Tradition Club1027 Willbrook Blvd, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585
Tradition Golf Club is one of the southern Grand Strand’s all-around gems, located in Pawleys Island along the acclaimed Waccamaw Golf Trail. Designed by veteran golf course architect Ron Garl, the course opened in 1996 and has developed a loyal following of local players and returning far-away visitors alike.
As its name suggest, Tradition Golf Club was conceived as a modern-era course that nonetheless aimed to give a healthy nod to more classic design. As such, it blends the modern and the classic quite well. There are two holes—the par four seventh and par three 15th—with island greens, but there are a number of others with more traditional looks. At 6,875 yards from the back tees with a Rating of 72.6 and a Slope of 132, Tradition is a solid, not-overbearing challenge for all players.
Take for example the par five 14th, a hole that plays 500 yards, slightly downhill, from the back Black set of tees and a very reachable 450 yards from the middle set. Many par fives are called reachable, but that is usually only true for longer hitters. Number 14 at Tradition, though, is reachable for the majority of players who come out for a round at Tradition, provided they are playing the appropriate set of tees for their style and level of play. But there’s a catch: the approach must carry a pond that fronts the green and also avoid a bunker placed to the right of the green. If that description calls to mind the famous, thrilling par five 15th at Augusta National Golf Club, site of the Masters, that is no accident: Garl was clearly thinking of that hole when he designed this one some 60 years later.