Man O’War5601 Leeshire Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579
Situated just off Highway 501 and open since 1996, Man O’War is one of the central part of Myrtle Beach’s best-value golf courses. Designed by Dan Maples, it is not the longest or most difficult course in the area, but it is a lot of fun and features a layout that is pure golf—houses do not line any of the fairways.
Man O’War measures some 6,967 yards, with relatively modest Rating and Slope figures of 72.4 and 130. Water comes into play on all but two holes in the form of ponds and lakes, including an 80-acre manmade one that guards the 9th and 19th holes. In fact, the unique clubhouse is built on stilts and stands not on land but over the surface of the lake.
Man O’War is one of very few golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area with bentgrass on its greens. This makes the course a particular favorite of golf vacationers from the Northeast and Canada. Able to be cut smooth and fast, bentgrass thrives in the cooler seasons, sending players flocking to Man O’War in the fall, winter and spring seasons in particular. Those putting surfaces tend to be large and well-protected by bunkers and the seemingly ubiquitous water hazards found throughout the property. Somewhat putting a bow on a round of golf at Man O’War, the 18th combines all of these elements. A reachable par five of only 494 yards from the back tees, it gives a birdie or eagle chance to anyone who can execute a good tee shot and fairway wood or long iron.