Oyster Bay614 Lake Shore Dr., Sunset Beach, NC, 28459
Flowing through scenic wetlands and pines along the Calabash River, Oyster Bay Golf Club has been one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most spectacular golf courses since opening three decades ago in Sunset Beach, N.C. Recognized for its combination of challenge and beauty, Oyster Bay consistently receives high marks among players, even garnering a rare 5-star rating from Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” reviewers in 2003.
Architect Dan Maples stringed together a collection of signature holes, including a memorable trio of par-5s, an iconic short par-4 and a pair of island green par-3s. The large Tif Eagle Bermuda putting surfaces feature several dramatic undulations, adding to the difficulty of a par-70 layout that carries a 72.1 rating and a 136 slope despite measuring less than 6,700 yards from the tips.
Ironically, two of the shortest and perhaps easiest holes are among the most photographed in the Myrtle Beach area – but deservedly so. A shell wall bolsters the green of the 330-yard 13 above a freshwater lake on the right. Trademark oyster shells ring the long, diagonally shaped island target at No. 17, which measures 165 yards from the back tees, but requires only a wedge from the other tees.
Conversely, the 470-yard 16th hole may be the toughest par-4 in the area, considering the long carries required on both the tee shot and approach and the lake that extends along the entire right side. Pristine water hazards, white sand bunkers and artistically sculpted fairways make Nos. 5 and 9 unforgettable par-5s.