The Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort and Golf isn’t taking a backseat to any of its Barefoot brethren when it comes to awards. The Lowcountry track has piled up honors from Golf Digest, Golfweek, Golf.com and the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel - and that’s just since 2010.
Depending on whom you ask, the appeal here can be traced to a lack of housing, the overall lack of outside distractions based on each hole’s separated feel from the next. Or maybe it’s the top-notch surface or the flow from start to finish. Or could it be the overall playability?
One thing is certain, the consistency, including the course’s lack of an obvious signature hole, is a good problem to have.
“I don’t know if there is one, per se,” Director of Golf Mike Ross said. “There’s probably three or four or five of them.”
The 499-yard par 4 No. 5 has its share of supporters. From any of the five sets of elevated tee boxes, players are afforded a wider landing area as long as they don’t try to do too much. A slight bend to the left on the second shot leads into more sand and, if you’ve found enough distance with your first shot, an elevated green.
by Toby (Bedford, NS) - 10/30/2016
Great course condition
by Rod - 09/23/2016
Contrary to many of the reviews regarding the Barefoot Courses they were all in magnificent shape. The Fazio was probably the best kept of the three. Bunkers had sharp edges and were a perfect consistency, fairways were like carpet and the greens were smooth and fast. They had just top-dressed a few days before but the sand had settled so that you could barely see it. If anything the fine layer of sand made the greens roll a little faster. Lots of memorable holes. Definitely check craigslist/Ebay for a "Unaccompanied Member/Guest Pass". You can play for 1/3 the retail price.
by Christopher (Marriottsville, MD) - 06/20/2016
Fazio was beginning to lose their greens. Fazio, as well as a lot of other courses down here are in awful shape.
by Hillard (Lewisburg, TN) - 03/07/2016
by James - 12/18/2015
Tom Fazio design was unbelievable. The most visual of the Barefoot courses. Fair design but more demanding on the tee shot. Many fairway bunkers to catch the wayward drive. The last 6 holes were memorable and very enjoyable to play.
by Ian (Bedford, Ot) - 09/18/2015
Played here before and it's still as tough as ever, but very fair. Love the different challenges as the round progresses. Shot to my handicap which was a major surprise.
by Bill - 08/07/2015
I have played this course a number of times on spring golf trips, and have always enjoyed it. This time however I was really disappointed. There was no one at the bag drop, which is no big deal but summed up the day. The putting green was closed to be redone, and we had to wait for the range cart. Then once on the golf course we were amazed at how bad the greens were. Some were more sand than grass! We had played the Dunes Cub earlier in the week and they were some of the best greens I've ever putted on, so not sure what happened here. The rest of the course was ok, I know summers can be tough in the SE, but the greens left a bad taste.
Barefoot is a great facility overall. I hope they get it back to where it was.
by Nick - 07/29/2015
Greens were receptive and had good pace to them. From 100 yards and in the fairways were great but the rest of the fairway weren't cut and several fairways had what looked like high rye grass growing. Overall pace of play was good.
by William (Meriden, CT) - 07/05/2015
500 yard part 4 is crazy. I golf in Florida all the time. There is an ice machine and water to drink everywhere. Why are they cutting corners on water when everything else is excellent or outstanding. That being said I would play it again.
by Ron - 05/26/2015
Mid handicappers from the UK. Played the Fazio and enjoyed the layout. The main feature of the course is the vast amount of bunkers on the course. The greens were once again in poor condition due to the unseasonal cold weather. Good luck in playing around here without hitting a bunker.
The slightly more selective of the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel’s two bi-annual rankings is loaded with Grand Strand options. In total, 13 of the 31 Best You Can Play Public Access Courses in the state fall inside the Myrtle Beach area, and they are a regular who’s who of the regularly awarded tracks.
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.
South Carolina’s Grand Strand has two of the most famous surnames attached to five of its golf options. Pete and P.B. Dye each have a layout in Myrtle Beach, and they joined forces, so to speak, on a third. Meanwhile, famed designer Tom Fazio left his footprint with two of the relative newcomers to the Myrtle Beach golf scene.
Jimmy Brandt wasn’t the best player from start to finish in “Big Break Myrtle Beach.” He wasn’t even in the lead at the beginning of the finals. But being better than a single opponent when it was all said and done will more than do.
Want to know why Golf Channel’s “Big Break” has spawned 22 seasons? While the players aren’t the top of the PGA or LPGA food chain, their quest to get to that point pumps enough adrenaline into the competition to display the highs and lows in a very short period of time. Take the final 20 minutes of the third episode of “Big Break Myrtle Beach,” which aired Tuesday evening.
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