We are visiting one of the most fun golf courses in Myrtle Beach today on Tee It Up Grand Strand. River Oaks Golf Plantation is the stop as we check in with our friend and PGA Head Golf Professional, Scott Taylor. He was recently named “PGA Head Golf Professional of the Year” by TheGolfDirector.com Magazine for the outstanding work he has done guiding the resurgence of River Oaks back into the forefront of the Myrtle Beach golf community.
River Oaks is a 27-hole facility designed by Gene Hamm and Tom Jackson. All three nines provide a different feel and challenge to golfers of all ages and skill levels. We are taking a look at the Fox Course here and will highlight some of the holes and features of this 9-hole stretch of the golf course.
The first hole is a straightforward long par 5 with a very wide landing area in the fairway that tapers as the fairways slopes up toward the green. The second shot is a tight shot for long hitters that can go for the green. For the short hitters be sure to leave the approach shot on the right and side of the fairway for a straight shot into the green. It is a fun hole to start the round on.
No.2 is a short par 4 that turns lefts as it goes. A draw down the fairway is the aggressive shot to have a wedge shot into the green. If that shot isn’t in the bag a simple layup to the corner leaves under 150 yards into a small green.
The par 3 3rd hole is a 150 yard par 3 to a slightly elevated green. The tough part here is not seeing the putting surface and all the sand short and right of the green.
The 6th hole is the No.1 handicap hole on the Fox Course. This 400 yard par 4 presents a challenge right from the tee with water off the tee on the right and once the fairway is reached there are bunkers left and right to catch errant tee balls. The long shot to the slightly elevated green that is narrow and is guarded by 2 large greenside bunkers. Any wayward shot spells trouble and can lead to a big score.
The Fox Course finishes with a fun and challenging par 4 that comes back to the bridge to the clubhouse. With condos and out-of-bounds the length of the hole on the left and a large pot bunker with water on the right, it takes some nerve off the tee. The water continues to guard the green off the right hand side making accuracy on the approach shot very important. A large, receptive green awaits a good iron shot that can lead to a birdie putt and great finish to this fun 9 holes.