Setting itself apart from the pack was no easy task for River Hills Golf & Country Club. Yet, the Little River course has done just that putting the terrain it was built upon to the test.
Undulation throughout, coupled with the fact that none of the holes run parallel to each other amid the heavily wooded area, turns River Hills from a manageable track to one that can confound the unprepared.
“It’s a visually deceptive golf course,” head professional David Spoone said. “Because of the way the designer made it, it can [confuse] you. There are elevation changes. They are mild, but for Myrtle Beach, it’s quite unique.”
Tom Jackson’s layout blended the location with the game, maybe unlike any other course around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Holes dip and dive around water on 13 of the 18 holes and tree-lined fairways throughout. That is evident no more than on No. 17, the course’s signature hole.
The double-doglegged par-5 stretches to as much as 491 yards. Players must hit their tee shot over a stream while avoiding a tree nestling the lip of the first landing area. If that wasn’t another, that water cuts back across the fairway just in time for the second dogleg.
10 by Ted - 01/17/2017
Some very wet spots in a few fairways but no problem. Tee Boxes & Greens were excellent. Greens putted true. Overall condition very good. Staff very nice.
9 by Jim H - 08/10/2016
Course is in great shape. Staff is very friendly.
9 by Ted - 08/08/2016
Course is in very good shape. A few thin spots on a couple of fairways. Greens rolled true. The bunkers need lots of work......
10 by beausoleillouise - 05/22/2016
This course is really interesting to play. Every hole is different from the other. It's not boring at all. Lot's of water but not to difficult on blue tees. Lots of natural sites and birds. One of my best courses in the grand Myrtle Beach area. Fairways, greens and tee off are in great shape, so is the practice range. A must play according to my opinion. A good rapport.
8 by D K - 04/07/2016
Course was pretty good - cart path only because of rain. Staff was good we were two so they sent us out before a large group.
9 by Paul Steers - 03/19/2016
All staff were outstanding,course was in okay shape, green's and tee boxes good fairway's were a little thin.
10 by Greg - 03/07/2016
average course Pro shop staff excellent! gave us quite a bit of information about course conditions, grass type on greens etc. you need to be accurate with your tee shots
10 by David - 07/22/2015
This is a really well-run operation. Overall condition of the course was excellent. It's tough but fair. The staff is great, the practice facilities are great and the value is great. One of the best on the Strand.
9 by John - 07/06/2015
I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the layout and condition of the course. To get something this nice at home I'd have to pay over $80. Fairways were clean and grassy, and the greens were in great shape. Excellent practice area as well. Staff were courteous. All around good experience. Worth the 30-minute drive.
9 by David - 04/20/2015
Challenging but very playable if you don't take too many risks, water on most holes. Greens and fairways were in great shape considering all the rain.
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.
Right here on South Carolina’s Grand Strand, several courses have made their mark with elevation changes of a variety of breeds. These are five of our favorites where paying a little extra attention to those changes - with your shots and driving the cart - will go a long way.
Course architect Tom Jackson describes his Myrtle Beach golf course creation as “Modern in concept, yet traditional in nature … River Hills is a pleasing blend of old and new design ideas unlike any other course at the beach.”
We’ve all had those days where the par 5s just seem longer. Maybe it’s the heat, a bit too much fun the night before or you’re just not feeling it. A few of the longer holes on the Grand Strand may leave you feeling that way regardless of your mental or physical state. We call them “The Monsters.”
The northern end of the Grand Strand is the perfect place to tee off on a one-of-a-kind Myrtle Beach golf vacation, with five award-winning Prime Times Signature golf courses in this area to greet you as part of The Gateway Collection.
Save $5 per round per golfer for tee times before 8:30am and after 1:00pm this April. Play two or more April rounds from your choice of 22 of Myrtle Beach's favorite designs! Experience the beauty the Grand Strand has to offer in April and save!
Stay at the luxurious Marina Inn at Grande Dunes and get the best pricing no matter how many rounds you play or how many nights you stay. Choose from 22 Prime Times Founders Collection Courses, including the designs of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus!