Designed by Clyde Johnston and first opened for play in 1997, the course at Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links is one of three fascinating 18-hole layouts operated by the Glens Golf Group.
Glen Dornoch’s first hole is extraordinarily welcoming, especially for us hookers. A decent drive will leave with a wedge. The 2nd hole is a longer straightaway par 4. Only really bad tees shots will end up in the water in front of the tee box. There is also a micro-pot bunker left, not sure about that and two bunkers in front of the green. The 3rd is a good birdie oppty. It leans left with a six-pack of bunkers in front of the green. A 300 yard drive will have you putting for eagle. I ended up going bunker to bunker. The prudent play is probably layup right to your favorite wedge yardage. The 4th is a forgettable par 3. The 5th is a big boy par five that bends left. Off the tee aim at the fairway bunkers in the distance. Your second shot will need to clear gunch, if you hit a lousy drive best to lay up. There is also a brook bisecting the fairway in front of the green at a 60 degree angle. This green is about 60 yards long and skinny. Good hole. The 6th is a sharp dogleg right with a fairway bunker thru the fairway. There is gunch right, do not get cute, hit it straight and no more than 250 yards. The 7th is another forgettable par three that is a club longer than the 4th. The 8th is a long par five downhill ending at the intercoastal. Off the tee straight is best but on the second right is better. The green is protected by a gaggle of bunkers. The 9th is the longest par four with water all the way down the right. Good luck avoiding the bunkers en route to the shared green with 18, deservedly the number one handicap hole.
The back starts with a par five that leans a wee bit right. This is another hole with a gunch carry that will have most of us playing it as a 3 shotter. The 11th’s biggest challenge is a cross bunker that will eat up mediocre tee shots. The 12th is a short par four and a birdie oppty. The only real challenge is the water hazard in front of the green. The 13th is a dogleg left par five with a water hazard on the inside elbow. My advice, play it as a three shotter. Off the tee hit it straight. For the second favor left of center as the tree line sneaks in from the right, of course don’t get crazy as the water hazard is lurking left. The 14th is the best par 3 so far, but….The 15th is a straightaway par four with a tree in a bunker just right of center in the fairway about 130 yards from the green. As an unabashed hooker, I favored the left side. The 16th is a tough par four. Favor the left of center off the tee and do not hit it more than 260 or you will be in the gunch. This green has a wraparound bunker right front to back left. The 17th is finally the par 3 that you have been waiting for. A water carry with bunkers right. The 18th is a tough finishing hole. S shaped with fairway runouts. Big hitters can go to the left fairway, it is a very small landing zone. If you play to the right fairway you cannot hit it more than 250 and you have almost made it a 3 shot hole. A ravine separates the left and right fairways.
One of the better courses in the Myrtle Beach area. The par fives and 9 and 18 make the course. Other than 17 the par 3s are disappointing, but, I would play it again.