TPC Myrtle Beach – Played 2014
- Rankings: Golf Digest Public #98
- Location: 1199 TPC Boulevard, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
- Year: 1999
- Architect: Tom Fazio & Lanny Wadkins
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 6,950 yards, Par 72, 74.0 Rating/145 Slope
- Gold: 6,700 yards, Par 72, 72.2 Rating/135 Slope
- Blue: 6,393 yards, Par 72, 70.4 Rating/126 Slope
- White: 6,183 yards, Par 72, 68.4 Rating/121 Slope
- Red: 5,118 yards, Par 72, 70.3 Rating/125 Slope
I was down in the Myrtle Beach area for a short trip with the wife. Lucky for us our trip coincided with Bike Week! There is some sarcasm there, but it was pretty cool to see all the motorcycles around and they were only noisy during the day.
TPC Myrtle Beach was one of three courses I played on this trip. Opened in 1999, it was designed by Tom Fazio and Lanny Wadkins. The course is a past host to the Senior Tour Championship. When playing the layout you can see how it would be a difficult test under tournament conditions. I couldn’t find much other information on the course, so let’s get to the course tour. I played the gold tees so all yardages will be from those markers.
Hole 1 – 355 yards – Par 4
The first starts out with a somewhat tight driving area. You need to focus on your aim since there is a bunker to the left and woods to the right. At this distance you don’t necessarily need driver.
The course gives you a birdie opportunity early in the round. The carry over the water is not as long as it looks, but the bunkers up the left are definitely in play.
This is a serious hole with some forced carry. Bust a fade out there and you will be in great shape.
Another difficult hole requiring a power fade from the tee. The left side of the house in the distance is a great line.
The fifth is a visually intimidating par 3, but at only 145 yards it’s real challenge is a mental one. Committing to your club and shot should leave you on the green putting for a deuce.
This is a little shorter par 5, but it is tight off the tee. It’s also another tee shot that is best played with a fade.
This hole plays slightly downhill and favors a draw. Finally! The bunkers in the front left are to be avoided.
This is one of the shorter holes since the first. It doglegs to the right and doesn’t really require driver.
The ninth is plain beastly. There are trees up the left side and a hazard on the right ready to steal misplaced drives. You need lots of concentration here.
The course gives you a little bit of a breather here, but a drive to far up the right side can trickle into a water hazard.
Here we return to the stout holes. The water hazard is a forced carry that is longer the more left you go.
The green complex has some slope from front to back until you get to the middle where it flattens out.
This tee shot doesn’t require a lot of distance, but it demands accuracy. Deep bunkers to the left and trees on the right are the obstacles. A long iron is a smart play.
This one-shotter is a long, difficult hole. There is a large bunker to steer clear of, but the main goal here should be middle of the green.
This hole is a dogleg left. Your tee shot has to navigate bunkers on each side of the fairway. If you pick a good line and execute, getting on in two is definitely in play.
There is another forced carry here. Nothing fancy needed, just pipe a draw out there.
This tee shot is not too bad if you can block out the water. If you miss the fairway bunkers a short shot to set up a birdie awaits.
This shot plays to a peninsula green. The yardage plays about even with the card. A fade will be the easiest way to avoid most of the trouble.
We’ve finally made it to the home hole. A straight drive is needed with the creek on the right.
I did have some problems with the course. I didn’t think the course conditioning was to the level it should have been since it is in the TPC network. A few of the greens were somewhat shaggy and there were bare spots throughout the course. Some of the fairways looked like they hadn’t been cut in a while. We did get a reduced rate so I think they were aware of the conditioning. I may have just gotten unlucky on the timing of when I played it. With that said, I went in May, so call them up to check course conditions if you are planning a trip around that time.