True Blue Golf Club is one of the best Myrtle Beach and America has to offer. The Mike Strantz course is ranked 77th on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, and Golf Channel travel guru Matt Ginella recently ranked it as America’s 42nd best public course.
What makes True Blue special is a design that’s visually stunning and relentlessly creative, no matter a golfer’s skill level.
True Blue’s fairways are upwards of 100 yards wide in spots, giving players the ability to bomb away off the tee, but the sprawling waste bunkers must be avoided. Given the strength of the course, identifying a signature hole is nearly impossible as it’s strong throughout.
The par 3 6th, which can vary in length by up to three clubs based on pin location, and the short par 4 8th stand out on the front nine. The back nine is outstanding, culminating with a tremendous three-hole finish that provides a test of skill and nerve as water comes into play on all three holes.
If you are a serious Myrtle Beach golfer, True Blue has to be on your bucket list. The course is as fun to play as it is memorable, which is saying a lot.
Course designers have taken a similar approach when it comes to laying out their work. Backload most of their memorable holes, ensuring that the lasting memories aren’t watered down by the bulk of their architecture. But when it comes to the sheer number of courses in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., some astounding opening holes were almost inevitable.
Some golf courses are not only crafted by marshes and wet lands; they’re defined by them. They pop visually to the eye and camera lens, offering a different feel to a round. Accompanying natural grasses and wildlife simply aren’t available to everyone.
The 1990s were a time of economic prosperity, and that didn’t just mean in places like Silicon Valley. . From 1990-1999, a total of 19 new courses opened in the Myrtle Beach area, not including several more just across the border in North Carolina.
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