Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, located in Pawleys Island, recently earned a ranking of 8.4 from player/reviewers at Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, earning special recognition for the quality of its staff and course conditions, particularly its superb Champion Bermuda greens.
Designed by the late Mike Strantz and opened in 1994 (Strantz’s first design), Caledonia is by far the most acclaimed golf course south of Myrtle Beach on the Grand Strand. It has made numerous appearances on all of the leading golf magazines’ ranking lists: Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses,” GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play,” and Golfweek’s “Top 200 Modern Courses” lists, among many others. The par-70 course with five par threes, three par fives and ten par fours, is situated on the site of a former plantation, dotted with live oaks and landscaped expertly with thousands of annual flowers and other shrubs. No houses sit on the property, giving a feeling of tranquility in nature.
Visual drama juxtaposed with playability is a hallmark of the course. The bunkers are deep and the greens are fast and undulating but the fairways are mostly quite spacious and there is always a place to miss a shot, making Caledonia a golf course a player must figure out and get acquainted with before mastering. One such hole is the intriguing par five 10th, where players who hit a good tee shot have the opportunity to go for the green in two. However, it is important to note the location of the hole on one’s drive into the golf course, as it dictates where one ought to leave an approach shot. Golf courses that make players think are better than those that do not and Caledonia is as much a puzzle as any golf course in the Myrtle Beach area.
Caledonia does not have an on-site driving range, but players who have booked golf are welcome to warm up at the range at Caledonia’s sister course, True Blue Plantation, located across the street. Caledonia does have extensive short-game practice facilities, however, as well as a stunning clubhouse, pro shop and restaurant where players will dine while looking out at the Waccamaw River and the 18th green.
10 by Markus - 06/11/2015
What a beauty! That course is a must to play. It was very well maintained, greens were great, fairways fantastic and the layout is just gorgeous. There's so many holes which are just stunning. It's a fair course but you need to be accurate, partially it's quite narrow. That place can be compared with a wonderfully designed park landscape. Staff was very friendly and helpful, replay is available. The approach shot on hole 18 is something special since the green is in front of the clubhouse patio and typically there's a number of spectators either cheering or booing (in a nice way :-) ). Restaurant food was great, staff very friendly.
9 by Raymond (Clarington, PA) - 06/10/2015
Well worth the drive from our accommodations in Myrtle Beach, a spectacular plantation style course with stunningly beautiful course architecture. The flora and fauna rival botanical gardens.
9 by Tim (Chandler, AZ) - 05/29/2015
Wonderful course with many interesting holes.
9 by Michel (Carignan, Quebec) - 05/20/2015
Course condition and staff perfect.
10 by Darren - 05/06/2015
This course is a joy to play. We decided to play it from the Tips & it was very playable for 5 handicappers from there (6,83 from the Tips). Conditions were close to perfect throughout. Greens ran at a good speed, only TPC's were quicker on this trip. It was our 2nd round of the day, as we played it's sister course True Blue in the morning. Fair deal on a Play it Again Deal. If you haven't played Caledonia before, treat yourself !!! There is no Practice Range at this course.
10 by Michael (Forest Lake, MN) - 04/21/2015
The course was in excellent condition and the greens were some of the best I've played on. A great plantation course with a lot of charm.
7 by James (Orleans, ON) - 03/24/2015
Beautiful course but greens fee pricing is getting way too high. Will probably be the last time I play it.
9 by Byron (Marietta, OH) - 03/18/2015
Have played course before..always like golfing there. And hitting into 18 is always challenging.
10 by Wille - 01/21/2015
Best course on the Strand! All employees were as nice as anyone could expect! Took a group of 19 and we switched our last package day back to Caledonia for another round! This place was the highlight of our trip!
10 by Karl (Winston Salem, NC) - 12/20/2014
Could not have asked for a more perfect day of golf. It is a favorite of our group.
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