Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club70 Tanglewood Dr, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Consistently rated as a top course in South Carolina and with honors from Golf Digest and national outlets in its back pocket, Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club has combined Jack Nicklaus’ design with a perfect Lowcountry setting unlike anywhere else along the coast.
From the tree-lined fairways on the front to the marsh-laden back nine, Nicklaus’ reach extends further than “Jack’s Tree,” an oak in the middle of the fairway near his old house on No. 14.
“It is a fantastic golf course,” head professional Brian Lewis said. “I’ve worked at a few facilities throughout the years. It’s constantly in impeccable shape. It’s one of those courses where people can shoot 100 and they’re still happy when they leave.”
No hole here may be as consistently challenging as the “Shortest Par 5 on the Grand Strand” – a par-three No. 13 that has been giving players fits for years. Just 145 yards from the back tees, the green lies offset of the strip of tees that line the initial portion of the inlet. The shared rolling green (with No. 16) is surrounded on three sides by marshland. In other words, Jack wasn’t gonna let you off too easy.