MB National SouthCreek4900 National Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579
SouthCreek is one of three 18-hole golf courses on the site of Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, one of the Grand Strand’s long-standing stalwart locations for a round (or two, or three). Originally opened in 1973, the course is the product of the vision of both architect Francis Duane and collaborator Arnold Palmer.
The SouthCreek Course is an excellent exercise in restraint. It is one of Myrtle Beach’s shorter golf courses, at only 6,416 yards, par 72, from the back Blue tees. And while there are a number of holes that can become opportunities for birdies, there is still a premium on hitting quality shots. This is especially true off the tees, as the fairways are often narrow, well protected and curving to the left or right.
A number of holes at SouthCreek encourage players to swing thoughtfully, rather than recklessly. Many par fours feature a fairway bunker on one side of the fairway or another, placed such that most players are left to decide between hitting a driver past it or a long iron or fairway wood short of it. Other decisions come as a result of well-hidden hole locations—to pursue or to play safe?
SouthCreek works itself up to an excellent three-hole finish. The 16th is a reachable downhill par five with a very sneaky pond and a number of bunkers complicating the approach, be it with a wedge or a 3 wood. The penultimate hole is a short, uphill par three where players have to trust their swings because they will not be able to see where the ball finishes on the undulating, crowned green. Then number 18 swings back downhill and to the left around a series of mounds and over a railroad tie-lined bunker.