The 18-hole Moorland layout at the Legends Golf Resort is a P.B. Dye design that first opened its doors to visiting golfers in 1990, the same year that Tom Doak’s Heathland course debuted at the same Myrtle Beach venue.
The Legends is production golf at its worst. The Legends has their formula and words like deviate and flexibility are frowned upon. However, they do know how create fantastic economical golf packages.
I liked the Moorlands the best. The first hole is welcoming, broad landing area with a pot bunker in front of the green. The first par five is a fun hole. Reachable with water all the way down the right side with trench bunkers. The fairway does split with a higher plateau on the left side about 110 yards out. The left leaning 3rd looks more intimidating than it is. There is plenty of room in the fairway unless you are left in the water. Play for the middle of the green as it does appear that the green is about to slide into the water hazard. The 4th is the longest par four on the course and the number one handicap. Lots of moguls, favor the right side. The 5th is a ho-hum mid-length par 3 with a large green. The 6th is a very reachable par 5, dogleg left. The landing area is generous, however water all the way down the left and similar to 3rd hole the green is perched just above the water. The 7th is a big boy par 3 at 245 from the tips with water down the left side.], handicap number 5. The 8th is a strange hole. It really is straight but angles hard right and then comes back. A short par four, big hitters can go for it, probably about 300 yards. Cutting the corner buys you a little bit, but I think laying up is the way to play this hole. The 9th is a long par 4, fairway bunker left and two greenside.
The back starts with a straight forward par four. Lot of moguls right and lot of bunkers left. I do not get the par 5 11th at all, 463 yards and straightaway. The 9th was 465 yards. Yes, you can get yourself in trouble if you hit a lousy shot, but that can happen anytime. Strange. Let’s follow that up with a 459 yard par 4, this one even has a table top green. The 13th is the shortest hole on the course. An attack iron to a green that has a wrap around bunker on the left side. The 14th is a short par 4. There is a strategic mound as the crow flies between the tee and the green starting about 225 yards. It is about a 280 yard carry with a small pot bunker behind it. Down the right side is a trench bunker. When it doubt go for it. The 15th is a real par five with a two section fairway. Off the tee pretty much straight ahead there is a row of pot bunkers. Just throwing this out there, avoid them. The second shot will be over a water hazard to the second fairway to set up your approach. The 16th is another short par 4. The green is raised and sits behind a large waste and several standard bunkers. The fairway actually extends past the green on the right. Definitely driveable. The 17th is a mid-length par 3 with the green tucked behind a large waste bunker. The finishing hole is a good one. Long dogleg left with water on the inside and a fairway bunker on the outside elbow. The green is protected with two bunkers.
It has a little bit of everything, some fun, interesting, boring and strange holes. Sounds like Myrtle Beach. Legends does offer good golf package values.