The Norman Course at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach recently earned a ranking of 8.5 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 Norman Course is one of the more playable tracks in the area, based largely on the prevalence of short grass and sand over penal longer rough, especially around its green complexes. Golfers who miss greens are often able to putt or play bump-and-run shots instead of the flop or pitch shots necessitated by greenside lies in the rough. With only 60 acres of maintained grass on the course, it helps to be comfortable in the sand as well. Perhaps the best of the 18 green complexes at the short par four eighth. Seven sod-faced bunkers are strewn about the last 50 or so yards of the hole, with the undulating green surrounded by a large collar of closely mown grass. This allows players to play the hole a number of different ways and play recovery shots ranging from long putts to bump-and-runs to short chips with a fairway wood, if desired.
Another excellent feature of the Norman Course is its proximity to the Intracoastal Waterway. As golfers exit the green of the par five 9th hole, they begin an inward nine that has five holes that play by the scenic manmade marvel. As they look down at the long, narrow green of the 203-yard 10th, they should not be surprised to see boats traversing the Waterway, potentially adding a few spectators to the scene.
Barefoot Resort’s facilities are second to none in the Myrtle Beach area. Guests of the Norman Course, sharing a facility as it does with the Love and Fazio Courses, can practice before or after their rounds at Barefoot’s enormous grass driving range, putting and chipping greens and a practice bunker.
9 by Eric (West Fargo, ND) - 03/07/2014
The only low rating was for an unrecognized nor admitted mistake. We played Love in the morning and arranged for a tee time in the afternoon. Our choices were Fazio 80 minutes later or Norman almost 2 hours later. We chatted for 30 seconds, chose Fazio, paid, got our ticket, and had lunch. Went to the putting green, the starter asked for our slip and..... it said Norman and the later start. My fault for not checking closer, but didn't think it could get screwed up. Sure it was busy, but the starter didn't seem to care, didn't even appologize, he just wanted to keep things moving, so we had to wait for Norman.
Norman was slow, but it was busy and a beautiful day, so we initially didn't care.... until the ranger came up and put a single with the 4-some in front of us which really slowed things down. On 16 the friendly five some let us pass, but not at the direction of the ranger, only on their own accord.
Norman was fun and dramatically different from Love right next door. Definitely an 'iron' course. Most drives were straight and fair, but the second iron shot needed to be well placed in order to score. Course was in great shape
Love the Barefoot courses, will return, just a few things to keep in mind to improve it. The course is 1/2 of the satisfaction equation, but the service, knowledge, and professionalism is an equal second 1/2 of that same equation.
9 by Dane (North Augusta, SC) - 01/30/2014
9 by Youn (Potomac, MD) - 12/23/2013
7 by James (Williamsburg, VA) - 12/17/2013
Outstanding fairways, well kept greens and bunkers, greens too fast, several pin placements silly
8 by Richard (Galion, OH) - 11/15/2013
Best course of the week. Does have a lot of Condo's and I hit two of them. I like the layout better than the Love course. Best greens we played that week.
Be sure to hit enough club on the par 3 10th, short is bad with the bunker on the front left.
9 by Greg (Durham, NC) - 10/10/2013
Really enjoyed it. Nice varity of holes, beautiful landscaping.
4 by Bill (Glen Rock, NJ) - 09/26/2013
All of the greens were sanded which we were never notified of prior to playing. At the rates they charge we should have been given a courtesy call to let us know.
8 by Tom (Alpharetta, GA) - 09/13/2013
2 by Keith (Myrtle Beach, SC) - 08/20/2013
Will not play again
Golf’s first major of the year, the Masters, arrives at majestic Augusta National each April and with it the dawning of a new golf season. For years, prior to heading to Augusta to cover the Masters, the national golf media took advantage of the similarly gorgeous spring weather in Myrtle Beach — the largest city along South Carolina’s coastal “Grand Strand” — where they annually held their season-opening Golf Writer’s Association of America tournament.