Occupying a lovely spot on the South Carolina coast between the Waccamaw River and the Atlantic Ocean, the golf course at DeBordieu Club has hosted many regional events since it opened in 1987, including the Carolinas Mid-Amateur and Carolinas Senior Amateur Championships.
“Not as flashy as some Dye designs, but well worth seeing,” is how Daniel Wexler describes the course in The American Private Golf Club Guide. The author continues: “DeBordieu Club has long rated among the Myrtle Beach region’s strongest tests, its nearly dead-flat site transformed by all manner of artificial mounding and bunkering into a tough and interesting layout.
Some of its best holes come early, first of all at the all-carry 170-yard 4th (whose shallow green angles around the corner of a pond), then especially at the 430-yard 5th, which plays from an elevated tee to another waterside putting surface. The 212-yard 8th features some imposing bulkheading of its pond-guarded green.
Play moves to a back nine headed by strong par fours like the 427-yard 13th (a dogleg left around a massive waste area), and the 449-yard 17th, which is menaced by water down its entire right side. And then there is the 566-yard 18th, a dangerous par five with more right-side water, but also a large waste area precisely where one would like to aim their second.”
DeBordieu is, for lack of a better term, a rather typical Dye course without a lot to distinguish the course from others in the area. Lots of water hazards to negotiate and no particularily memorable holes. I actually like the nearby, and similar course by Nicklaus design at Pawley's plantation.