With seven holes along the Intracoastal Waterway and a recent honor as a top-100 course in the Carolinas by Golfstyles Magazine, the Norman Course at Barefoot Resort and Golf is the perfect high-end “starter” course, according to Director of Golf Mike Ross.
Designed by Greg Norman, the track combines the aforementioned water, oversized waste areas, bump-and-run action and the pristine overall surface quality come to be expected at any of the Barefoot rounds. All the while, it’s layout isn’t overly burdensome.
Unlike the other three Barefoot courses, though, there is another variable only truly in play here.
“Because of where it’s situated on the property, you get those ocean breezes,” Ross said. “I call it our beach course. It has that feel to it.”
The direct line from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal can show its teeth on several holes, although the opener of the back nine may lead the category. The par-3 plays anywhere from 93 yards all the way up to 203. Regardless of tee box, there’s a green sloping ever-so-slightly toward the Waterway.
Only a few feet separates the Champion UltraDwarf target area from a steep bluff leading only to one of Norman’s biggest distinctions.
9 by Josh - 05/29/2016
Booked this at last minute. Doubt I'd play again. The GPS in cart never seemed to match what scorecard showed should have been. Not sure which was supposed be right. Just used my own and didn't pay attention to it after a few holes. Greens were fast which is fine but they also seemed torn up. Just not in good shape. Overall course not bad but can play much nicer for less.
10 by James - 12/18/2015
Course is in great shape tee to green. A few fairways were wet and not cut but all others were perfect. Overseeded fairways, tees, and greens has the course looking great. Waterway holes especially #10 very mermorable.
9 by Jerry - 08/01/2015
Played Barefoot-Love in March and was disappointed.
A little disappointed in Norman this week although better than the painted greens/fairways at Love in March.
GPS in carts are a nice touch and it's the best layout of all the Barefoot courses.
Putting green was closed as it must be under construction.
More like a country club atmosphere with the staff etc.
Complimentary shoe shine a nice perk.
8 by Ed - 07/26/2015
I agree with the previous review...Barefoot has ruined the 18th Hole on the Norman Course....What Was a great finishing Par 5 was ruined and is now a dull Par 4. SHAME on Barefoot for destroying the original Greg Norman Layout...It's a loss
8 by Logan (Mooresville, NC) - 07/22/2015
Clubhouse and staff were great. Course not up to standards compared to the times I've played Norman course before. I'd estimate I've played it 5-6 times previously.
9 by John - 07/06/2015
I've now played all of the Barefoot courses and although the Norman course is good, I would say it ranks number four for me. Layout was OK, as there were some really nice holes, but also some very forgettable ones. Some of the holes on the Intracoastal waterway had great potential but didn't seem to take full advantage of the location. The course wasn't particularly difficult, but could jump up and bite you if you lost focus. My biggest disappointment was the 18th hole, which was obviously designed as a par 5 or long par 4, but the original tee boxes seemed to be abandoned in favor of shorter ones, taking much of the drama away.
Overall I was satisfied for the $55 afternoon rate, but it's not on my short list. I certainly wouldn't pay the $110 rack rate for it. Greens had not yet been punched so that was a big reason we chose this one.
9 by Gary (Plymouth, MI) - 06/21/2015
Nice course and clubhouse. We had 3 20-plus handicappers course was a little tight at times. It helped a lot to have GPS yardage on the course. Still had a great time.
9 by Ron - 05/26/2015
Mid handicappers from the UK. An enjoyable round with a wide open feel about the course though the greens are well protected. Greens were in better condition than the other Barefoot courses.
8 by Timothy - 02/09/2015
The staff was nice and helpful but the course was not all I was expecting. Almost the whole course is lined with condos and not very visually pleasing. A couple holes near the Intracoastal were away from the condos but not many. As for the course, the fairways were painted and very thin. Not in good shape. Greens were only okay but nothing special. The layout is not exciting at all. The Fazio and Love courses are much better. I would choose this last of the Barefoot courses.
9 by Ryan (Plymouth, MI) - 12/29/2014
Very nice course, well kept, helpful staff. Only things I can think of that were least appealing were the prices.
While those across the United States recognize the focal point of the Grand Strand, it is important for golfers looking for the full experience to search out the areas immediately north, south and west of the primary city limits. We begin our multi-part series with four reasons to point the compass up from Myrtle Beach proper.
For as many courses as the Myrtle Beach area has to offer, there are actually only a select few that can claim direct contact with the Intracoastal Waterway. Some dip and dive around the jutting marshland connected to it. Others used the elevated land next to the Waterway as the perfect setting for a picturesque hole. Either way, these six courses have something special to offer.
Charlie Harrison made sure his return to the Grand Strand golf scene started with a bang. The former Wake Forest player opened Golf Channel’s Big Break Myrtle Beach by earning what could be an all-important asset moving forward. Harrison won the Super Immunity Challenge, which now gives him the ability to forgo one of the show’s later tests and automatically advance to the ensuing round.
The moveable feast that is Myrtle Beach golf appeals to all sorts of players for all sorts of reasons throughout the calendar year. Some like it hot, some like it upscale, some seek out less expensive months, some like it for at least 36 holes a day, some prefer to set aside ample pool and beach time.