Barefoot Resort & Golf (The Love Course) – Played 2014
- Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #86
- Location: 4980 Barefoot Resort Ridge Road, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- Year: 2002
- Architect: Davis Love III
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Platinum: 7,047 yards, Par 72, 75.1 Rating/139 Slope
- Black: 6,542 yards, Par 72, 72.5 Rating/135 Slope
- White: 6,055 yards, Par 72, 69.8 Rating/123 Slope
- Green: 5,643 yards, Par 72, 67.9 Rating/119 Slope
- Gold: 5,336 yards, Par 72, 71.1 Rating/124 Slope
As you’ve seen from my other reviews in the Myrtle Beach area (Caledonia & TPC Myrtle Beach), the Grand Strand has plenty of golf. The Love course at Barefoot Resort is another on that list. The resort itself opened all four of its courses simultaneously, a very impressive feat. The other three courses are designed by Greg Norman, Pete Dye, and Tom Fazio. In addition to golf, the property includes a marina, hotels, housing, and commercial space.
In addition, the resort gained more notoriety for hosting the hit Golf Channel show Big Break. The season recently wrapped with Jimmy Brandt claiming the champion’s prize. If you haven’t watched the series, I would definitely recommend it.
The Love course is the only one that is ranked on the four lists I am chasing, but the show used the other courses and they seemed solid. For you grass lovers out there, the tees and fairways consist of GN-1, a hybrid turf developed by Greg Norman’s turf company. The approach areas consist of Tif-sport Bermuda grass. The greens surfaces are Champion UltraDwarf and the rough areas are 419 Bermuda grass.
Now on to the course tour. This was the last course on our trip that included Caledonia and TPC Myrtle Beach. It was originally supposed to be the first course I played, but heavy rain was falling when we arrived. Thankfully, they helped me reschedule to our last day in town. I arrived early and luckily they let me tee off right away. Since it was only me I played in about two hours and was able to start the drive back at a reasonable hour. I played the black tees and all distances will be from there. The carts are equipped with GPS and gave plenty of information as you can see below.
Hole 1 – 352 yards – Par 4
The first hole eases you into the round. A driver is not mandatory, but the bunkers are in play.
This hole is tough if you miss to the right. The hazard extends all the way along the right side and behind the hole.
I love a drivable par four. The tee shot must be accurate with all the bunkers you can see. Your tee shot needs to carry the whole way to the green.
The fifth is a change of pace from the first four holes. It’s a lengthy hole that requires a solid drive. There is a hazard on the right that needs to be avoided.
This hole plays uphill and doglegs to the right. It plays a little longer than the yardage due to the slope.
The tee shot here calls for a draw and a long one at that. The fairway bunkers and hazard must be avoided.
This drive fits my eye wonderfully. I like any hole where a big draw works. Keep the bunker in the middle of the fairway in mind when planning your line.
The left side of the green (right in this picture from behind the green) is pretty flat. The majority of the slope is behind me in the picture and runs off the green. Any wedge shots with spin will probably rip right off the front.
Now that you are warm, this par three tests your long iron/hybrid game. A waste bunker wraps around the front and right sides of the green.
The back begins with a shorter hole. The fairway is a little narrower than some of the ones we have seen so far. Taking less than driver is a smart play here if you can afford it.
This is a great birdie opportunity with a short hole and a flattish green. The waste bunker in front is not in play for anything but the worst shots.
The course switches things up again on this one after two short holes. The twelfth favors a draw off the tee with trouble on both sides.
This is a very reachable par five. There is a hazard that bisects part of the fairway and is crossed by wooden bridges.
The tee shot plays to a wide landing area although there are some bunkers.
The approach shot plays to a skinny green with some slope as you can see. The bunkers on the left are well below the putting surface. Left of those is a hazard ready to swallow any truly wayward shots.
This shot is do or die on hitting the green. Anything that misses will not bounce on to the green, but will be repelled down a hill.
This is a great hole. It really gives the player some options. You can take it directly at the green with driver or lay up left of the bunker and natural area. You really need to determine what kind of approach you want and then plan your tee shot from that.
This tee shot is straightforward, bang it up the middle.
This is one of the tighter drives on the course and could be played with a match in the balance. Trouble lurks hard up the left side and the hole really favors a draw.
I enjoyed playing this course, but I wasn’t wowed by it. The greens were monotonous in my opinion. I think it is a fine resort course and very enjoyable to play on a buddies trip. I am just not sure why it is ranked in the top 100 of Golf Magazine’s list. I don’t want that to come off as too negative, it’s just that very few of the holes were memorable. If you are going to Myrtle Beach I would play the course, but not over such courses as Caledonia and True Blue.