Witch1900 Highway 544, East Conway, SC, 29526
The Witch Golf Links is a unique Myrtle Beach golf experience. Amidst a landscape of some 100 golf courses, The Witch is the only one that takes players through a cypress swamp. The result is a Grand Strand golf experience that leaves locals familiar with the course and first-time visitors alike talking about it.
Designed by Dan Maples, the Witch is a par-71 golf course that measures 6,702 yards from its back Black tees (the other two sets, charmingly, are colored White and Orange), with a Rating of 71.2 and Slope of 133. None of these numbers are overly intimidating, which makes enjoying a round at the Witch without getting beaten up on one’s scorecard an attainable feat for all golfers.
The front nine at the Witch is the one that winds through the swamp and uses most of the course’s 4,000 feet of cart bridges to guide players from tee to fairway to green and so on. The front closes on an intriguing 373-yard par four where any club from a mid-iron to a driver may potentially be used to hit a successful tee shot over part of the swamp. It all depends on the player’s preferences as to the approach shot—again over part of the swamp—which can be played with anything from a wedge to a long iron to a shallow green.
The back nine is more traditional, but contains plenty of intrigue in its own right. The shortest of its three par threes, the 142 yard 14th, can be a birdie hole, but only as long as the player takes on a deep bunker that guards much of the putting surface. The middle of the small green yields birdie putts, but they usually tend to break so much as to be more perilous than putts from the edges of the green.