True Blue Plantation and sister course, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
are the only two companion courses by the same designer to make Golf Digest's list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses". Both courses are "must plays" by designer Mike Strantz, the creator of another fabled course, the unique and sometimes controversial Tobacco Road
in NC. True Blue was built on a Colonial indigo and rice plantation that is lined with tall pines and live oaks offering surprising elevation changes for the area. Completed in 1998 four years after Caledonia, it was immediately recognized as one of the "Top 10 Best New Public Courses" by Golf Digest and is still ranked as the "#1 Public Course in the Myrtle Beach Area". True Blue has wide fairways, rolling terrain, large greens with water on seven holes and more sand than the "Sahara Desert". This course is a true test of skills. There are five sets of tees from 4995 to 7126 yards so pick the right yardage to suit your game. You may think you can 'overpower' this course but be forewarned that the par fives are all three shot holes. To prove my theory, from the tips the first hole is a 624-yard dogleg left that punishes you for being too aggressive. Not only is there a waste bunker all the way down the left side, there is a large bunker on the right side. Once you have run this gauntlet, there is the green side water and series of bunkers that guard this enormous green. Need I say more? Hole #3 has been billed as one the greatest holes along the Grand Strand. This spectacular par 3 is surrounded by a lake and a beach of sand, made more complicated by a sliver of a green to work with. Good luck! True Blue will keep you honest but also serves up great rewards both on and off the course. If you need a little 'sustenance' after you round, let us suggest you drop by the clubhouse for an outstanding bowl of chef, David Elliot's New England style clam chowder. The best I've ever tasted and just like the course it will leave you wanting more!