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Wild Wing Plantation’s Avocet Course Celebrates 25 Years

Wild Wing Avocet 18th Hole

The Avocet course, designed by Larry Nelson and Jeff Brauer, has a nice mix of water hazards and every hole is unique. Holes 9 and 10 are par 4s with narrow fairways tucked in between two bunkers. There are only two fairways on the entire course where homes are visible from the golfers’ view, which means all the holes are surrounded by the nature preserve.

Named the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association's "Golf Course of the Year" in 2002 and 2003, Avocet presents multi-level tees and greens, contoured fairways and some of the most cleverly conceived holes you'll find anywhere.  It was recognized by Golf Digest as among “1994 Top 10 Best New Courses in America,” as well as being consistently rated a 4-star recipient since 1996 in its “Places to Play” guide. 

“I’d challenge you to try to find another course like Avocet,” said Rick Shultz, head golf professional at Wild Wing Plantation.  “Because of its uniqueness, it can be challenging.  But its a lot of fun.  This is a course you’ll be talking about for a while.”

Winding through the luscious landscape of tall pines, Avocet is every golfer’s paradise.  Number six is a long par 4 that you’ll remember because of its difficulty. The green is triple decked so gauging exact distance to the pin is important.

Number nine, par 4, has many unique design features, including its dual fairway and double green.  A line of grassy and sand pot bunkers bisect the double fairway making the green with no bunkers appear deceptively easy.  However, the front left features a re-creation of the famed "Valley of Sin" at St Andrews. Golfers who choose to hit a longer tee shot to the left fairway must come directly over this, and the penalty for coming up short or spinning back off the deck is a rather unusual putt that is probably seldom faced.

Number 10 is a rather unusual hole for Myrtle Beach because of the man-made elevation changes. The fairway has a severe cross slope that will bring a tee shot hit to the left side of theWild Wing 10th Hole fairway back down to the middle. From the preferred landing area near the edge of the bunkers, the green opens up, particularly the back left pin position. There are bunkers short of the green, but don't allow these to fool your depth perception. The green drops off steeply to the back, so be careful not to be long.

Avocet’s signature hole may be Number 14. From its elevated tee box, water on the right, deep trees on the left, and a hog’s-back green, Number 14 provides everyone with a challenge. This hole presents players with a decision to lay up in one of its two fairways or to be aggressive and try to drive the green, which is surprisingly advised for most. A close second to this hole would be the double green shared by Holes #6 and #17, with multiple pin locations on each hole.

Number 18 is modeled after the famed C.B. McDonald hole at Midocean.  It dares the golfer to bite off as much as he can chew on his tee shot to shorten the length of this long par 4. The four fairway bunkers are intended as targets only making this a fine golf hole for those who enjoy a dogleg left risk-reward hole to play. Number 18’s second shot may be the most difficult approach shot on the course, being at least two clubs back still for most. The large green is two-tiered and angled to the golfer, so a combination of distance and direction is essential to get close to the pin being just about two clubs back. Water and a dreadful bunker are obviously the places to miss.  The bulldozer operator actually made a mistake when he created that bunker, but we decided to keep it.

“Very challenging course. It was still in great shape even after all the rain we had earlier in the week,” said Craig from Columbus, Ohio.   “I would definitely play here again.”

“I always enjoy playing here, very challenging,” added Stanley.

“We were discussing whether or not to play this course. We were amazed on how great the course was,” said Paul from Western Springs, Ill.  “This is in the top three courses of  eight courses we played.”

Plans are in place to provide extra teeing areas to reduce yardages on certain holes to provide for more playability for all golfers.Wild Wing 17th Hole

Wild Wing Plantation also offers a warm and inviting pub to enjoy a great meal and beverage before or after you hit the links. Our award-winning pro shop stocks anything you may need, as well as a few "must haves." Wild Wing also has a great practice facility.

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