In 1990, the 18-hole Heathland layout opened for play at the 54-hole Legends Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach, the same year that P.B. Dye’s Moorland course debuted at the same venue. The Heathland was only the second course that Tom Doak had built, way before he became a well-known name in golf course design.
“My client here asked for an ode to the links courses of Britain & Ireland”, wrote Tom Doak in The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses , “and having lived there just a few years prior, I was determined to provide a counterpoint to the many courses of the era which sold themselves as Scottish. The flat site required wall-to-wall shaping, but we tried to show a measure of restraint, building due ridges across the property rather than mounding alongside each hole. Anyone who’s watched the Open Championship on TV should recognize my ode to the [St Andrews] Road hole green at the 7th and a tip of the hat to the Home hole at Royal Lytham.”
Tom Doak's second course and an early indication of his talent and abilities as a designer. Myrtle Beach abounds with courses that claim some resemblance to course in GB&I but his is one of the few that actually pulls this off. The tee shots are in general very generous and the greens large and challenging but generally very fair. A large number of fun and interesting holes. I really enjoy the par 4 ninth, downhill off the tee and then uphill for the second. This course has a nice rolling feel to the terrain and is open and virtually treeless, making it unique to the area. This course really doesn't play like a true links or heathland course because the turf is not firm enough, but if you play here you can get a reasonable glimpse of golf across the pond. I always look forward to playing here and I think the course has stood up well over the years.