INERNATIONAL WORLD TOUR GOLF LINKS (843-236-2000)
Myrtle Beach Golf Course Review
World Tour Golf Links in Myrtle Beach (2004 National Golf Course of the Year) features holes inspired by the designs at revered venues such as Augusta National, Pine Valley, St Andrews, and Winged Foot. This 27-hole course features three nines with holes gaining inspiration from 23 different courses in 10 states and 4 countries! This property was not only inspired by these famous hole designs, but also from the conditions, service and amenities affiliated with these properties. From the time golfers drive down the magnolia-lined driveway until the time they leave, they will be treated to a world class experience.
The course was in the planning stages for 8 years, and play is limited to prevent overcrowding or slow play. An ambassador si assigned to each group to assure quality of service and satisfaction. Upscale residentail opportunities are available here, as 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes at the Grande Villas overlook the fabled fairways and surrounding acreage. Those interested in the security and privacy of this gated community can call 843-236-2557 for real estate opportunities.
The photos in this review are of the Open and Championship nine. The International course features holes inspired by Inverness, Valderrama, Baltrusal, Wentworth, Doral, Seminole, Spanish Bay, Royal Melbourne and Jupiter Hills. The layout plays to yardages measuring 3398, 3184, 2924 and 2373 yards, and includes 34 sand bunkers with water in play on 4 holes. each of the nines has sprinkler heads that are measured to the center of the green, plus 100, 150a nd 200 myard markers on the cart paths. Golfers will find all the ionfo they need however, from the cart mounted UpLink GPS - which provides hole diagrams and accurate information from tee to the pin.
The Open nine includes holes inspired by St Andrews, Pinehurst, TPC Sawgrass, Colonial, English Turn, Pine Valley, Augusta, and National Golf Club of Canada. Seven holes have water in play (including island greens on the third (TPC Sawgrass # 17) and fifth (English Turn par four # 15), and 42 sand bunkers are scatted about the layout. The tee boxes play to distances measuring 3235, 3026, 2859 and 2578 yards. The Champiohsip nine plays to 3290, 3188, 2967 and 2756 yards with 40 sand bunkers and water hazards in play on 4 holes. The finishing hole is a replica of Number 11 at Bay hill - other courses from which this nine gathered inspiration include Winged Foot, Cypress Point, Royal Troon (Postage Stamp), Olympic Club, Oakmont and the Amen Corner of Augusta National (holes 4,5 and 6 here serve to replicate numbers 11, 12 and 13 at Augusta).
The property features a beautiful clubhouse with finely stocked pro shop, a restaurant/lounge serving breakfast and lunch menus, banquet and outing facilities, plus locker rooms with showers for both men and women. The practice facilities are comprehensive and include a targeted grass range, short game area with sand bunker and large putting green. Tour Guide booklets are available in the pro shop - with historical facts and useful information on each of the holes. the scorecards also list the hole # and course from which each of the holes drew its inspiration.
This truly is an enjoyable golf experience! Slope ratings range from 135 to 115, inviting all levels of golfers to choose a tee box that suites their abilities. It is a challenging round from the back tees but those playing from the middle sets will find the course relaxing and enjoyable. The playing surfaces, especially the putting surfaces are kept in excellent condition - hit the ball well and you will be rewarded as the greens put quick and true. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.