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.