Willbrook Plantation: 5 Things You Need to Know

July 31, 2012

Willbrook Plantation is one of the most underrated golf courses on the Myrtle Beach golf sceneIt’s a quintessential South Strand layout, marrying challenge, beauty and charm to create an experience that will make your next Myrtle Beach golf trip a memorable one.

Before you tee it up on the Dan Maples design, here are five things you need to know.

1. Willbrook was built on land that housed a thriving rice plantation centuries ago, and, as a result, water is aplenty. There is water on 15 of 18 holes, but it often contributes as much to the scenery as it does the challenge. There are few forced carries of even intermediate length, and Maples did a nice job making the course playable.

2. If you want to see an alligator on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip, Willbrook is the place to go. There have been as many as 15 on a single hole and the property’s largest gator is estimated to be 13+ feet. Where does the big boy live? Anywhere he wants, according to head pro Kevin McGuire!

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3. Willbrook is rich with history and it’s well documented. Take the time to read the signs that are posted throughout the course, chronicling the land’s past. On the fifth hole, the chimney of an old plantation house remains and the signs document an archeological dig that turned up various artifacts relating to the property’s bountiful history.

4. A 4.5-star course, according to Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play Guide,” Willbrook has also been ranked among the top 25 courses in America for women. The popular reviews, by the game’s most important constituency – players, have been even better.

5. Myrtle Beach’s South Strand is chocked full of great courses. From Caledonia, Heritage and Pawleys Plantation to TPC Myrtle Beach, the area is crawling with great golf. As a result, Willbrook sometimes doesn’t get the attention it deserves. There is a strong argument to be made that Willbrook is the most underrated course on the Myrtle Beach golf scene. If it’s part of your next trip, you won’t be disappointed.