We visit one of the oldest and friendliest golf courses on the Grand Strand on this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand. We will take a look at how to play Beachwood Golf Club. This Gene Hamm design is very player friendly and yet challenging enough to entice golfers of all skill levels. No matter the age or skill level of any amateur playing Beachwood, there are some playing tips that will help keep the scores as low as possible.
First things first. Get a bag of range balls in the golf shop and take advantage of the practice facility complete with driving range, two putting and chipping greens along with a practice bunker. Make sure to take advantage of all the areas. Beachwood can require most types of shots during the course of 18 holes of play.
Driving the ball is not overly demanding on most of the holes. The fairways are lined with tall, old pines and sprinkled with a few fairway bunkers here and there but the landing areas are generous and straightforward. Position off the tee is more important than anything. Being on the proper side of the fairway and providing good angles into the green makes the approaches stress free.
Every green complex is guarded by a couple of bunkers with soft, white sand. Make sure to have the right club when hitting approach shots or a demanding sand shot will be up next. Also pay attention to the location of the various lakes and ponds found around the course. There is a water hazard on 12 of 18 holes.
Once on the green golfers are treated to some of the best putting surfaces on the beach. The large, smooth surfaces provide a treat to golfers. Putting these amazing greens are definitely the best part of playing Beachwood Golf Club. All a golfer has to do is find the line and stroke the putt into the hole. No tricks here. Make a firm and solid stroke with the putter and chances are the ball will end up near the hole if not at the bottom of it. It is truly a joy to putt at Beachwood.
After the round is finished the first thing golfers want to do is make plans for a return trip to this gem of a track in North Myrtle Beach. Make sure to get 1 of the world famous hot dogs in the grill before heading home. Accompanied with a cold beverage this is the perfect way to end a fantastic round of golf and a classic South Carolina course.