Farmstead Golf Links541 McLamb Road, Calabash, NC, 28467
Farmstead Golf Links, located just over the North Carolina state line in Calabash, is one of the Grand Strand’s “hidden gem” golf courses, located minutes from the heart of Myrtle Beach.
Designed by Willard Byrd, Farmstead is a rustic, fun golfing challenge set on rolling former farmland encompassing the historic McLamb estate. The site is relatively open, with wide fairways, spacious greens and wind a near-constant presence. Compared to so many narrow, tree-lined area courses, Farmstead is a refreshing change of pace. It is especially ideal as a first course of a golf trip, given the accommodations Byrd built into so many of the fairways.
Another notable feature of Farmstead is its proximity to the North Carolina/South Carolina border. In fact, five holes on the course cross that border, the last of which being the gigantic 767-yard, par-six closing hole. A wide fairway gives players the opportunity to swing away from the tee and if they find the short grass, it is possible to plod along and reach the green—guarded by a bunker short and water left—in three, leaving an eagle putt. Another of Farmstead’s many intriguing holes is the second, which at 446 yards from the tips is the second-longest par four on the course. But due to it playing slightly downhill and with the prevailing wind, it appears considerably shorter. It requires a precision tee shot, as players must fit the ball between a fairway bunker on the left and a hazard that runs up the right side and crosses the fairway on a diagonal. If one is not careful, a seemingly perfect tee shot can end up in this hazard.