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.