Heather Glen4650 Heather Glen Way, Little River, SC, 29566
Heather Glen Golf Links has provided a unique taste of Scottish golf to the Myrtle Beach area since opening just below the North Carolina-South Carolina state line to honors including “America’s No. 1 New Public Course” from Golf Digest in 1987. From its comfortable clubhouse to gnarly pot bunkers and large rocks, Heather Glen has a distinctive Scottish feel with numerous large oaks and tall pines adding to the mix. Clyde Johnson designed Heather Glen’s three nine-hole layouts – Red, White and Blue – each playing to a par of 36.
Each nine has unique elements and holes, but they blend together in harmony. The course’s hazards, which include several ponds and burns, generate a course rating from the back tees of between 72.4 and 73.1 and a slope of either 134 or 137, depending on the nines played. Played together, White and Blue top out at 6,822 yards, the longest of the three combinations. The Tif Dwarf Bermuda greens are smooth and undulating. Heather Glen has long enjoyed a reputation for consistently good playing conditions.
The Scottish flavor includes colorful names for holes such as “Wunz Moor” and “Fin Me Oot.” The White course is known for its difficult finish, the par-4 eighth, a dogleg left around water, and the par-5 ninth “Home Hole,” which offers long hitters a heroic option with a long second shot over water to a putting surface protected in part by a tall pine next to the clubhouse. No. 8 on the Red course, the par-3 “Lunar Hole,” features a pond framed by granite with the green surrounded by “moon” crater bunkers. No. 9 on Blue, “Bunker’s Hill,” flows uphill on the approach with nine pot bunkers guarding a large green that slopes front to back.