SEA TRAIL GOLF CLUB Maples Course (800-546-5748)
Myrtle Beach Golf Course Review
General Information - the photos in this review are of the Maples Course
Sea Trail Golf Resort is conveniently located half way between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina. The property is just 5 minutes from the beach (with free resort shuttle service), and features 1-4 bedroom villas, 54 holes of championship golf, swimming, tennis, a fitness center, onsite dining, children's activities, and over 62,000 square feet of meeting space, with resort and golf packages including AAA discounts available. For more info, visit the resort's website by click on this link www.SeaTrail.com or call 800-508-1204.
The Jones and Byrd courses are serviced by the same clubhouse, which includes a pro shop, restaurant/lounge serving breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in season, a snack bar, outing facility and adjacent convention center. The main practice facility is here - with putting greens, a grass range and a beautiful short game area with sand bunker, ideal for honing pitching and chipping skills from varied distances. The Maples Course is a couple miles away and has its own clubhouse, with snack area and pro shop, plus practice green.
The three courses utilize the same marking system, with 100, 150 and 200 yard blocks on the fairways and cart paths, plus sprinkler heads that are measured to the center of the green, 150 yard stakes are situated in the middle of the fairways on all par fours and fives, and daily pin placement sheets provide info on hole locations.
THE MAPLES COURSE has 4 sets of tee areas that play to distances and slopes measuring 6740 yards/130 slope, 6251 yards/126 slope, 5561 yards/115 slope and 4621 yards with a slope of 110 from the red tees. There are 56 soft sand bunkers situated about the course, and water hazards (with a few forced carries) come into play on 9 holes. The par three 2nd with water and bunkers in front, and the par fifth 13th which features an approach over a lake, are two holes with beautiful water features.
Several holes also feature sprawling, landscaped waste areas. Most of the green complexes are gently raised and mildly undulating - land in regulation and good scores can be had here. Miss slightly and low running ships on the generous fringes can result in up and downs. The fairways are often pine-lined but with plenty of recovery room, though some have mounding that can create tough lies.
The Maples Course presents a fair yet challenging layout, with pleasant surroundings and enough challenges that golfers of all skill levels can enjoy an experience here. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.