One of the more recent area courses to be given 4.5 stars by Golf Digest for “Places to Play,” the West Course at Myrtle Beach National is a fantastic mix of just the right amount of distance and doglegs, sand and water.
Much like its big brother, King’s North, West is an Arnold Palmer design that cuts through the Carolina Forest section of Myrtle Beach. Playing at 6,100 yards for most and as long as 6,800 yards from the back tees, it also utilizes a house-free, gimmick-free approach to the game.
“It’s a very playable golf course,” first assistant professional Brian Lewis said. “It’s not tricked up. You don’t have things hiding around the corner on you.”
The par 4s here aren’t overbearing, and the par 3s - including a rare one on No. 18 - aren’t overly encumbered by bunkers.
Before you get to the finisher, though, West gives you one more crack at a hitting a successful driver on No. 17. The par 5 doglegs left around a tree line, but not before some considerable distance. Clear the edge of those pines, and you’re looking at as little as 200-yards straight into the Mini Verde Bermuda green.
10 by Ted - 07/14/2016
Tee Boxes & Fairways are in excellent shape. Greens have recently aerified but still putted very true & fast. Staff were very friendly & seemed concerned because of the heat. Kept reminding us to drink plenty of fluids. Pace of play was good 4hrs 10mins with foursome & extreme heat
8 by David - 06/29/2016
Opening course of our trip, so quite a gentle start. Not too taxing, nothing stunning but a nice solid course where everything is laid out in front of you. Not bad condition either.
8 by David - 06/27/2016
OK course. decent condition. Nothing to write home about. Decent value for money all round.
9 by Mark - 06/24/2016
Enjoyed playing this course, it is open and fairly easy with no water. Good starting course to get warmed up. Should have played the back tees or hit 3-wood of the tee as there were many dogleg holes where a 240yd drive means your through the fairway. Greens were decent and rolled well but had bare spots. We were early for our tee time but were hurried to play with the other twosome who was even earlier than us. I would play this again as a warm-up course, but the King's North course is a much more challenging layout but not in any better condition than the West course.
9 by Danny and Darlene - 04/07/2016
Best course we played all week. Greens and fairways in great shape. Played with two guys from Myrtle Beach area who were a great help. Staff in pro shop as well as greeters were excellent. Would recommend this course to anybody. Great course for men and women very fair. Can't comment on grill since we didn't eat here but the club house is beautiful and very well kept.
9 by Bob F. - 03/27/2016
The easiest of the 3 courses at Myrtle Beach National is a really enjoyable course. There is a nice mix of easier holes and challenging holes that makes West playable by all types of players. It has the least amount of water in play of the 3 courses at MBN. Recommended for all.
7 by Ted - 03/25/2016
Bag drop very busy with 3 courses but enough help to move you along. Counter people not overly friendly. Pace of play on front nine was very good, Back nine slowed down quite a bit. Wide fairways, lots of bunkers around greens. Course was in excellent condition.
10 by Greg - 03/07/2016
A fair test. Good opening day course. Course was in good shape.
8 by David - 03/05/2016
Greens are very nice right now. The course was very wet due to all night rain but it was still in pretty nice shape. It's a very fair and fun course to play.
9 by Roland - 01/23/2016
Nice course in good shape. It was cart path only, although it appeared to be dry enough to ride on the course.
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One of Myrtle Beach’s most popular golf tournaments returns Easter weekend when Myrtle Beach National Golf Club – an award-winning 54-hole Arnold Palmer-designed complex – hosts the 13th Annual Junior Golf Shootout from March 25-26.
By Wednesday morning, scores of visiting golfers were strolling the grounds at Grande Dunes Resort Club just as they would on your typical, ideal day for a round of fall golf on the Grand Strand. With temperatures in the low 70s paired with brilliant, clear-blue skies and a light breeze, this course – along with the vast majority of golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area – was back to business as usual.
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