River Oaks Golf Plantation831 River Oaks Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579
River Oaks Golf Plantation offers nine-hole layouts from designers Gene Hamm and Tom Jackson that feature Champion Bermuda greens, which combined with recent tree removal, give the facility, which opened in 1987, a fresh, new look. The 27 holes run along the east bank of the Intracoastal Waterway and the heart of Myrtle Beach.
The Fox, Otter and Bear layouts meander over 800 acres, providing an open feel enhanced by the removal of more than 2,500 trees during a 2011 renovation. River Oaks plays to a maximum of 6,877 yards in a combination of the Otter and Bear nines with a 73.3 rating. The Fox and Otter combination owns a 135 slope. Though each nine has its own personality, the trio blends together in harmony. Each nine includes two sets of forward tees measuring about 5,800 and 5,100 yards, respectively, that make play enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels.
The signature holes at River Oaks include the par-3 third on the Fox Course; the par-5 fourth on Otter; and the par-5 ninth at Bear. The Intracoastal Waterway flows in the background of the 189-yard hole, which often requires navigation of strong breezes off the water, at Fox. Water creates a heroic challenge on Otter’s premier hole, which concludes with a significantly sloping green that makes two-putting a challenge. A lake must be carried to a green further guarded by bunkers at Bear’s longest hole.