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.
9 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.
9 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.
8 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.
9 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.
8 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.
8 by Jeffrey - 05/05/2015
Terrible shape ... greens look like they have a fungus.
4 by Pat (Waxhaw, NC) - 04/28/2015
After our round on a course that was not in very playable condition for a $187 green fee we discussed the playing conditions with the mgr. My playing partner questioned what had happened to the course, we've played here before, how can you charge a top dollar for a course that is in terrible shape... He stated "I have not heard any complaints..." THAT right there makes me question his ability and knowledge of golf... has he traveled around the course to check the conditions? We then informed him that we played behind members of the course and they, the members, apologized profusely to us for the horrific condition that the course was in. IE, 5th hole, whole fairway was ground under repair. In the end, the mgr just dismissed our comments with a hearty "sorry". After going into the grill for a few minutes I then went back and pulled the mgr to the side and told him "you cannot charge that price for a course that would not pay $40 to play... why did you not tell us that the course was not in tip top shape? AGAIN, a hearty "sorry" from him. I finished our conversation by stating that I will never spend another penny at Barefoot again. We were not looking for a free round on a course that was obviously in poor condition, but maybe a "give me your email address and we'll let you know when we are back in top condition and a possible replay rate at that time..." NOPE, not even that. It just felt like he told us "that's the number you pay, we will fill that time no matter what, thanks for your money... next in line please" It was indeed the worst golf experience I have ever had a golfer... that is 42 years of play.
7 by Mike - 04/04/2015
Do not play this course until the summer grasses emerge. Course did not overseed and grass on fairways is very thin. The greens are not much better they just paint the greens to make them look nicer than they are. It's unbelievable they charge the price they do for these conditions.
9 by Paul - 03/25/2015
Barefoot Fazio is a fun and challenging course. The course was in good shape and the staff was very friendly. My only complaint was the pin placement on 17. The green speeds were too fast to put the cup on the slope where it was placed. Even when putting from below the hole if you missed the putt the ball would roll back to your feet. It was pretty ridiculous. Overall nice course and they offer complimentary warm up balls.
9 by Elaine (Simpsonville, SC) - 12/15/2014
Okay - but was not like the Love Course.
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.
Charlie Harrison made sure his return to the Grand Strand golf scene started with a bang. The former Wake Forest player opened Golf Channel’s Big Break Myrtle Beach by earning what could be an all-important asset moving forward. Harrison won the Super Immunity Challenge, which now gives him the ability to forgo one of the show’s later tests and automatically advance to the ensuing round.
The moveable feast that is Myrtle Beach golf appeals to all sorts of players for all sorts of reasons throughout the calendar year. Some like it hot, some like it upscale, some seek out less expensive months, some like it for at least 36 holes a day, some prefer to set aside ample pool and beach time.
Golf’s first major of the year, the Masters, arrives at majestic Augusta National each April and with it the dawning of a new golf season. For years, prior to heading to Augusta to cover the Masters, the national golf media took advantage of the similarly gorgeous spring weather in Myrtle Beach — the largest city along South Carolina’s coastal “Grand Strand” — where they annually held their season-opening Golf Writer’s Association of America tournament.
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