Designed by none other than Jack Nicklaus himself, Long Bay Club, opened in 1998, continues to be touted as one of the most challenging and difficult courses along The Grand Strand. Long Bay has earned a rating of 4.5 stars by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play 2006”as well as claiming 3 of the strands greatest holes (10, 13, and 18) in The Sun News book “100 Greatest Holes along the Grand Strand”.
Surrounded by water the par 3 13th islands green is one of the strands most famous holes. At 156 yards and reminiscent of TPC Sawgrass, this is sure to prove a fast favorite. The par 3 17th hole, with a patch of Bermuda surrounded by 8 bunkers, will leave a lasting impression as well. You will have an instant appreciation for the “handsome yet deadly” description offered up by many when referring to Long Bays par 3s.
Many say that the par 4 10th is Long Bays signature hole. At only 352 yards, this hole will cause even the most avid golfer to sweat. With an immense horseshoe shaped bunker staring you down as if begging for you to feed it, you quickly realize that a drive into this bunker will eliminate any hope of a par. Beyond the mouth of the intimidating sand monster is the elevated green with steep sides all the way around. Keep it in the middle of the fairway and you should be in good shape. Regardless of the outcome, birdie, par, or even a double bogie, the 10th is an amazing hole.
Long Bays par 5s offer power drivers and opportunity to reach the green in two but, will still require focus and precision play. Whether surrounded by deep bunkers or a landing area likened to a roller coaster, the par 5s may allow you to pick up a few strokes or at least give you a little breathing room.
While you will encounter plenty of hazards while navigating your way down the mound lined fairways, over a creek, or trying to avoid one of the bunker “beach” areas, a birdie putt will be in reach for some while others may be drawing snowmen on their card. Either way, Long Bay’s par 5’s help complete one of the most exhilarating rounds of golf offered up along the Grand Strand.
So, no matter your handicap or skill level, you are sure to enjoy a golf experience that only the Golden Bear himself could offer up. As you stand at the tee box on 18, take a moment and pay homage to one of the all-time golf greats. Then continue on to the clubhouse for a cold beverage and leave knowing that you have just conquered some of the greatest holes offered up in the Myrtle Beach area.
For more information about the Long Bay Club, please visit, www.longbayclub.com.