Recent Golf Course Reviews


thegolfinguy
Lakeland, FL
12 Reviews
Blackmoor Golf Club of Murrells Inlet, SC
  
Gary Player has played and designed golf courses all around the world, but there’s only one Gary Player Signature Course on the Grand Strand - Blackmoor Golf Club. Blackmoor Golf Club plays 6,614 yards from the back tees, with a course rating of 71.1 and a slope of 126. Blackmoor is also a favorite of female visitors to the Myrtle Beach area and plays 4,807 yards. Play from the yardage that best suits your game and you’re sure to have a good time.

This Gary Player signature course takes advantage of the natural terrain as well as beautiful vistas, producing a combination of shot varieties, which adds to your enjoyment no matter how good or bad you’re playing. Marshes, wetlands and/or water come into play on about half the holes and the green complexes are well protected with either sand or grass bunkers and swales. With all of the thought Player put into this course, he has made it challenging for low handicappers and enjoyable for high handicappers.

Easily the most memorable hole on the golf course is Number 8, a par 4 that plays 347 yards from the White tees – much shorter with Option B. “A Tale of Two Fairways” would be an appropriate name for this hole. The conventional, aka wider fairway is to the left, making this a dogleg right. You can leave driver in the bag with this route and hit a 3-wood or hybrid off the tee. That should leave a moderate chip shot into the green.

Option B is for the gambler in you. Number 8 gives you an option to go directly at the green, up a narrow alleyway which plays about 270 yards. Be warned, hit it straight or pay the price. Either way, you end up at a gently undulating green protected with bunkers left – or behind the green – depending on your route. Executed correctly, Option B could help you pick up a shot on the field.

Even without the old slave cemetery that runs down the left side of this hole and dates back to the 1800’s, Number 13 (478 yards from the White Tees) would still be a good hole. Add in the cemetery and good becomes great! Calling this a dogleg right doesn’t do it justice; it’s more like a 45° right turn. A long fade off the tee goes a long way in lessening the burden on your second shot, where, depending on your length off the tee, you’ll have a decision to make. Anyone with a clear shot at the green needs to go for it; there’s not a lot of trouble around the green other than a bunker on the right side and trees on the left if you’re way off. The green slopes from back right to front left, so do your best to keep the ball below the hole.

Half of the holes at Blackmoor are doglegs and will require not only proper club selection but also good placement if you want to score well. Many greens are elevated and require you to fly it on the green as opposed to running it on. All of the greens roll fast and true.

Blackmoor also has an excellent practice area with a full-length driving range where you can hit every club in the bag to your heart’s content, and a putting green. The clubhouse features a well-stocked pro shop with all of your favorite logoed Blackmoor gear and a grill and bar that serves all of your favorite libations and clubhouse food. The burgers are unbelievable.

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Date Played: July 18, 2017 | Cost: $0.00


4Aces
Severn, MD
319 Reviews
The Woodlands of Windsor Mill, MD
  
Low rating because of ground bees on 16 out of 18 greens! They had bored holes with sand mounds all over the greens, and there were just hordes of bees flying all around. You had to use bug spray to spray them directly just to walk to and from and on the green. The course should spray for these--they are damaging the greens and are annoying to players. They were also in several bunkers. Other than that, the course seemed to be in pretty good shape--they were watering when we were there. Most of the fairways are in good condition and the rough has not yet started to brown out. We had an early tee time so were done in 3.3 hrs.

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Date Played: July 17, 2017 | Cost: $35


thegolfinguy
Lakeland, FL
12 Reviews
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club of Pawleys Island, SC
  
To golfers in Myrtle Beach and those who travel from many miles away, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club is Myrtle Beach golf. Since opening to the public in January 1994, Caledonia has rapidly gained and maintained a reputation as one of the premier resort courses in America. In 2016, Golf Magazine ranked Caledonia as one of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” and Golf Week placed it on its list of “Top 100 Resort Courses in America” for 2016 and 2017.

A quick look at the scorecard tells you that at 6,526 yards from the back tees, this Mike Strantz masterpiece is not likely to overwhelm the long hitter. But consider that it’s a par 70 course and the rating/slope from the tips is 71.8/138, and you quickly learn this course is no pushover. In fact, the White Tees at 5,710 yards (67.6/127) will show most golfers a challenge and a good time.

Ask any newcomer to the course which hole was their favorite, and the majority will choose Number 18. It’s a 377-yard par 4 that requires something less than driver off the tee. The goal here is to avoid the water and leave yourself a second shot, over water into an oddly angled green that has two tiers. The top tier tends to funnel back towards the water. Bunkers surround the green and to top things off, you may have a gallery watching your approach and putt from the balcony directly behind the green. It’s fun and intimidating at the same time!

I asked several members and Assistant Professional Mike Foley the same question and, interesting enough, all agreed that the risk/reward par 5, Number 8 was their favorite. At 512 yards from the Blue Tees, a well-struck drive off the tee over the left fairway bunker on the right leaves you with a decision. The rest of the hole plays downhill and a good drive will leave around 225 yards to the green. Again, it’s downhill, which makes it play shorter, however there is a pond in front of the green that you must carry. Something else to consider is pin location. If it’s front, it is slightly above water level. If it’s a back pin, the upper level of the green sits about four feet higher. It’s the ultimate risk/reward hole on the course.

My favorite was Number 10, a 531-yard par 5 that I almost reached in two. Fairway bunkers on either side create a narrow landing area for your drive and the waste bunker dotted with grass islands that make up the right side of the fairway is an imposing obstacle to overcome on your layup. The double-tiered green demands a good long look if you want to score well here – unfortunately I did not!

Even the short par 3, 9th hole (110 yards/Blue Tees) requires a certain amount of distance control and accuracy. Although it’s short, it’s all carry over sand, and with the green being very shallow, the two back bunkers see a lot of play. Number 7 is a short but interesting hole. It plays 346 yards from the Blue Tees and, with a right-side pin placement, 9 out of 10 players will have to play their approach shot over or under a massive moss-draped oak tree. Find the fairway bunker on the left off the tee and big numbers await.

After your round, do what many locals and other golfers do and visit the restaurant in the Old South-style clubhouse. They have a tremendous menu and, of course, your favorite post-golf libations. Now it’s your turn to sit in a porch rocker and offer encouragement on fellow golfers’ approach to the 18th green.

No round at Caledonia is complete without a souvenir of the day’s events and the pro shop can hook you up with a hat, shirt or towel from your favorite designer, complete with the Caledonia logo.

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Date Played: July 15, 2017 | Cost: $0.00


pittfaninmd
Essex, MD
83 Reviews
  
Course is in great shape from tee to green. Only 4 star rating on the greens due to lack of speed,rolled smoothly though. Great layout with a nice bar and deck and attached restaurant

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Date Played: July 8, 2017 | Cost: $45


4Aces
Severn, MD
319 Reviews
Quail Valley Golf Club of Littlestown, PA
  
I have always liked the layout of this course, and the tee boxes, fairways, and greens are in excellent condition. I've already played 79 rounds this year, and these greens are easily the best I've played this year! They were excellent...nice pace, very consistent roll, and readable. I had 11 putts on the front and 16 on the back! The fairways were lush, but mowed to a nice length...as was the rough. It was not too punishing, but did require you to think through how you wanted to hit the ball to make the shot you wanted. Finally, the pace of play was EXCELLENT! We played on a Saturday in under 4 hrs. The marshal was riding around the course--we saw him often. The foursome in front of us started out slow (with at least one hole open in front of them). By #5, they were moving out and we never waited again. Kudos to the staff for managing the course! Overall, course in super condition and the $42 rack rate was a great value!

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Date Played: July 8, 2017 | Cost: $42


pittfaninmd
Essex, MD
83 Reviews
Pilgrim's Oak Golf Course of Peach Bottom, PA
  
First time playing, I was impressed with the helpful staff and excellent conditions. Definitely a shot makers course with very undulated and multi tier greens. Course is player friendly and really forgiving. Big hitters make this course a pitch and putt

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Date Played: July 4, 2017 | Cost: $53


Yumamss
Buchanan, MI
1 Reviews
17 of 18 greens are dead no grass. Course should reduce rates for green fees and cart fees

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Date Played: June 17, 2017 | Cost: $39.00


4Aces
Severn, MD
319 Reviews
Pilgrim's Oak Golf Course of Peach Bottom, PA
  
Tee Time Book $40 on Saturday after 10:30. Great deal! My last year review still stands--course in excellent condition from tee to green. Bunkers also in great shape. We played in about 4 hrs. 40 mins. Even though that's still a pretty decent time, Pilgrim's Oak continues to allow twosomes to play one behind the other vs. having them pair up to help with pace of play. We waited every hole, every shot. Unfortunate, because it does detract from the overall experience. Course and staff great, though!

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Date Played: June 17, 2017 | Cost: $40


4Aces
Severn, MD
319 Reviews
Royal Manchester Golf Links of Mt. Wolf, PA
  
Always a favorite, Royal Manchester didn't disappoint. Since they closed the course in 2015 due to chemical treatment ruining the greens, the course has come back and is in excellent shape. The greens are back to their usual smooth and fast. And the fairways are exceptional. Even the mounds are cut back to long rough on the front facing side with only the native grasses mostly on the top and down the back. Guess they mowed them this way to help with pace of play. Even with the 96 degrees, there was a nice breeze blowing over the rolling terrain so it wasn't bad at all. This course is worth the drive from the Baltimore area.

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Date Played: June 13, 2017 | Cost: $37


4Aces
Severn, MD
319 Reviews
  
I haven't played this course in 12-13 years. What a pleasure!! It was in fabulous condition, from tee to green and everything in between. I've read several less-than-favorable reviews on this course, and I just don't get it! From the time we drove into the parking lot until we left, the staff treated us like royalty...bag drop, pro shop, starter, and restaurant. The course was pretty quiet--maybe the 95 degree weather had something to do with it--but we basically had the course to ourselves. Excellent, excellent condition! It was $49 w/the Tee Time Book and that was a steal. I can't wait to go back. What a treat!

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Date Played: June 12, 2017 | Cost: $49