Man O’ War Golf Club has remained in the upper echelon of Myrtle Beach golf courses. Man O’ War recently received an overall rating of 8.6 from reviewers at Myrtle Beach Golf Insider. The course has also earned a prestigious four-star rating from Golf Digest. But through all of that, it’s originality is something no golfer will forget. Built around a 100-pluss acre lake, this Dan Maples design has swallowed its fair share of golf balls. But for the most part, the prepared and patient can maneuver it while enjoying its originality.
Opened in 1996, Man O’ War includes water on 16 of its 18 holes. That includes back-to-back island greens on Nos. 14 and 15 – said by Sports Illustrated to possibly be the game’s only such occurrence. If you’re lucky enough to stay dry, you still have to worry about the very fast bentgrass greens – which can be blamed for nearly as many balls in the drink as the tee shots. Before golfers reach that unique double, though, they also have to contend with No. 9. The 433-yard par 4 is an island hole, not simply a green. From the tee box, players must hit a straight shot onto a secondary island, connected to the first only by an elevated cart path. The approach then requires a near-perfect shot to stay out of sand. Of course, it wouldn’t be Man O ‘War without more water coming into play. Most consider this another par 5 for the course because of its propensity for bogeys. And that’s just the seventh-hardest hole on the course.
Located in the Carolina Forest area of the Grand Strand, Man O’War is just off U.S. 501, a major thoroughfare in and out of the heart of Myrtle Beach. It also attracts plenty of visitors, especially ones who fly into town and spot all that water from overhead.