The Moorland Course at Legends Resort is one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most popular layouts but it’s also regarded as one of the most challenging.
Golf Digest once rated Moorland the 37th toughest golf course in America, but this is one top 50 ranking a Myrtle Beach golf course doesn’t deserve. The Moorland Course isn’t easy, playing 6,755 yards from the tips with a slope and rating of 73.8/136, but it’s not even the most challenging layout at the 54-hole Legends property.
The Moorland Course has runway-wide fairways and some of the biggest greens on the beach, encouraging players to swing away with the driver. The challenge comes on the greens, where size and undulation make the threat of a three-putt a common concern.
The best hole at Moorland is the shortest - the 270-yard (from tips) par 4, 16th that begs players to pound the driver in search of a green that is protected by several of the layout’s most feared bunkers. The 16th, known as Hell’s Half Acre, presents the ultimate risk-reward decision: try to drive the green in hopes of making an eagle or play it safe and escape with a par?
Regardless of how golfers elect to play No. 16, they remember enjoyment of Moorland at Legends Resort far more than the difficulty.
Each of the following holes is rated no higher than the ninth-hardest on its respective course. Those worthy of some extra warning include eye-popping distractions, a devilish distinction and bunkering that is anything but easy to avoid.
There’s a reason fall golf in Myrtle Beach is so popular. Weather, availability, diversity of playability and off-course entertainment all factor in here. But with all those ringing true, some courses have distinguished themselves among the flock as being more than capable of handling the heaviest times of the year while minimizing hitches.
There are so-called golf meccas in the United States that bill themselves as having a course for everyone. And even though reputations are earned and tastes differ, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Myrtle Beach has lost more courses in the last 15 years than some of those other areas are still boasting.