Glen Dornoch4840 Glen Dornoch Way, Little River, SC, 29566
With a flurry of trio of beautiful, yet dangerous holes, the finish at Glen Dornoch Golf Links is one of the most talked about for golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. Utilizing a spectacular piece of property along the Intracoastal Waterway, architect Clyde Johnston designed a 6,890-yard course guaranteed to challenge even a scratch golfer. The combination of water, pot bunkers and coastal breezes makes shotmaking paramount at the Little River course, which opened in 1996. The TifEagle Bermuda greens are quick and undulating.
No low round is secured until the approach finds land at No. 18, a 455-yard, par-4 challenge that requires tackling several difficult elements – gusting breezes, a forced carry over marsh to a fairway guarded by the waterway on the left and trees to the right, a long approach and pot bunkers. The putting surface is a double green shared with No. 9 alongside the waterway. The scenic stretch run begins at No. 16, a par-4 that drops dramatically downhill from a crest in the fairway, making proper club selection off the tee imperative. The second shot down over wetlands along the waterway must navigate the breezes to find a modest-sized target. Wetlands surround the green at the 212-yard, par-3 17th on three sides.
Glen Dornoch Golf Links features five holes along the waterway and a number of breathtaking views. The difficulty of the par-72 layout is clear from the 145 slope that accompanies a 73.1 rating. Five of the course’s par-4s play to less than 400 yards from the back tees, but all require good club selection and solid course management skills. The front nine opens with two short par-4s in the first three holes before closing with a 460-yarder that finishes with No. 18 along the waterway.