True Blue Golf Club – Played October 2007
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 900 Blue Stem Drive, Pawleys Island, South Carolina
- Year: 1998
- Architect: Mike Strantz
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Gold: 7,126 yards, Par 72, 73.8 Rating/139 Slope
- Blue: 6,812 yards, Par 72, 72.3 Rating/128 Slope
- White: 6,375 yards, Par 72, 71.1 Rating/123 Slope
- Black: 5,736 yards, Par 72, 67.2 Rating/112 Slope
- Green: 4,995 yards, Par 72, 69.5 Rating/115 Slope
True Blue was actually my first experience with the great Mike Strantz. This will kick off back to back weeks of Strantz courses, so be on the lookout next week for another!
A quick backstory. In one of my internships in college, I won a weekend at a beach condo of one of the partners in my firm. I was very excited.
I was also a little nervous because my buddies were going down with me. I didn’t want anything to happen to the condo because it would be a while until I started full time. There was plenty of time to pull my offer if we messed something up!
Luckily none of that happened. We partied pretty hard and met up with some good friends that were in the area as well. I remember it for watching the ALCS between the Red Sox and Indians. The Sox won and got the ring that year! All my buddies were cheering for Cleveland because I don’t know how to pick friends apparently :).
On our departure date, most of the crew was driving back in a hungover state. My friend Joel and I decided we would play some golf. We weren’t feeling our best, but I was intrigued by True Blue.
The course is a neighbor to Caledonia and earned Strantz Architect of the Year in 1998. I would say this is one of, if not the best pair of public tracks along the SC coast.
Thanks again to Brian for the photos. Check him out on Instagram @virginiagolfguy and at his website vagolfguy.com.
All hole distances are from the white tees.
Hole 1 – 499 yards – Par 5
The first doglegs to the left. The drive and approach are best played up the right side. At this length, birdie is in play.
This short par 4 plays to a wide fairway. You can run put of grass on the left and a large waste area runs up the right.
This is a devastating hole if you miss. The green is surrounded by water as well as the large bunker you can see below.
This hole is almost U-shaped. The water hazard is large and dominates the hole. Shots need to be played up the right for safety.
The fairway is wider than it looks once you get past the first part of the bunker on the left.
Te drive is critical here as you have the forced carry over the hazard. There are two greens in play here, one left and one right. The drive should favor the opposite side of the fairway from whatever green is in play.
This shot is all about club selection since you do not want to be in the deep front bunker. The green slopes from right to left sharply.
Another dogleg here, this one to the right. Big hitters can carry the right corner.
First-timers may have trouble with the visuals on this tee. It doglegs to the right and then back to the left. If playing it in three keep the drive up the left center.
This one will require three shots to reach for most players. The hole doglegs severely to the right. You’ll want to avoid the waste bunker on both sides of the fairway.
It looks like a mini beach out in front of this tee. The green is somewhat tucked away to the right.
The smart play is up to the left center of this fairway, but not too far left.
The waste bunker is a menacing presence here, but there is more fairway than there appears.
Wind can be difficult here. There is the large waste bunker that runs up to the green. Most of it will be carried easily.
This is definitely a three-shot hole. The tee shot should be played up the left side. The second shot needs to be on the right side due to a large waste bunker on the left.
The play here is to the left side of the green. A large bunker that touches the water guards the right. The green slopes from left to right.
The preferred play here is up the left. Big hitters can go through the fairway if they play up the right.
This is one of the most demanding tee shots on the course. The right center of the fairway is the goal.
I think True Blue is a great introduction to Mike Strantz. It reveals some of his quirks and creativity but doesn’t bowl you over like Tobacco Road. It isn’t as penal as Tot Hill Farm. Paired with Caledonia it is a perfect half of a 36 hole day.
Look out next week for another Strantz track!