The Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach recently earned a ranking of 8.9 from player/reviewers at Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, earning special recognition for the quality of its conditioning, particularly its Champion Bermuda greens.
The course opened in 2000 and was designed by legendary architect Tom Fazio, who has designed golf courses all over the world, as well as working at such venues as Augusta National Golf Club. The course is a par 71, with five par threes, four par fives and nine par fours. At less than 6,900 yards from the tips, it is the shortest course at Barefoot Resort but it is far from easy, with two par fours longer than 450 yards from the tips.
The course’s signature hole is the 13th, a 379-yard par four with two separate greens, located on opposite sides of a massive waste bunker. If the long and narrow right-hand green is in play, the hole plays largely straightaway. The left-hand, shallower and wider green requires an approach shot played through the air to carry the aforementioned sandy waste and makes the hole a slight dogleg left. The finishing hole is one of the aforementioned long par fours, a slight dogleg left bordered on the left by a lake. The green, which sits next to the clubhouse that serves the Fazio, Love and Norman courses at the resort, is guarded by a large bunker on the left and a deep collection area on the right.
Barefoot Resort’s facilities are second to none in the Myrtle Beach area. Guests of the Fazio Course, sharing a facility as it does with the Love and Norman Courses, have access to an enormous grass driving range, putting and chipping greens and a practice bunker.
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.