When Golf Digest recently named the finishing hole at Farmstead Golf Links one of America’s most fun holes, it cued in national readers to what the par-6, 767-yard monster has been showing locals for years. The No. 18 starts in South Carolina, only to return back to North Carolina, the state much of the course calls home. It’s become a welcome focal point for Farmstead, a piece of land that has the honor of possessing the country’s only dual-state par six.
“We still, to this date, that when people get here, they didn’t realize we had it,” General Manager Jason Monahan said. “We still have people who come here only because they heard about it. It’s still drawing a ton of people just for that.”
Although most players either previously know or come to understand the breadth of No. 18, the course actually crosses between the Palmetto and Tarheel States four times. Prior hops happen at Nos. 10, 14 and 16, but missing the signage is easy. Farmstead takes advantage of its surroundings, utilizing the lakes and open environment usually seen a rural setting - not a course minutes from the Atlantic Ocean or a busy resort town.
by Dave - 03/10/2017
Course was in good shape and fun to play.
Pro shop reception was terrible. Took our money and barely said a word.
Many area courses encourage players. Not Farmstead.
by Timothy - 02/02/2017
We played on a very windy day, but the course is in great shape. No complaints at all. Staff was friendly and got us out on time.
by Joel - 11/03/2016
I booked a tee time as a single this morning. I arrived 30 minutes early and went to the practice green. I was to be paired up with a twosome at 1:00. The course was very busy so I went with the expectation of playing a 5 hour round. While I was waiting the starter sent out 2 twosomes and a threesome. At 1:00 the twosome I was to play with had paid but they were no where to be found. At 1:05, after my tee time, the starter sent out a threesome. There is no excuse for the starter to make me wait 30 minutes and he made me wait after my tee time passed. He could have put me with at least 3 different groups. This is not the way to treat customers. You never know who that customer might be and what they may have to offer you. I recently relocated to North Myrtle Beach. I could have become a regular here but I won't return. There are plenty of other great courses to play on the Grand Strand. I can't tolerate bad customer service.
by Nick - 08/02/2016
By far the gem of the trip. Saw a lot of good reviews but when we got there it really exceeded my expectations. The greens were the best that we played all week 9.5 out of 10. Tee boxes 9.0 out of 10. The only thing I can really pick at were that the fairways were a little thin in some spots but that is really nitpicking 8.0 out of 10. Pro shop staff was excellent. Grill was very helpful. Outside staff was good. Overall a must play right now.
by Ron (Baden, PA) - 07/23/2016
1st time playing Farmstead. I will definitely play hear again. Great course!!
by Jakob - 06/28/2016
Course is very fun!
by Rob (E. Patchogue, NY) - 06/06/2016
Pretty open off the tee. When the wind kicks def makes a few holes real long.
by Mandy (Lewes, UK) - 05/01/2016
Good quality course but very busy was a slow round.
by Jim - 05/01/2016
Very rude pro shop manager who would not honour $45 late afternoon rates posted on Web site and wanted $79 and finally settled for $55. To add insult to injury, the course was grossly overbooked with tee times running over an hour late, which he failed to tell us.
by Morris (Meriden, CT) - 04/13/2016
The fairways are wide and forgiving. Would like to see a course map on the scorecard. There was a ranger but a very slow two couple foursome two groups ahead of us and he didn't seem to push them along.
The number of golf courses who declare their elevation changes in their bios along South Carolina’s Grand Strand is vast. A handful of options exist where the start, finish and everything in-between rolls as straight as possible without mounding or hills getting in the way.
While those across the United States recognize the focal point of the Grand Strand, it is important for golfers looking for the full experience to search out the areas immediately north, south and west of the primary city limits. We begin our multi-part series with four reasons to point the compass up from Myrtle Beach proper.
With the Summer Olympiad soon to unfold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the world of golf has gone a bit nutty for torches, medals, five-ring logos and all that good Olympic stuff. To put a cherry on top of it all, we’ve decided to present this whiz-bang Myrtle Beach travel article with, you guessed it, an Olympic theme.
We’ve all had those days where the par 5s just seem longer. Maybe it’s the heat, a bit too much fun the night before or you’re just not feeling it. A few of the longer holes on the Grand Strand may leave you feeling that way regardless of your mental or physical state. We call them “The Monsters.”