Tradition Club Provides 4.5-Star Fun

August 8, 2014

Tradition Golf Club golf course of Myrtle Beach Tradition Club is a hidden gem in Pawleys Island, surrounded by some of the area’s most heralded courses. But fun and sun certainly shine on Ron Garl’s only Myrtle Beach golf course and the players who tee it up there.

One of a dozen courses that make up the Grand Strand’s Waccamaw Golf Trail, Tradition Club stands on its own reputation for quality golf. Its star is bright, good enough to earn a prestigious 4 ½-star ranking from Golf Digest and it is a former South Carolina Course of the Year.

In fact, Tradition Club mirrors Pawleys Island’s tranquility. Its green location was developed on a 16th century plantation property. Players are immediately relaxed within the friendly confines of towering pines and live oaks. While the course doesn’t stretch to the 7,000-yard plateau – 6,875 yards from the championship markers – it’s plenty of challenge for any level of golfer.

One of the signature holes at Tradition Club is the intriguing 377-yard (from the men’s tees) par-4 7th. Why is it intriguing? Just ask one of the many players whose lengthy approach shot failed to rest on the peninsula green. This test of nerves and length is similar to many holes at Tradition Club where holes are superbly framed by tall pines.

The second hole gives the seventh a run for its money in the picturesque department. A snake-like bunker and a large water hazard decorate this 165-yard par-3 from tee to green.

Tradition Club puts out the welcome mat for dad, mom and the kids. The entire family benefits in the experience thanks to a “kids play free’’ deal when accompanied by a paying adult.

Golfers who plan an annual Myrtle Beach golf trip have the luxury of selecting from an eclectic number of courses, but it’s wise for those who choose the South Strand not to overlook The Tradition Club.