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.
10 by Gary (Youngstown, OH) - 10/16/2014
Every hole seemed to be by itself, not real crowded, able to play at a good speed, love the holes by the waterway.
8 by M/M Byron (Callingwood, Ontario) - 10/13/2014
The servers in the lounge area ignored us. We had to ask to be served drinks. They were too busy talking about the football games.
8 by Joe (Spring City, PA) - 10/09/2014
9 by Gary (London, UK) - 08/22/2014
Played on 20th August. Course was very wet but the greens were still excellent. The 18th has been shorter not a par 4 due to maintenance on the tees.
9 by Gary (London UK) - 08/21/2014
It was very wet in places and the 18th tee area is being refurbished so it plays as a par 4. Good layout and some special holes.
7 by Joshua (Raleigh, NC) - 08/08/2014
The range was closed. They closed the bar so we couldn't wait for the remainder of our group to finish. Need to take some lessons from the Legends Resort on customer service.
9 by Jake (Elberton, GA) - 07/24/2014
Nice course but had a few bad areas around the greens
9 by Larry (Midlothian, VA) - 07/24/2014
This was a challenging course and played long. The layout is exceptional and very picturesque. Course was in excellent shape and had some risk/reward holes for great placement of drives and/or approach shots.
10 by Roger - 06/18/2014
Like all the Barefoot courses this was great. Good shape, staff was very friendly. Just a very enjoyable time
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.
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.