The Myrtle Beach Entrada of 2013
“… packed my bags last night, pre-flight, zero hour, nine am …” Rocket Ron Mon (dear God, please don’t let that gain any traction) is prepped for a journey to the South Carolina coast and its run of golf courses. I’ll have the good fortune to tour five of them and give you feedback on their value across the board. The courses range from the frontier between South and North Carolinas and the southern end of Route 31. I won’t get down as far as Murrell or Pawley, but pinkie-swear, I shall return! For a look at the five tracks, click here.
My itinerary calls for Glen Dornoch, Pine Lakes, Grande Dunes, the Legends-Heathland, and the Dunes Golf & Beach Club. The first layout is a tribute course to Donald Ross. I’ve never played a tribute course before, but I do have some experience with Mr. Ross’ approach to golf course architecture. Rest assured that I’ll let you know how accurate a tribute it is and if that nomenclature even matters. Pine Lakes is THE original MB golf course. Those in the know call it “The Grandaddy” and it underwent a nip-tuck procedure a year or so ago to restore its fine features. Expect an update from this guy.
Course three is a Roger Rulewich offering. If the name is unfamiliar, he was Robert Trent Jones, Senior’s right-hand man and the guy who did the real work the last 10-15 years of RTJ’s life. Again, I’ve played his stuff before (and truthfully, it drives me nuts as it is beyond challenging.) I’ll be interested to see if this RR has any softness to it. Legends-Heathland is a contribution from the master of minimalism, Tom Doak. Enough said. The Dunes is often recognized as one of the aforementioned RTJ SR.’s five best courses. I consider Crag Burn (East Aurora, NY) and Golden Horseshoe (Williamsburg, VA) to be excellent examples of his work, so seeing the Dunes is high on my list.
When I was in Pinehurst in February, I met Jimmy G, a caddie of legend and lore. A fine gent from Queens, NY, Jimmy G has a pair of golfing sites that all golfers should bookmark. One reveals course conditions in Pinehurst, while the other depicts what’s currently good in Myrtle Beach. Here’s the link for the latter. Aeration schedules, green conditions, etc. According to his Best 18 column, three of my courses are in sweet shape as of last Wednesday. I can’t imagine the Dunes Club will not rate highly, so that makes four.
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