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.
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.”
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