Myrtlewood Pinehills1500 48th Avenue Extension North, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577
The PineHills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club is the only course on the Grand Strand designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills. Originally opened in 1966 but redesigned in 1993 by Hills, it is a fun, medium-length golf course that offers a pure “core” golf experience—no houses line the holes, creating rows of out-of-bounds markers for players to contend with.
Like its sister Palmetto Course, the PineHills layout at Myrtlewood will not punish golfers, but rather intrigue and engage them for all 18 holes. At only 6,640 yards from the back Blue tees—par 72, its Rating of 72.0 and Slope of 133 are relatively mild, striking a pleasant balance between challenge and opportunity for low scores. Also similar to the Palmetto, the PineHills Course does not overburden players with water hazards and forced carries, instead offering the real—and, in Myrtle Beach, rare—chance of completing 18 holes with one golf ball.
Four excellent examples of the restraint with which Hills added challenges to the golf course comes on PineHills’ par threes. Two of them encourage shots shaped from right to left (the sixth and 11th) while on the other two (the fourth and 17th), a shot shaped from left to right is best.
Golfers have a real opportunity to make some hay on the par fives at the PineHills Course, with all four of them being reachable for longer hitters—they measure 505, 503, 525 and 498 yards, respectively. Good tee shots on any of them will leave the longer hitter licking his or her chops, fantasizing about making an easy birdie or elusive eagle.