In a region where desire for both golf and residency is high, The Reserve at Pawleys Island is fortunate to occupy a parcel where the golf course can roam freely around the wetlands without coming into contact with the associated residential neighborhoods. It is one of only two Greg Norman designs in the region surrounding Myrtle Beach, one of the most golf-dense areas in the world (the other is his course at the Barefoot Resort).
The course’s aesthetic is dominated by a combination of sandy waste areas and official bunkers, which Norman occasionally brings into contact with each other (make sure you have a rules official on hand if you’re not sure whether you can ground your club or not).
Considering the angle at which to challenge these hazards will be the biggest determinant of both how long the course plays, and how high one’s scorecard tallies up. From the tips, The Reserve plays to more than 7,200 yards. A decent number of these yards can be found at the property’s two longest par fives, which play at 615 and 605 yards, respectively. The latter will be your final challenge before arriving back at the clubhouse.
Course has a great layout and a variety of holes. Requires the golfer to think his way around the course and commit to playing more accurately rather than bombing driver every hole. The Par 3s aren't very memorable but nonetheless a good track to play if in the area. Pretty mundane green complexes. Nothing worthy to note as the greens seemed similar throughout the course with little variety. Course was in great shape when we played with the greens rolling true.
The Reserve is a very nice place. I had the chance to play here in October with some buds. We were introduced by one of our group. The course is very welcoming. The conditions were excellent. Each hole seems set apart from the others. We played 5 courses in the area and this was the only private one. It was like the 3rd or 4th best of the 5 we played. It's a little off the strand so that creates a better possibility for success with being private. If you have the chance to play, take it. Is it worth pulling strings to get the chance to play...Not so much. There are so many great public courses in the area.
Wow I would rate this course much higher. I think it is significantly better than almost all of the Myrtle Beach area courses in the rankings. Really solid Norman design with 18 unique holes. Really has more of the feel of a Carolina Sandhills type course rather than a Myrtle Beach layout. The tee shot landing areas are generous, although somewhat deceiving as the fairways slope off from the center encouraging shots to roll into the pine straw that surrounds the fairways. Quite a few outstanding holes. The par four 5th is only around 380 yards but ranks as the number 1 handicap hole due to the really tight and difficult drive that must be positioned perfectly to approach the green. The par four 9th has a tough approach over a marsh and 18 is a difficult par 5 that is a true three shot hole. This course has a nice combination of par 4's that edge both right and left, 4 nice par threes and tough par 5's that are difficult to hit in two even for long hitters. There are a great variety of teeing areas that should allow a player to choose the appropriate challenge for their level of play. A nice challenging course that is loads of fun to play.