Crow Creek Golf Club240 Hickman Rd, Calabash, NC, 28467
Set in a bucolic atmosphere once the home of tobacco fields and vegetable gardens on a family farm, Crow Creek Golf Club owns ample brawn to go with its beauty. Designed by former Jack Nicklaus aide Rick Robbins, Crow Creek opened in 2000 near Calabash, N.C., with an assortment of water, bright white sand and bent grass greens ready to defend par. Some fairways feature beautiful bulkheads supporting fairways and greens above water hazards. Blessed with generous landing areas complete with bailout areas, but few, if any, tricks or gimmicks, Crow Creek dares players to hit driver.
Crow Creek provides a challenge to low-handicappers, playing to 7,101 yards from the back tees with a 74.5 rating and a 132 slope. But six sets of tees give players a great opportunity to find distances ideal for their ability. The layout ranges from 6,679 to 5,079 from the other markers with the whites measuring a comfortable 6,099 yards with a 69 rating and 126 slope. With L-93 on the putting surfaces, Crow Creek is one of only a few Myrtle Beach area courses that remain committed to bent greens.
Beginning with a short, simple par-4, the front nine is flat and open. Wind can play a factor, especially on the par-3 eighth, which requires a solid mid-iron over water. The back nine features more rolling terrain with trees lining several of the fairways. Crow Creek concludes with a challenging group of four holes capped by the par-5 18th, which extends to 538 yards from the back tees and offers little chance of getting home in two.