Myrtlewood Palmetto1500 48th Avenue Extension North, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577
The Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club is one of the oldest golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area, originally designed by Edmund Ault and opened in 1972. Centrally located—mere minutes from the Myrtle Beach International Airport and many of the area’s attractions and beaches—it is a pleasant place for a challenging, scenic round.
The Palmetto Course, like so many of its older brethren in the Myrtle Beach area, espouses many classical golf course architecture elements. The greens are small and often elevated above their surroundings, placing particular emphasis on ball-striking. Fairways dogleg both left and right in roughly equal measure, rewarding the player who can work the ball with confidence. Water comes into play at times, but it is often placed to the side, rather than across the line of play, meaning that higher-handicappers and female golfers need not worry as often about the dreaded “forced carries” that drive up Rating and Slope figures and punish and discourage less polished players.
The Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood enjoys a particularly pleasant setting as well, with its clubhouse overlooking the spectacular Intracoastal Waterway. A wooden sign bears arrows pointing in opposite directions, indicating that it is roughly equidistant from both New York City and Miami. The 18th hole takes full advantage of the Waterway: it plays a whopping 468 yards from the back Blue tee with the Intracoastal Waterway running down the entire left side of the hole. As if that is not enough, two bunkers guard the fairway and three more surround the green. Two excellent shots are required for the chance at a closing birdie.