We have a real treat on this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand as we visit the World Tour Golf Links in the heart of Myrtle Beach. We will take a look at the Championship 9 which is the back 9 on the golf course. As we know every hole is a replica or was inspired by a hole from a golf course played by the PGA Tour players.
The Championship 9 contains holes from courses that have hosted all four major championships: The Masters, US Open, The Open Championship and PGA Championship. Golfers are treated to a one-of-a-kind experience when they make the turn and take on the back 9 at World Tour.It starts with a wonderful par 4 that pays tribute to the 18th hole at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. The challenge to this hole is the severely sloped putting surface. Several US Opens have been settled on this very green.
The 3rd hole is a very short but daunting par 3 designed after the 8th hole at Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, the shortest hole on any of the 9 British Open courses. Short does not mean easy in this case. The “Postage Stamp” hole as it has become known as is downhill with 2 deep bunkers on either side waiting to swallow wayward tee shots.
The next three holes pay homage to “Amen Corner” at Augusta National. The 11th, 12th and 13th holes at Augusta have become the most famous 3 hole stretch in all of golf. The fate of the Masters can be made or lost on this stretch of holes every April. There is even a creek winding through the holes just as Rae’s Creek does in Augusta, GA. This is probably the best part of the entire golf course at World Tour.
The 8th hole on the Championship Course is inspired by the par 4 14th hole at Oakmont Country Club. The challenge here is off the tee. Golfers must avoid the 13 “church pew” bunkers that run down the left side of the fairway. Oh and then hit the correct part of a 46 yard deep green.
The finishing hole at World Tour Golf Links is a tribute to the King, Arnold Palmer. The 11th hole at Bay Hill Golf Club in Orlando, Florida is the inspiration for the 9th hole on the Championship side. A dog-leg left with water running down the left side makes for a tough driving hole. Bunkers line the right side of the fairway so accuracy is at a premium. The green sits elevated just in front of the clubhouse and provides a fantastic view as golfers come up the fairway.
A trip to World Tour Golf Links is such a unique experience that golfers will start counting the days till the next time they can play it again as soon as they leave the parking lot.