The Barefoot Resort has established itself among the leaders in a region crowded with public golf options, and its collection of four courses — crafted by modern architecture standouts and former PGA professionals — are at the base of that success. Davis Love III joins Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, and Greg Norman in creating a design for the resort.
Much has been made about Love being “Carolina-born” when discussing his clubs in South Carolina...never mind that he was born in Charlotte, relative high country compared to the South Carolina low country culture. That said, the setting for his Barefoot course could make anyone seem like a native, winding between the ruins of a southern mansion that used to sit on the property.
Love nods to his true North Carolina roots in the course itself, however, establishing that he sought to emulate the greens and fairways of Pinehurst when designing this Myrtle Beach course. He leaves plenty of room for the weak player to land while challenging the best player to find the proper angle of approach if they’re hoping to score on these flowing putting surfaces.
The Love Course at Barefoot opens with a welcoming par 4. It leans a little left with fairway bunkers left as well as greenside. The first par five bends right and is reachable. If you are too far right off the tee you may end up having some tree issues. There is a water hazard right and four bunkers short to at least make you think about it. The first par three is mid-length with water down the right side and bunkers front right and left. The 4th is a fun driveabe par four. Leans a little left with water down the right. To clear the last bunker from the tips is about 260 yards. There is also a replica of an old plantation home overrun with vines to the right and behind the green. The fifth is a long par four dogleg right and the number one handicap hole. The landing area is squeezed with bunkers on both sides. You will have a long approach into a raised green. The 6th is a dogleg right with a bunker and a water hazard on the inside elbow. The approach is sightly uphill to a very narrow multi-tiered green tucked behind a stone wall. The 7th, while long, has an extremely generous landing area. Left is better, but be careful of the pesky fairway bunkers on the left and water right. The 8th is a good par five. Water right off the tee, but a wide fairway. There is gunch in front of the green starting about 80 yards out. Play it as a 3 shotter. The 9th is a 235 yard par 3 over gunch to a large landing area, for a par 3.
The back starts with a couple of birdie oppties. The 10th is a short par four that bends left with a waste bunker to clear on the approach. The 11th is the shortest hole on the course with one of the smallest greens. The 12th is a long left leaning par four. The approach is another gunch carry. The par 5 13th is not even 30 yards longer than the 12th. It tilts right, and a stream winds it way thru the hole and creates a split fairway. Right is much narrower but with a shorter approach. If you avoid the stream it is a great birdie chance. The 14th has a deceptive fairway. The left side is wider, but your approach will need to carry a water hazard and bunker. Right is much tighter, but a direct approach with little danger. The 15th is a long par three. The 16th is a gunch carry off the tee to a fairway that is split by a fairway bunker. As an unapologetic hooker, I favored the eft side. The 17th is a long par 4 with fairway bunkers on each side and a water hazard left. The last par five is long and demanding, play it as a 3 shotter. At about 250 yards out the hole bends left with a waste area squeezing the fairway. The waste area morphs into a water hazard and the green is also protected by three bunkers. Tough finishing hole.
Above average for Myrtle Beach, but I will not go back.
This is my favorite course at Barefoot. Wide fairways, firm fast greens.
I loved the Love course at Barefoot (no pun intended). While it is still definitely a resort course, its a good one. The way that Love incorporated the ruins on an old plantation on the front nine for several holes was really cool and unique. The sixth hole even uses part of the plantation wall near the green which was brilliant.
The back nine didn't necessarily have a ton of memorable holes but the finishing par 5 was a good one and there was a split fairway par 4 that was also unique and I thought a good hole. Out of all the courses Iv'e played in Myrtle Beach, this was one of the best. Really enjoyed it,