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.
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