Waterway Hills is not the longest golf course on the Grand Strand, but it has character and presents plenty of challenge. Many golfers find Waterway Hills user-friendly as well and it is one of “The Dean of Golf Architecture” Robert Trent Jones’ finest 27- hole layouts, with many tree-lined fairways and one of only two of Mr. Jones’ designs in Myrtle Beach.
Waterway Hills personifies Mr. Jones’ personal touch of crowned greens, strategic bunkering and calculated landing areas. In addition to wonderful golf, Waterway Hills offers visitors the unique experience of traversing the Intracoastal Waterway to the clubhouse by gondola - the only course in America with this unique approach.
Touch down on the other side and you’ll find no homes … just you and the golf course. Amid tranquil woodlands and lakes you'll find rolling terrain and strategically placed bunkers. The Oaks, Lakes and Ravine courses each have their own challenges and personalities indicative of their names.
7 by Doug (Cobourg, ON) - 10/14/2014
Greens slow on the one 9, can't remember the name. Oldest nine holes.
Course pace really slow.
10 by Eddie - 10/13/2014
We have a group of 20 guys that come down every year for 15 years. We typically play middle of the line courses, not top tier courses to keep the price down. I arrange this trip every year and Barry at Long Bay Resort added Waterway Hills to our list. I heard it was an OK course, so I was a little nervous heading into the round because I wasn't sure what to expect.
What I can say is that the course was above my expectations. Everyone in our group was pleasantly surprised. The Gondola ride over was really cool also. For our guys, the greens are the most important part of the course. The greens were the nicest of any course we played while there. They were super fast and in excellent condition. They rolled true. My group said they would like to come back here again if only to play the greens. Bravo for the groundskeeper!
Fairways and tee boxes were in good shape also. The rough was thick and tough. The course is tight on many holes. As a first time player there, a couple holes were very odd from the tee box; like the 6th hole at Ravine or 9th on the Lakes.
The only thing I didn't like was that we had no idea which 18 holes we were playing until we got there. I make up personal scorecards for each player prior to arriving in Myrtle Beach, but wasn't able to this year because I had no idea which 9's we would be playing. I called two weeks prior to playing and even called the morning we were playing, but could not get an answer on what 9's we were playing.
As the group planner for the trip, I left very happy. The staff was excellent also. The older lady in the grill was funny and super nice. For those not playing the top tier courses, add this course to your list and enjoy the course.
10 by Mary (Leesburg, FL) - 10/13/2014
10 by Albert (Summerville, SC) - 10/13/2014
9 by James (Columbus, OH) - 10/08/2014
8 by M (Grand Blanc, MI) - 10/06/2014
7 by M (Cary, NC) - 10/05/2014
Course is showing its age.
10 by Baron (Bealeton, VA) - 09/16/2014
9 by M/M Don - 09/08/2014
4 by Mike - 08/20/2014
Played at 8:30 a.m. on a Wednesday. It took 4 and a half hours to play 11 holes and on the 12th hole it was so backed up that there were 4 groups at the tee, 1 group in the fairway and 1 on the green. The group in front of us called this into the clubhouse and they did nothing. We decided after 20 minutes to just leave. I asked the bag boy at the clubhouse if they had any rangers on today and he said they do not have rangers. I told him that we had to leave after 11 holes and he shrugged his shoulders and pushed us to get in to the gondola ... not even a sorry, raincheck, or a promise to address the slow play. Do not waste your money. Worst run course I have played in MB and I have played quite a few here.
Golf writer Ian Guerin shares his impression of one of only two Robert Trent Jones designs in the Grand Strand area: Waterway Hills Golf Club, located near Myrtle Beach's famed Restaurant Row.
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