Legends-Parkland1500 Legends Road, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579
One of the three acclaimed courses at Legends Resort, the Parkland Course is true to its name, winding through Carolina pine forest and around natural wetlands. Designer/developer Larry Young intended for the course to call to mind some of the great inland golf courses of England—courses that are sometimes overlooked in favor of their seaside counterparts. Anyone who knows well the golf scene in the United Kingdom knows this is a mistake. Similarly, anyone who overlooks the Parkland Course in favor of Legends’ two more open-land layouts is making a mistake.
At 7,170 yards from the back tees, Parkland is the longest of the three courses on site at Legends. And like the other two courses, it features generous fairways and enormous, undulating greens guarded by all manner of hazards, from grass hollows to bunkers to water and wetlands. In many cases, these hazards play a somewhat subtle or surprising role. Take the par three 5th hole, for example. A pond guards the entire right side of the green, but it is difficult to tell from the tee that the pond wraps around directly behind the green which, by the way, slopes from front to back. Trying to access a rear pin on the very deep green is therefore an interesting challenge.
As a unit, Parkland’s set of par threes is especially strong. The 16th, at almost 250 yards from the tips, is one of the longest one-shotters on the entire Grand Strand. The need to hit a well-controlled three wood or even a driver off a tee into a green is a skill that has fallen by the wayside in recent years, which makes the 16th hole yet another unique and old-school challenge. Knowing full well that it would be approached with lower shots, Young left the large green open in front to accommodate.