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Lion’s Paw Golf Links

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Lion’s Paw Golf Links

Ocean Ridge Plantation is home to Myrtle Beach’s four Big Cats, and the success of Lion’s Paw Golf Links made it all possible. 

A co-creation by Willard Byrd and Tim Cate, Lion’s Paw doesn’t receive the acclaim of its younger siblings, Tiger’s Eye and Leopard’s Chase in particular, but this Cat still roars. The course was the first to open at Ocean Ridge and still provides plenty of challenge and fun. 

A 4-star layout, according to Golf Digest, Lion’s Paw rewards players who are on top their game. The layout is fairly long at 6,457 yards from the white tees and demands precision with the driver as native pine forests, swampland, and environmentally sensitive areas can swallow errant shots. 

A good rule of thumb when putting together a game plan at Lion’s Paw is to take advantage of the par 5s, attack the par 4s in the right spots, and hope for the best on the one Grand Strand’s most challenging collections of par 3s. 

How tough are the par 3s? Three of the four play at least 175 yards from the white tees and require a carry over water. The 17th hole “only” plays 154 but it’s into a peninsula green. 

Twenty-four years after its opening, Lion’s Paw Golf is still worth the trip to play. 

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Lion’s Paw Golf Links Course Reviews

Recent Reviews

by Philip (Salem, VA) - 10/19/2016
Great course.
by Jack - 08/18/2016
Long, difficult course. Ignore prior reviews, the course was in excellent shape especially the greens.
by Thomas (Louisville, KY) - 05/23/2016
Greens were horrendous. They should warn people that you can not putt.
by Judi - 05/18/2016
The greens are totally gone on this course! I wish we would have read the recent reviews first- don't be fooled by the star ratings. They should have warned us about the greens when we purchased a package. The fairways were in decent shape but a little long. The layout was fine. The pro shop had metal detectors on the doors- not sure I have ever seen that! Staff was not too friendly. There are too many other good courses in Myrtle Beach area to play - don't waste your money here until they get their greens fixed.
by John - 05/02/2016
This was the worst course we played all week. Fairways looked like they hadn't been mowed in a week. The greens were the worst. Very little grass, a ton of areas where there was no grass, and just as bumpy as ever. Worst greens and course I have played on either here or at home. This was once a well manicured course. Not anymore. Complained in the clubhouse and got a raincheck for a return visit. Absolutely pathetic. Panthers Run greens were also not the best but they were like the Masters compared to Lions Paw. Starter and staff could also use some customer training.
by Brian - 02/22/2016
The original Big Cat is still a strong course. Wet conditions called for cart paths only but overall the conditions were good. Greens were smooth and fast which is true with all of the Cat courses. If you are planning a trip to MB, you should consider the Big Cat package if for no other reason than the maintenance of these courses is outstanding.
by Nick - 07/16/2015
Played for the first time 7/2014 and couldn't wait to go back this year but that was a mistake. It was the worst condition of any golf course I have ever played in the Myrtle Beach area in twenty plus years of visiting here. It was such a shame to see a magnificent golf course let itself get to that condition in one years time. For people who have been visiting for a long time this course is in worst condition than Deer Track in its final year of operation. Never seen a golf course more brown not even Chambers Bay was that brown
by Patrick (Lexington, KY) - 06/20/2015
Nice layout but would have liked to have known that some of the greens had been aerified. One green would be extremely fast and then the next was like hitting out of a bunker. Lots of patches on the greens and fairways as well. This was the fifth course we had played this week and by far was my lowest ranked.
by Dennis (Lebanon, PA) - 06/05/2015
Fairways excellent, greens a bit slow.
by Frank (Brunswick, ME) - 03/28/2015
Before I write anything else, I would like to say I loved the golf course layout and the whole experience of playing it. However the day we were there it seems they hadn't cut the fairways for a few days and it was like playing out of mild rough the whole round. Plus the fact that it had rained the night before made it slow going. The highlight of the day was hitting over two large alligators on the par 3 third hole. Would definitely like to try it again when the course has dried out.
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Big Cats Special! Play 3, Receive Tigers Eye 4th Round FREE

Play 3 discounted rounds on Lions Paw, Panthers Run, and Leopards Chase and receive a 4th Round FREE on Tigers Eye. As an added bonus Lunch is included with each round!

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