LEOPARD'S CHASE Golf Club (800-233-1801)
Myrtle Beach Golf Course review
The Ocean Ridge Plantation group of golf courses includes 4 stunning layouts - Lion's Paw, Panther's Run, Tiger's Eye and Leopard's Chase. The photos in this review are of Leopard's Chase, A Tim Cate's design that was named by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine as one of the "Top 10 Best New Courses in America" for 2007 and "Top 10 Best Public Courses in North Carolina for 2012-2013". Some of the most recent awards and accolades for Ocean Ridge Plantation golf courses are:
- April 2018 - Leopard's Chase® and Tiger's Eye® were ranked #45 and #51 respectively among all private, public and resort golf courses in the state by Business North Carolina Magazine and The NC Golf Panel. Leopard's Chase moved up 3 positions and Tiger's Eye held firm to its spot from last year.
- April 2018 - Leopard's Chase® and Tiger's Eye® were ranked #11 and #13 respectively among all public and semi-private golf courses in the state by Business North Carolina Magazine and The NC Golf Panel. Both Courses moved up one spot from last year's rankings. They are the two highest ranking public courses in our region!
- April 2018 – Panther's Run joined Leopard's Chase and Tiger's Eye in the Top 50 Courses You Can Play list, debuting at #50.
- April 2018 Leopard's Chase® Golf Club was named by GolfWeek Magazine as among North Carolina's Best Courses You Can Play for 2018. Leopard's Chase® was ranked #10 on this list of the Best Public Courses in NC, moving up one position from 2017
- April 2018 Tiger's Eye® Golf Links was named by GolfWeek Magazine as among North Carolina's Best Courses You Can Play for 2018. Tiger's Eye® was ranked #14 on this list of the Best Public Courses in NC. Tiger's Eye was unranked in 2017.
Leopard's Chase is another one of Tim Cate's Modern gems - as scenic as it enjoyable to play. The course mixes it all in - forced carries, generous landing areas, gorgeous landscaping, strategic bunkering, beautiful water hazards, dramatic elevation changes, and multiple tee boxes that affords golfers of all skill levels with an opportunity to enjoy their experience here.
As the images in this review indicate, the varied terrain translates into stunning vistas. There are a total of 68 sand hazards on the course - we say hazards because many of these bunkers are sprawling and the number includes numerous expansive waste areas - all filled with beautiful white sand. Water in the form of ponds, lakes, creeks and marshes, comes into play on 17 holes - all but the par three16th.
Perimeter high grasses add to the aesthetic beauty, but should not come into play. Most fairways are heavily mounded and the green complexes are large and undulating, but have significant recovery room. The par three 4th with a rock retaining wall, and the par three 8th both feature carries and are beautiful water hazards. The back side includes extensive marshlands with numerous wooden bridges, and the pond fronting the closing hole features a cascading waterfall. This is one of the most photogenic nines in the Myrtle Beach area.
On property at Leopard's Chase is a clubhouse with pro shop and snack bar, and practice facilities are comprehensive with a grass range, short game area with sand bunker, plus putting green. On course yardage markers are posted at 100, 150 and 200 yards, and sprinkler heads are measured to the center of the green. Color coded flags indicate the front, middle or back pin placements.
This is one gorgeous golf course - highly recommended. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.
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