Named “Best Bang for Your Buck” by Golf Magazine for Myrtle Beach golf courses back in 2005, Heron Point Golf Club has continued to provide affordable golf, be it for locals or visitors. Heron Point recently received an overall rating of 4.9 from reviewers at Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, and the club received even higher marks for pro shop, grill and staff. Renovations that began in 2011 have improved the course’s playability, especially in terms of tee boxes and fairways. Those renovations have helped bring a round at Heron Point closer to the beauty of an Antebellum-style clubhouse, the home of Mulligan’s Bar and Grill. Once on the course, players can take advantage of Willard Byrd’s design that opened in 1988 and once drew 3.5 stars from Golf Digest.
The course was completed from the tee boxes to the green with Bermuda Grass, and those renovations have given players more to look at than simply the abundant bird and animal life around Heron Point. The par-72 course isn’t the longest on the Grand Strand – it plays at 6,475 yards from the back tees – but narrow fairways and guarded greens add a significant challenge. That’s the case early and often, and it crescendos at No. 5. The 367-yard par 4 take a 90-degree dogleg left midway through the hole. Attempts to cut the tree line are often greeted by five bunkers placed between the edge of the dogleg and the green and two more on the far side of the green. Three holes later, the hardest hole on the course, a 387-yard par 4 awaits. What appears to be a wide-open tee shot is actually guarded by two fairway bunkers, one on either side of the hole.