Tidewater4901 Little River Neck Rd, Little River, SC, 29582
Tidewater Golf Club is truly one of the spectacular settings for a round of golf on the East Coast. Regarded as the “Pebble Beach of the East” by some, it features a number of holes on expansive marshes with long views of the picturesque Cherry Grove Inlet and Intracoastal Waterway. Opened in 1990 and designed by developer Ken Tomlinson, Tidewater is an ideal mix of challenge and natural beauty.
At 7,078 yards from the back Black tees, Tidewater is not the longest golf course in the Myrtle Beach area, but it is one of the most challenging, sporting a Rating of 74.3 and a stout Slope of 144. With water coming into play on 13 of Tidewater’s 18 holes, danger lurks most everywhere. Water must be at times conquered directly, flanked or carried—in this way, the course tests players’ abilities of both golf shot execution and concentration.
The par three 12th is more of the former type of over-water challenge. At 189 yards from the back and 145 from the middle set of tees, there is no option but to execute a mid-long iron over a corner of Cherry Grove Inlet to a green protected not only by water but by five bunkers as well.
The par-five 16th at Tidewater features water that serves a more strategic purpose. Tumbling down one of the bigger hills in the Myrtle Beach area, number 16 is reachable despite of its fairly significant back-tee length of 560 yards. The water on this hole sits directly off the back edge of the green, such that a gambling second shot that comes in too hot can look good for a while, only to end up in the hazard.