We enjoy helping golfers by giving them tips on how to play our partner golf courses here on Tee It Up Grand Strand. Today we take a look at the International Club of Myrtle Beach. They have some challenging and fun par 5s and we have some tips to share on how to take advantage of these holes and maybe make some birdies. This Willard Byrd design built in 2000 is a hidden gem of a course that has quietly become a favorite stop of locals and visitors alike.
The 508 yard 5th hole is the first par 5 we come to on the round. It has a very demanding tee shot through a narrow shoot of trees to the fairway. Although it may be reachable in two shots by some longer hitters, most golfers need to layup considering the narrow entryway to the green. A good 2nd shot will leave a short iron or wedge into the green that is tucked in behind some bunkers. Par is a good score on this good par 5.
The 9th hole is a 486 yard par 5 that is a slight double-dogleg to a smaller green. The play off the tee is to the right side of the fairway to allow for a good angle for the second shot. Longer hitters might be able to navigate the corner and have a shot at the green, while the rest of us will need to position the ball into a great spot to hit a wedge into the green on the third shot. Be careful of the water short and right of the putting surface. An errant shot could mean a big number. We expect to make par on this hole.
As we turn to the back nine we reach the 454 yard 12th hole that is a green light special. The landing area off the tee is wide and receptive to tee shots. A solid tee shot should give us a chance at reaching the green in two, but for the golfers that do not want to be that aggressive the is enough room in the layup area to set up a wedge shot for the approach. The green is receptive, so a good shot should lead to a birdie chance for sure!
The finishing hole is a tough test of golf and one heck of a way to finish a round of golf. At 526 yards it is the longest par 5 on the course. Not only is is long, but the fairway is narrow with water halfway down on the right hand side. It will take three very good shot to reach this green in regulation. Golfers that walk off the course with a finishing par or better should consider themselves lucky to finish strong.
For more information or to make a tee time visit www.internationalclubgolf.com or call the golf shop at 843.651.9995.