The Love Course at Barefoot Resort recently earned a ranking of 8.9 from player/reviewers at Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, earning special recognition for the quality of its staff and course conditions, especially its Champion Bermuda greens.
Opened in 2000, the Love Course is an excellent track crafted by major champion Davis Love III. With wide fairways and interesting green complexes, it is both playable for the higher handicapper and the accomplished player. The main source of this playability comes from the large amount of short grass around the putting surfaces on the golf course. Whereas many tracks feature collars of rough close to the edges of greens, Love’s design teem took great care to build interesting short-grass chipping areas from which recovery can be both manageable and interesting, with a number of different shot options available, as opposed to the flop shots often necessitated by greenside rough lies.
The best hole at the Love Course is the par four fourth, a rarity on the Grand Strand: a truly drivable par four. At 294, 280, 265, 252 and 247 yards from the course’s five sets of tees, an eagle is a distinct possibility, especially downwind. Two bunkers guard the green, which is open in front to accept run-up shots. In addition, there is an unusual bank-shot option created by the presence of an ivy-covered brick wall built to look like part of the ruins of an old plantation house, which extends behind and to the right of the green. It is a fascinating scene that lends a sense of the history of the area to the experience of playing the golf course.
Barefoot Resort’s facilities are among the very best in the Myrtle Beach area. Guests of the Love Course, sharing a facility as it does with the Fazio and Norman Courses, are able to use an enormous grass driving range, putting and chipping greens and a practice bunker on site.
9 by Bob (Succasunna, NJ) - 03/18/2014
One of the nicest courses I've played in my 9 trips to Myrtle Beach.
9 by Eric (West Fargo, ND) - 03/07/2014
Clubhouse is large, staff are professional and attentive, grill serves good food, and you can tell its a class act.
Only complaint is the starting area. With three courses and tons of golfers, it can seem like mass chaos from morning thru afternoon. We got off on time and pace was mostly fine, but I'm still not sure how they did it.
The Love course is good. From tee to green the course was in nice shape. Typical links course, very open with strategically placed bunkers for your pleasure. You don't come back to the clubhouse or even a grill shack after 9 which was disappointing and the beverage cart appeared infrequently which was surprising considering how packed the course was. Same thing for rangers.... few and far between.
I love the Barefoot courses, but they lose some of the glamour and pleasure with the sheer volume of people they push true.
Also, maybe it was the season, but the food services was sit down. Good food, but would have been happier with a hot dog or sandwich and hit the range/putting green. Something quick and simple didn't seem to be an option.
10 by Youn (Potomac, MD) - 12/23/2013
9 by Brian (Mc Sherrystown, PA) - 12/02/2013
10 by Sunny - 11/12/2013
Best of the Barefoot tracks
9 by Jim H - 11/05/2013
We have finished and stayed at Barefoot the last few years with extra night free it allows us to play 27 and go back and shower before we begrudgingly leave until next year. We have played all except DYE, but that will be on the list next year! All course are in immaculate condition and greens are fabulous!! One other comment that should be made, please change the longest tees from silver to some other color, when the sun hits them in morning they and white look just the same!!
10 by Raymond (St. Fran of Brompton, QC) - 10/25/2013
The nicest of the BAREFOOT
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.