The Long Bay Golf Club, Myrtle Beach

#21 of 28 in Golf in Myrtle Beach
Golf Course · Hidden Gem · Outdoor Activity
If a player can tame The Long Bay Club, they may feel confident enough to take on the Golden Bear. The Jack Nicklaus-designed course is considered one of the most difficult on the Grand Strand.

Rightfully so. Long Bay's formidable features include:

-A demanding 137 slope from the championship tees to a difficult 127 for the ladies

-Countless large man-made mounds. They're particularly lethal near the green, creating a new approach (so to speak) to your wedge game.

-Handsome but deadly par-3s, especially No. 13, a mid-iron test to an island green.

-Many bottomless bunkers surrounding Long Bay's small Bermuda landing surfaces.

-And a striking horseshoe waste bunker on the courses signature hole, the 353-yard (championship tees) No. 10 has become one of the most recognized in golf.

Long Bay's par-3s are attractive, but they can be cruel to the scorecard. The best of the four is No. 13 and it's wide island green. Not a long test, this par-3 teases players with various pin placements. The hole plays a club less if the pin is on the left. Ten yards too much and players likely will visit the drop area.

Golfers likely will remember Nos. 4 and 18 (par-4s) and Nos. 11 and 15 (par 5s). No. 4 is rated the courses most difficult hole. At 472 yards from the back tees, it features a narrow fairway guarded by waste areas on both sides. The homeward bound hole demands a left-to-right tee shot to trim off the distance to the green. Both par-5s on the back nine-547 yards and 492 yards- provide different looks. No.11 is a dogleg left design to a small green protected by a horseshoe bunker. No. 15 veers to the right. Players must carry a meandering creek on their second shot and avoid a water hazard that runs by the right side of the green.

"Most of the time when players walk off the course," Roger Batton said, "they're not frustrated but they're coming back because of the challenge of it."
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  • Golf course in great shape. Tee to green. Perfect conditions. Very nice golf course.nice layout. Jack nicklaus design  more »
  • We were a group of 12 guys playing on a golf tour. The layout is very good with lots of interesting holes, the tees were a bit scruffy, the fairways were soft and playing long, the greens were good...  more »
  • You can expect a tough but fair round from this Jack Nicholas designed course. If you land in the fairway, aƧcurate iron play is needed to hold the small greens. The par 5's offer risk reward options. And the par 3's include a beautiful island hole. Gold professionals are top notch. Coupled with a large and complete practice area, this is a great place for lessons. After 5 out of 10 lessons, I shoot 13 strokes better (ask for Josh, Brandon is also good).
  • Everyone here is super,the starter is a10 handicap and is my age God bless him the course is getting some work but is very well kept, Need to play it more to get to know the holes better. But I would recommend it.

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