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No guts, no glory: Five par-4 holes you can drive in Myrtle Beach

By Chris King, Contributor

MYRTLE BEACH - Lining up an eagle putt is one of golf's most enviable positions. It's also a rarity for most players, particularly on a par 4, but a Myrtle Beach golf trip does afford a few opportunities.

Sea Trail Golf Resort - Maples Course - hole 1
Big hitters can unsheathe the driver and take a poke on the opener at Sea Trail's Maples Course.
Sea Trail Golf Resort - Maples Course - hole 1Barefoot Resort - Love Course - hole 4Glen Dornoch Golf Links - hole 3Wild Wing Plantation - Avocet course - hole 14Moorland course - Legends Golf Club - hole 16

The Grand Strand is home to more than 1,800 holes, including a handful of short par 4s that provide a chance to drive the green (or possibly record an ace). If you can hit the driver long and relatively straight, here are the five holes you might be able to reach, though there is risk involved (all yardages are listed from the tips):

Love Course at Barefoot Resort, No. 4, 294 yards

The shortest par 4 on the Myrtle Beach golf scene is also one of the most photographed. The fourth hole on the Love Course at Barefoot Resort features the faux ruins of an old plantation home (which, by the way, are in play) and begs golfers to try and drive the green. If you miss, don't find the large pot bunker about 30 yards short on the left side. The smart play might call for an iron off the tee, but set the "book" aside and let it rip here.

Glen Dornoch Golf Links, No. 3, 300 yards

Glen Dornoch is full of character and this hole is a prime example. It plays 285 yards from the blue tees and 272 yards from the whites, so it's reachable for a lot of people. The hole is a slight dogleg and two bunkers guard the left front of the green. If you go for it, your tee shot needs to stay to the right to avoid the bunkers if it comes up short.

Avocet at Wild Wing Plantation, No. 14 308 yards

One of the best holes at Conway's Wild Wing Plantation, No. 14 on the Avocet course offers a risk-reward choice. The hole plays just 265 yards from the tips, but six bunkers and a three tiered green provide ample defense. This is a hole you have to take a swing at.

Moorland at Legends Golf Club, No. 16, 313 yards

The area around the 16th green at Moorland is known as Hell's Half-Acre and it earned its nickname. The hole is drivable from every set of tees, but there is plenty of trouble awaiting wayward shots, including pot bunkers, waste areas, grass bunkers, pampas grass and, whatever you do, don't find the bunker located just over the green. No. 16 at Moorland is a lot of fun to play.

Maples Course at Sea Trail Golf Resort, No. 1, 315 yards

The opening hole on the Maples Course at Sea Trail Golf Resort offers players the opportunity for a good start, but if it's great you're looking for, long hitters can unsheathe the driver and take a poke. No. 1 plays 295 from the whites and 275 from the gold tees, so it is reachable, but not without risk. Water runs along the right side of the hole and out-of-bounds on the left makes it a relatively tight drive. It's an interesting decision to open a round with. What would you do?

Note: The list doesn't include the eighth hole at Blackmoor Golf Club in Murrells Inlet, but it, arguably, should. No. 8 measures 371 yards, according to the scorecard, but designer Gary Player cut a chute through the trees that gives players the opportunity to drive the green. Taking the short cut, knocks 100 yards off the length of the hole, making it very reachable.

Chris KingChris King, Contributor

Chris King, owner of Kingfish Communications, a PR and content marketing firm that specializes in helping golf destinations and courses, has spent the last 20 years covering golf and college athletics. His love of the game is matched only by the unreliability of his swing, which helps him evaluate golf courses through the eyes of the average player. King currently resides in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which affords him ample opportunity to improve. Follow Chris on Twitter @Chris_Kingfish.

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