King’s North at Myrtle Beach National is one of the area’s most decorated courses, having earned Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” 4.5 Star honors each year for more than a decade after forcing it’s way into the publication’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list in 2004.
It’s an upward trend that started in 1996 upon Arnold Palmer’s touch-up and the subsequent two decades of top-end golf.
“It’s a great design,” first assistant professional Brian Lewis said. “It’s got Arnold’s personal touch on it. He came out and did the re-design itself. … It’s a special course. it’s got a beautiful design.”
The course’s signature holes could also be considered one of the Grand Strand’s signature holes. The par-5, No. 6 - affectionately known as “The Gambler” - includes an island fairway to the left of the safer stretch. Players who can reach the back half of that island then have a manageable second shot onto the green. Make both, and you’re putting for eagle.
Those who don’t get that first shot far enough and still press the issue, or those who miss the island altogether, come to understand why Kenny Rogers lent the title of one of his most famous songs to this hole.
Long term employees have kept the property as an anchor for the Myrtle Beach golf scene since the early 1970s, when the King’s North, West and SouthCreek courses were three of the original 15 to open in the area.
The late, great Arnold Palmer saw to that with his design here, and much like his layouts on the neighboring King’s North and West courses, SouthCreek didn’t waste any of its available space.
There’s a reason fall golf in Myrtle Beach is so popular. Weather, availability, diversity of playability and off-course entertainment all factor in here. But with all those ringing true, some courses have distinguished themselves among the flock as being more than capable of handling the heaviest times of the year while minimizing hitches.
Meredith speaks with Brad Crumling Head Golf Professional at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club. Brad talks about the distinct differences at the 3 Arnold Palmer designs and how they continue to be 3 of the most requested courses in Myrtle Beach Golf.
Photos from the 2017 George Holliday Memorial Junior Tournament
2017 National Retired Military Golf Classic
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