Azalea Sands Golf Club, located in North Myrtle Beach, recently earned an overall rating of 6.4 from reviewers at Myrtle Beach Golf Insider. The course’s particular strengths, according to its most recent reviews, are its putting surfaces and its affordability.
Azalea Sands was designed by noted architect Gene Hamm and opened in 1972. It received a refreshing renovation in 2009 that has elevated it in the estimations of both visiting golfers and local players. At 6,902 yards from the back Blue tees, the course boasts relatively tame Rating and Slope figures of 72.5 and 123, respectively. But this does not mean that Azalea Sands is void of challenge—water features come into play on all but four holes. Its four total sets of tees provide a pleasant round for all players.
In spite of its location seemingly in the heart of vivacious North Myrtle Beach, Azalea Sands is a pleasant retreat. Part of the key to the serenity felt during a round there is the fact that the course is one of very few in the Myrtle Beach area where no houses or condominiums come into play. There is the sense of a “pure golf” experience that is sometimes hard to come by on vacation. A signature hole is the 11th, a par five that measures 515 yards from the back Blue tees and 460 yards from the more oft-used White set. It is a reachable par five where the second shot must carry a pond to a green flanked by two bunkers. Two excellent shots can yield an eagle chance but a misstep can prove costly—a terrific risk-reward proposition.
3 by Tom (Gloucester, MA) - 03/26/2015
This is the WORST course I have ever seen. I have gone to Myrtle Beach for 15 years played many dozens of rounds. I have always had a good experience and played on decent to superb conditions. The conditions were by far the worst I have ever seen anywhere. The fairways were a combination of bare dirt, mud and puddles. The greens were little better at least there were no puddles. I know that this is one of the oldest courses in the area but I didn't realize that it was built before the invention of drainage. I never had a shot were there was no mud on the ball. Even the cart paths were bad they were covered over in spots with pine cones and pine needles that haven't been disturbed in months or even years. There is a lot of neglect going on here. When I made the online reservation the course was priced similarly to others in the area. When I got there I felt like I had been swindled.
This probably explains why the staff was so surly and didn't make much eye contact.
The fact that they mentioned "Oh by the way it's cart path only" as I stepped on the gas to go to the first tee made things even worse.
But the real icing on the cake was the 12 inch cups that they had on all the greens.
This is something I may never get over.
No one will be posting a round from here in the handicap computer.
The course also offers young women caddies for $100 a round and the atmosphere in the bar is that of a "Gentlemen's Club" not a grillroom.
Not a comfortable situation for a lot of people.
The best thing they could do with this course is to sell it for condos or a shopping mall and use the money to send out refund checks to everyone who has played there lately.
If this course has the last tee time left when you go online now you know why.
Go for a walk instead.
2 by John (Lincoln, RI) - 11/24/2014
This was the worst course we played all week by far! It should not even have been open. No re-seeding had taken place. The dead summer grass had been dyed green. It appeared to be a low class second rate operation! A disgrace to a great golf location like Myrtle Beach.
3 by Stacey (Highland, NY) - 06/06/2014
Nice layout but very slow and poor playing conditions but very cheap. I still had fun.
9 by Linda (Saint Mary's, WV) - 05/19/2014
3 by David (Richmond, VA) - 04/30/2014
Just a run of the mill public course
8 by Ritch (Elk Grove Village, IL) - 11/12/2013
5 by Craig (Reinholds, PA) - 11/12/2013
5 by Gordon (New Castle, ON) - 11/05/2013
Okay but not up to expectations
8 by Drew (Otter River, MA) - 10/18/2013
Staff very friendly, found the mossy grass near greens hard to play out of, pro shop merchandise limited
8 by Laura (Duncan, SC) - 09/05/2013
The rough on this course was so thick we spent alot of time looking for our ball. The course itself was nice.