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Woodland Valley

Formerly Diamond Back. This modern Russell Breeden design is surrounded by unspoiled natural wetlands and lowcountry forest. Diamond Back will be the first on the Grand Strand to feature Jensen Ultra Dwarf greens. Strategically placed bunkers and lakes allow for a challenging round of golf that will make you return year after year. Conveniently located just minutes from North Myrtle Beach on Highway 9, this course is a "must play" on your next golf outing. Be prepared to show your wounds!

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Course Review: April 11th, 2013 9 Course Review

Good evening to all Myrtle Beach golf lovers! 

Four psychopaths (as you are probably too) did invade Myrtle Beach for nine days, between April 11 and April 19 (with a stop in Virginia at Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg on Saturday, April 20). Our handicaps vary from 2 to 15 (Im the 15)! Weather was almost perfect for all our stay and really not as windy as were accustomed to.

We did leave Quebec City at 3 AM on Wednesday, April 9, and the trip down was an uneventful one. We did make a stop for the night (after driving about 18 hours) to Rocky Mount at the Marriott Courtyard, wich we do recommend without a doubt (payed 65 $ a room through Priceline)! When we did arrive, at 9 PM, it was& 91 degrees Farenheit! Yessssssssssssssssssss!

Lodging this year was once again at Barefoot Yacht Club Villas in a four bedrooms/four bathrooms condo. Fifth time weve been there and it will be our operationally base for our other buddies trips to come. Plenty of room, well located and all the luxury you can look for. We highly recommend! The only setback we got was the fact that the cleaning hasnt been done on our arrival. We did have to call the manager to proceeed and by 7 PM, we were finally able to enjoy our place!

Since were having two great cooks in our foursome, we didnt visit restaurants. But let me tell you that our beer and wine budget was again a bit above the one about food (we do always surprise staff at Bi-Lo and at Costco when we do our groceries)! We also paid a visit to Three Doll House and had a great time over there last wednesday night!

OK& now, as youll see, we tried to make an honest evaluation of all the courses we played. And make no mistake : all the courses we had the privilege to visit were fine. But since we had to compare each of them to the others, youll understand that there all little « gaps » between the CREAM OF THE CROP... and the GREATS. 

Finally, as it was the case last year with our latest version of our Golfapalooza, our group decided to award our own version of the green jacket... to the worst player at the end of each day. The green jacket Im talking about was a green blouse with a Madonna on the back& something really cheesy. And at each dinner back at our condo, the recipient of the green jacket had to recite three golf prayers. It was pretty funny!

Another pretty funny thing : on the first course we played during our trip (Possum Trot), we had an interesting challenge : the player with the best total score on the four Par 3s had the privilege to select

The best bedroom in the condo (the canopy bed with handcuffs hahaha!!!). The second one was able to pick second and so on. I did finished second!

So, enough for the introduction& Now, lets play!

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 11  POSSUM TROT AT 11:15 (par 72, 6966 yards from the blue tees  wich are the back tees down there)

 

Temperature : 75 degrees and sunny for all the duration of our round

 

After 21 hours of driving, we were really happy to eliminate the « golf rust » and play a course like Possum Trot to begin our 7th edition of our own Golfapalooza. I know, I know : its not the most popular one in the MB area, but to  begin a golf trip, its really more than convenient. Pretty wide fairways did give each of us the opportunity to try to hit the little white ball hard. Not really the best thing to hit from the back tees (Im not of the caliber to play from that far behind, but anyway, were here to have some fun and stick together as a group). Overall conditions were good, but not great. Nothing to say about teeboxes. Fairways and rough would have benefit of a bit of more coverage. As for the greens, the first seven werent on par in terms of nice standards for Myrtle Beach (they were bumpy and coverage wasnt 100 %). But starting from the 8th green, it was easy to see the difference in a positive way. As for speed, all the guys agreed they were a bit too slow. Staff was somewhat indifferent from the counter through the starter, but we didnt really care, since we were able to start earlier than expected (we were scheduled for 12:04).

 

Our evaluation

 

Clubhouse : 6/10

Bag drop/Staff : 6/10

Ambiance : 7/10

Teeoffs : 8/10

Fairways : 7/10

Rough : 7/10

Sandtraps : 8/10

Greens : 7/10

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Average : 56/80 (70 %)

 

MMH (most memorable hole) : Hole #18 (A 535 yards par 5 where its almost impossible to reach the green in two, since theres a lake protecting almost all the front of the green. The par 3 13th  I guess its their signature hole was a nice one too. At 203 yards, it was quite a challenge).

P. S. : Cart girl was really a "non factor" today (WTF not having any sandwiches inside her cart?)! ;-)

FRIDAY, APRIL 12  CROW CREEK AT 9:00 (par 72, 6679 yards from the blue tees)

Temperature : 74 degrees, cloudy to begin the round, then partly cloudy with light winds

First time ever at this golf facility and let me tell you it wont be the last. Very very courteous staff from bag drop to restaurant and also at the pro shop. The day began on the wrong side in terms of weather, with two or three thunderstorms very early. It was still a bit rainy when we headed to the course (about a 25 minute drive from BYCV. When we got there, the parking lot was almost empty (a lot of people did cancel their round& wich was a really bad idea). But the radar was showing signs for improvement, wich was the case& fortunately. Unfortunately, because of all the rain, it was cart path only, wich made the round a bit longer than what we expected at first (almost five hours). There was also the foursome in front of us who was very slow (the marshall did his best to make those guys move a bit faster at the turn and things did improved a bit afterward). As for conditions, despite the rain we got before, Crow Creek was in great condition, except for the waste bunkers and some sand traps, where there was too much water. Grass was abundant in the wide fairways and also in the roughs. Greens were surprisingly fast and hard to read despite the rain we got before. For those who never played Crow Creek, its surprising how much water there is on the course. If youre a righty and have a tendency to slice, beware, because youll pay the price, since there is water on at least 13 holes from what I can remember. All in all, when you see the course from HWY 17, it may seem boring, but its really not the case. And we do recommend without a doubt to give Crow Course a try. I was about to forget : we did get free lunch and two beers each, a bonus we didnt expected when we booked our package.

 

Our evaluation

Clubhouse : 9/10
Bag drop/Staff : 9.5/10
Ambiance : 7/10
Teeoffs : 9/10
Fairways :  8.5/10
Rough : 8/10
Sandtraps : 6/10
Greens : 8/10


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Average : 65/80 (81.3 %)

 

MMH : Hole #4 (a 375 yards par 4 with where you have to deal with an intimidating second shot to a green well protected by water just in front of it. Better favor the left portion of that green. If not, youll find yourself in the same situation as three of us (including myself)& in the water!

P. S. : Cart girl was a non factor today (and no sandwiches available& WTF) 

SATURDAY, APRIL 13  SHAFTESBURY GLEN AT 9:04 (par 72, 6935 yards from the blue tees and 6445 from the white tees)

Temperature : 73 degrees and mostly sunny 

When the sky is blue to begin the day, you know youre in for a great one, wich was the case at Shaftesbury Glen. I will not say its the most spectacular layout on the Strand, but it is some test of golf with those elevated greens that are pretty well protected by massive sand traps! We learned quickly that you need one more club than usual to be able to reach each green. Unfortunately, it was CPO for a second day in a row, wich made our round a bit less memorable, since it can be quite hard to judge correctly wich club to use on certain shots from the cart path when you ball is at the opposite side of the alley! Dont know if that course is supposed to drain itself fast, but it wasnt the case today (we have to deal with a lot of mud balls from both the fairways and from the roughs). Since sand traps are a big part of that course, it was better to try to avoid them, since the sand was a bit too packed because of the rain that felt the day before. But we all had to experiment them, with mixed results! As for the greens, it was for sure the best part of the course. They were relatively quick despite yesterdays rain and rolled true. Staff was (just) OK! From our standpoint, Shaftesbury Glen represents a good mid-tier course that you have to give it a try if it hasnt been on your list yet.

Our evaluation

Clubhouse : 8/10
Bag drop/Staff : 7/10
Ambiance : 8/10
Teeoffs : 8.5/10
Fairways :  7.5/10
Rough : 7.5/10
Sandtraps : 7.5/10
Greens : 9/10

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Average : 63/80 (78.7 %)

 

MMH : Hole #13 (a long and really tough par 3  210 yards from the blue tees and 185 from the whites  Water on the left side and two big traps on both sides of the entrance of the elevated green and another trap at the right back side).

P. S. : The cart girl was really really cute (probably in her early twenties). Lets give her a solid 8.5 (on a scale of 10)!

SUNDAY, APRIL 14  THISTLE AT 9 (Mackay and Cameron par 72, 6495 yards from the blue tees and 6041 from the white tees)

Temperature : 74 degrees, partly cloudy and the wind was almost non-existent.

Thistle is a links style golf course with plenty of water and sand traps on each and every hole! And if your game isnt in top shape, you can feel like its a long day. Anyway, I dont know if its because spring was tougher than usual in the area, but the course wasnt in great condition as it should be. Greens were just OK, to say the least (with pin placement brutal", but the rest of the course seems like we were playing in winter conditions. Roughs were still dormant and fairways werent as plush as what we got the day before at Shaftesbury Glen. Grass was lacking on many edges around greens and sand traps were mostly in bad shape. Also, besides the starter, who was very pleasant to deal with, the guy at the pro shop was a non factor, as were the guys at the bag drop (prefer not to comment about the cart gir). Yet, there was no chaos on this Masters Sunday& So, for customer service, it could have been better. And for our prior experience (two years ago), Thistle was a notch (would say even two) below its own standards today&

 

Our evaluation

Clubhouse : 9/10
Bag drop/Staff : 7/10
Ambiance : 7.0/10
Teeoffs : 6/10
Fairways :  7/10
Rough : 7/10
Sandtraps :  7/10
Greens : 7.5/10
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Average : 57.5/80 (71.8 %)

Hole #9 on Cameron (a 500 yards par 5 from the blue tees  477 from the whites) Not an excessively long par five, but pretty narrow. There is water all along the right side of the hole and the wood on the left is pretty near too. So you need to be precise on your tee shot. If not, forget about making a birdie or even a par.

P. S. : Cart girl was a non factor&

MONDAY, APRIL 15  WORLD TOUR AT 9 (par 72 for the Open Nine and the Championship Nine, 6525 yards from the Tournament tees and 6114 yard from the Back tees  We did also play the International Nine  3398 yards from the Tournament tees and 3184 from the Back tees)

Temperature : 72 degrees, cloudy with light winds

First of all, Monday after the Masters is always a tough day for us to play golf, since the Sunday evening was almost a drunken night out with a lot of beer, wine, rhum and Amaretto, celebrating Adam Scotts win at Augusta (in fact, each year, were celebrating the Masters winner, so...). Waking up this morning was tough, but since we knew what we were expecting, we were pretty pumped up for the World Tour challenge. But one big disappointment when we arrived : course was CPO. Pretty tough to find your rhythm and, once again, difficult to pick the right club for certain shots! Nevertheless, overall conditions on all three nines were pretty good! We did love the layouts. Greens on Open and Championship nines were fantastic (a little notch below on the International nine, but great there too). Staff was friendly and helpful from bag drop through starter/ambassador. So, besides the CPO thing and a few sand traps who were almost unplayable because of Mother Nature, nothing to complain about! Were happy to play there and would recommend World Tour without a doubt.

Our evaluation 

Clubhouse : 9.5/10
Bag drop/Staff : 8.5/10
Ambiance : 8.5/10
Teeoffs : 9/10
Fairways :  9/10
Rough : 9/10
Sandtraps : 7/10
Greens : 9.5/10
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Average : 70/80 (87.5 %)

MMH : Hole #9 on the Championship nine, a 420 yards par 4 from the Tournament tees and a 395 yards from the Back tees. You had enough space to spread your tee shot, but beware for your next one, because the entrance to the green is really well protected with water on the left and two sand traps on the right. Also, the green is a tough one to putt on (the first section is pretty inclined.

P. S. : Cart girl a non factor today!

TUESDAY, APRIL 16  TPC AT 9 (par 72, 6700 yards from the gold tees and 6393 from the blue tees)

Temperature : 76 degrees, clear skies and almost no wind

Perfect day for golf my friends! It was our second time here for my three buddies (we played in 2008) and like the first time, we were really impressed by this golf facility. Was able to say Hello to Sir Keith Stanzell on our arrival and we were set to go almost right away. The course itself was in great shape. But like many forum members said in other reports, greens were as hard as concrete and really really fast. If youre not a high ball striker, you could be in big trouble. Better always go for the front of the greens, wherever the pins are located. We loved the layout, specially the last two holes (a difficult par 3 and a small par 5 with great view of the clubhouse). The only (little) setback was the sand traps (with all the rain the area got the days prior to our visit, it was mission impossible to make them in normal conditions). In my own book, TPC is in my Top 5 in Myrtle Beach and I would play this course on a regular basis for sure if I was a local! 

Our evaluation 

Clubhouse : 9.5/10
Bag drop/Staff : 9/10
Ambiance : 8.5/10
Teeoffs : 9/10
Fairways :  9/10
Rough : 9/10
Sandtraps : 7.5/10
Greens : 9/10
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Average : 70.5/80 (88.1 %)

MMH : Hole #18, a 515 yards par 5  from the gold tees (496 from the blue tees) with a wonderful view of the clubhouse. Beware not to miss your tee shot, since the alley isnt as wide as you think. Also, unless youre a very long hitter, forget trying to go for the green in two, since the entrance is very well protected on both sides (plenty of water on the left and a few sand traps on the right). Green is pretty wide but as slick as the others (dont land your ball too far away from the pin, if so, youll pay the price and make three putts).

P. S. : Cart girl was a wonderful one! A beautiful blonde woman who was really kind with us and her numerous passages (we saw her four or five times). A 9 on a scale of 10!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17  HEATHER GLEN AT 9 (par 72, 6783 from the blue tees and 6325 yards from the white tees)

Temperature : 79 degrees, sunny skies with no wind

First time ever on this course on another perfect day for golf and it didnt disappoint, except for customer service, who was once again lacking, except for the starter, who was a great fellow to talk with and really informative about the course. We did play the Red and the White nines. A tree line kind of course with plenty of changing elevations and many bunkers to deal with. A few teeboxes needed some work, but fairways and roughs were top notch (grass was abundant). As for the greens, they were in great conditions, but a notch or two slower than what we used to play so far on this trip. We had a lot of difficulties to adjust to those greens. A real nice course that we do recommend (even if the staff the day we were here didnt seem to care& We would have appreciate to feel a bit more welcome).

Our evaluation

Clubhouse : 7/10
Bag drop/Staff : 5/10
Ambiance : 7/10
Teeoffs : 7/10
Fairways :  8.5/10
Rough : 8.5/10
Sandtraps : 8/10
Greens : 8.5/10
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Average : 59.5/80 (74.4 %)

MMH : Hole #6 on the Red nine (a short par 5 - 484 yards from the blue tees and 461 yards from the whites). Heres a green you can easily reach in two. Im saying that because if I was able to do so, the vast majority of you could too). Aim your tee shot on the left center of the fairway and if youre long enough, you can benefit of the downhill lie. After that, you just have to avoid a little bunker on the left center before the green and you can shoot for eagle& wich I did miss. I did also miss my birdie opportunity& but made par).

P. S. : Cart girl was late for work today. A beautiful brunette who was just happy to drive her cart and never stop to ask if we were in need for something. At least, she looked nice!

THURSDAY, APRIL 18  GLEN DORNOCH AT 8:28 (par 71, 6446 from the blue tees)

Temperature : 73 degrees, under cloudy skies

First time with my boys at this course and it was an unanimous decision : this is the best layout we did play during this trip. Variety from one hole to another, a lot of elevation changes, greens in superb shape. It was really difficult to ask more for a golf challenge. And how about the last stretch of that course (16, 17, and 18)! Probably the most intimidating trio of finishing holes on the Grand Strand (even if wind wasnt really a factor when we played those holes). Personally, I do prefer 16-18 at Rivers Edge, but those here at Glen Dornoch are a real close second! Holes #8 and #9 have their own charm too. Fairways and roughs were in great conditions, but a few tee boxes seem to need some work. And probably for the first time this week, sand traps were also in great conditions (not as packed like what we did experiment earlier in the week. Definitely a MUST PLAY if youre planning a golf trip in Myrtle Beach in the near future!

Our evaluation 

Clubhouse : 8.5/10
Bag drop/Staff : 8.5/10
Ambiance : 8/10
Teeoffs : 7/10
Fairways : 8.5/10
Rough : 8.5/10
Sandtraps : 8.5/10
Greens : 9/10

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Average : 67.5/80 (84.3 %)

MMH : Tough choice today. Would go with hole #8 (a long 540 yards par 5 with a view of the Waterway. From an elevated tee, you have plenty of room to deal with when you hit your first ball, but with the wind on your face, its impossible to reach the green in two. Your third shot needs to be precised, since there are seven sand traps protecting the green).

P. S. : Cart girl was a non factor today.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19  CAPE FEAR NATIONAL AT  8:00 (par 72, 6634 yards from the championship tees)

Temperature : 72 degrees, cloudy and windy (with one five minute shower)

Fourth year in a row that we visited that course and the Wow factor was still there today. And that impression lasts through the whole round. This course is really challenging and it makes me remember a bit Leopards Chase. Water is in play for maybe 15 of the 18 holes and it can really eat your lunch if youre not precise... or have the lucky bouces! Everything was almost perfect from start at the clubhouse till the end of this golf experience. Greens were really fast (11 on the stimpmeter) and rolled trues! We had to be always aware of landing our golf balls at the beginning of each greens on our approach shots. All in all, a place we love to finish our MB golf trip if youre heading north afterward and we do STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you do the same on your next MB golf trip, even if the distance can be a factor. Cape Fear National is interesting, challenging and fun to play. It is well worth the drive from almost any part of the Grand Strand and if it was closer to Myrtle Beach, it would probably be in the top 5. One suggestion before I forget : if youre coming for an early tee time, have breakfast before arriving to the course, since the restaurant out there only opens at 11:00 AM.

Our evaluation

Clubhouse : 9/10
Bag drop/Staff : 9/10
Ambiance : 8/10
Teeoffs : 9/10
Fairways : 9/10
Rough : 9/10
Sandtraps : 9/10
Greens : 9.5/10

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Average : 71.5/80 (89.4 %)

MMH : Hole #8 (a 500 yards par 5 that is protected by water down the entire right side, with two well defined doglegs that will help you take that water out of play if youre precise. Almost impossible to reach the green in two, because you need outstanding length and accuracy to avoid the water and a large greenside bunker.)

P. S. : cart girl (once again) was a non factor!

So, our palmares for this golf trip :

1. Possum Trot (70 %)
2. Thistle (71.8 %)
3. Heather Glen (74.4 %)
4. Shaftesbury Glen (78.7 %)
5. Crow Creek (81.3 %)
6. Glen Dornoch (84.3 %)
7. World Tour (87.5 %)
8. TPC (88.1 %)
9. Cape Fear National (89.4 %)

May we do recommend all those courses right now without any problem!

Besides, like Im always saying, take all this like a grain of salt and always remember what I wrote first : all the courses were great! So, dont take our ranking too seriously (your opinion is as valuable as ours).

I guess this is it for now. Cant wait for our next trip, probably in April 2014!

Thank you for reading. If you ever have any comments, do not hesitate! Thank you also to all people who made this magnificient trip possible (they will recognize themselves for sure)!

Au revoir!

Take care all!

Denis Gilbert
Quebec City, Canada

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