Myrtle Beach National: Take a Drive Through SouthCreek

An Arnold Palmer design in the heart of golf country, Myrtle Beach National’s SouthCreek doesn’t disappoint when it comes to memorable golf holes and well-manicured holes. SouthCreek is a four-star course in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” rankings. It’s a course that can be truly enjoyable to players of all skill levels, which is also its biggest downfall in terms of a true challenge.

The Course
While you cannot go wrong when playing any of the three Myrtle Beach National courses, SouthCreek may not fully satisfy the most avid golfers when it comes to length. Playing at only 6,400 yards from the back tees, SouthCreek is about more brain than brawn when it comes to shot making. Most golfers will find the waste bunkers and water hazards challenging, but the big hitters will prefer the longer holes featured at the West Course and King’s North. For the rest of the average hitters of the world, there are a number of scoring opportunities on SouthCreek. Most of the holes feature some type of water, although the water on the 1st, 8th, 12th and 17th are primarily for visual appeal. The 10th hole is one of the most picturesque with a penalizing, but beautiful lake along the right side. Even the finishing par four, 380-yard 18th hole offers a chance at birdie if golfers can carry the steep bunker guarding the green.

Golfers should keep their complaints to a minimum as the shorter length of SouthCreek is by design. Making the course more approachable gives more golfers the chance to play a Myrtle Beach National golf course, and people have taken note. Golf for Women voted the course among its “Top 100 in America.”

The Experience
Myrtle Beach National SouthCreek is certainly a great course to play in the Myrtle Beach area. The course offers all of the bells and whistles one would expect of a resort-style course – from the attentive and knowledgeable staff to the above average conditions of the grounds. Whether you’re looking to play one of the MBN courses or all three of the Arnold Palmer layouts, SouthCreek is a memorable course worthy of the Myrtle Beach National name.

The Verdict
For the non-Bubba Watsons of the world, SouthCreek’s thoughtful shorter layout provides a fun challenge. If you can hit the ball relatively straight, you should score well here. It’s an enjoyable, four-star course that the whole family can play.

(posted 6/18/14)

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