The Oyster Bay Golf Links at the Legends Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach was developed by Larry Young and designed by Dan Maples. Two par three island greens and an eclectic mix of holes make this a memorable track.
My first time to The Grand Strand area came back in 1976 and I have been returning on and off again as circumstances permit. Much of the golf found in the area is akin to fast food -- serves an immediate purpose but hardly causing serious memory retention.
There are clear exceptions. Oyster Bay is one of them.
Credit Dan Maples and Larry Young for a smart balance of holes. People will view the total yardage of 6,700 yards and hardly bat an eye. However, the most important aspect you learn quickly is positioning off the tee is central to one's success -- or failure. The holes do weave through a series of tree lines and shaping shots is clearly an advantage for those able to do so consistently.
There's plenty of water to avoid but it takes an errant execution to likely encounter it.
The balancing of the holes is done well – you always must switch gears, make adjustments and never get complacent.
So much of the golf in the broader Grand Strand is akin to the buffet restaurants found in the area. There's plenty of food but hardly appetizing. Oyster Bay is a gourmet treat -- just make sure your utensils (golf clubs) are ready for action.
M. James Ward