Opened in 1999, the course at Rivers Edge Golf Club is an Arnold Palmer layout that has steadily gained the reputation as one of the best public facilities in all of the United States. It’s now one of only two layouts in the Myrtle Beach area to have putting surfaces featuring paspalum grass greens.
Half a dozen of the holes on the course lie on top of bluffs overlooking lush marshlands on either side of the meandering Shallotte River. A further six holes are laid out alongside the river with the remaining interior holes characterized by subtle elevation changes and freshwater lakes.
Two of the par fives on the card, the 550-yard 3rd and 490-yard 17th, are both very highly regarded holes but it’s the 570-yard 9th that Arnold Palmer recently included in a list of his eighteen most challenging holes which he’s designed in the eastern United States, describing it as “the most diabolical hole here - the one by which most golfers singularly measure their success for the day”.
I knew very little going in and even though it was a cloudy / wet day, I could not be a bigger fan of this course. WOW! Awesome. I love the routing especially along the tidal marsh, but this course has very few "throwaway holes". It's the kind of course you can play once and remember 16 of the 18 holes very clearly. The Par-5 9th (1st picture below - from the fairway) is understandably one of the 18 best holes I've ever played as the skinny fairway doglegs right into the marsh to an even skinnier green. Picturesque and with a delicious risk/reward. That said, the Par-4 17th was actually my FAVORITE hole, and as you'll see in the 2nd photo attached, potentially the hardest pin to attack I've played in a long, long time. Pictures do not do this approach / green justice, how it takes a 90-degree right turn into the green and if the pin is tucked (as it was for me) in the back right, there is simply no way to go at it given the small, but devilishly placed Oak Tree right in front of the green. River's Edge is challenging, fun, and will make you think your way around the golf course. I was thorougholy impressed and hope to get back someday. A brilliant Palmer design.
Palmer design with several holes beside and sticking into the marsh. Bulkhead greens on several holes call for accuracy with the irons.
Played Rivers Edge 10 March 2008. It was the fortieth course I've played in the Myrtle Beach area and is one of my top 5 favorites. The holes along the Shallotte River and tidal Marsh are beautiful and challenging. The inland holes add variety. The signature hole is #9, a par 5 that requires a good tee shot and then challenges you to bite off as much as you can on your second shot across the Marshalnd to a narrow of fairway jutting out toward the River.
This course is a must play if you are visiting the Brunswick County or Myrtle Beach area. It has got everything you will want in a golf course. Challenge, scenery, atmosphere and the best set of par 5s I have ever played. Each hole is different and it is a joy to play there. It is a 45 minute drive from Myrtle Beach but you will not be sorry for making it....ask any MB regular for a top 5 course and Rivers Edge will be in there.