Aberdeen Country Club701 Buck Trail, Longs, SC, 29568
Crafted among scenic wetlands along S.C. 9 in North Myrtle Beach, the golf course at Aberdeen Country Club offers a watery challenge requiring solid ball striking and accurate approach shots. The 27-hole complex is a nature conservancy where encounters with deer, raccoons, ducks, bluebirds and egrets are common on every hole.Architect Tom Jackson designed a winding trio of nines amidst hardwoods and an assortment of water hazards.
The longest combination of the three nines – Meadow, Woodlands and Highlands – stretches out to 6,865. The Meadows layout is about 100 yards shorter at 3,306 yards. Course ratings and slope range from 72.4 and 130 when combining Woodlands and Highlands to 71.1 and 126 for Meadow and Woodlands. Though the three nines are comparable in level of challenge, Woodlands’ cypress trees rising from wetlands offer unique beauty.
There’s water, water everywhere and players should be careful to check their yardage books for water that though flagged, can go unnoticed on some holes. The key to success is solid ball striking and thoughtful course management. The Tif Eagle Bermuda greens are smooth and resistant to unseasonable heat, rain and humidity. Jackson created a wide variety of shapes of undulating greens to test players.
The most memorable golf holes include the 216-yard par-3 eighth hole at Meadow, which requires a carry over a huge stretch of sand that fronts the putting surface. Water pinches in on a few holes at Woodlands, but perhaps the best hole on that nine is the 421-yard, par-4 fourth, which requires a drive over a creek to an approach that evades a front bunker right and water to the left. The par-5 fifth at Highlands requires strategy and solid judgment. A long carry over a waste area must be negotiated off the tee. The second shot requires a miraculous shot over sand and water to reach the heavily bunkered green in two shots.