54 holes, it also has a monstrous practice facility and a great golf school. This is the ninth hole at Parkland, a short four. A lot of fun. Got some out of bounds left, you’ve got some water right. I’m going to see if I can drive it up there around the green.

Hang on right there. Little short, little left, but that’ll be all right. I’m going to have a wedge in my hand. Got to get it in play on this one.

I got to tell you, this Legends property with these three different golf courses, it’s hard to pull off because it’s the same kind of property, but the three golf courses really have a very different feel. You’ve got P.B. Dye, you’ve got Tom Doak, and the Parkland here. It has a different feel what they all three have in common. Man, they’re a lot of fun. That’s what I’m in this game for.

This is one of my favorite shots. There’s a lot of movement in this green and the flag’s high up on that back tier. I want to run it right through that tier and there’s actually a lamp post in the background. If I can put this on my back foot to my hands ahead, drive it in low, I can skip it, use that bank and let it work down towards the hole. I love hitting shots like this. Right toe with this. Got it right online with that lamp post, run it on. I did everything but hit it hard enough. But I love playing those kind of shots. I’m going to leave myself with a pretty tough putt there, but that’s all right because the last thing I wanted to do was get too aggressive and go long. Got some out of bounds back there.

This is a good angle to check out right here. And you can see why I’m not upset about being a little short, because anything long here, it’s going to get on that cart path and get out of bounds. It has a really neat feel to it. I like a hole where you’ve got a wall or some out of bounds on one border. Really makes you think a little bit. So go for trying to hit it close and there you take on a lot of risk. So I hit right in this bank. It fed down this way.

This is not an easy putt. I’m dealing with a lot of slope and also some grain. You can see that grass, it’s a little darker color in this slope up top. It changes colors and it gets a little lighter. The grain actually changes and goes the other way up top. But the real challenge is just making sure I hit it hard enough and get all the way up there. Got to make sure I make a big enough stroke.

Here we go. I’ll take that one. It’s a pretty simple hole when you stand on the tee, but when you get up here and you see all these bunkers, out of bounds long, this ninth, it’s a hole that makes you think a little bit. Better have a good game plan here. Four is definitely never a bad score.

Always a great time at the Legends courses. P.B. Dye got our attention here, and now his dad’s design is waiting for us on the north end!

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