|The course at Tidewater Golf Club and Plantation lies between the Intracoastal Waterway and Cherry Grove. It’s a highly regarded 18-hole layout that’s won many admirers since it opened in 1990.|
A top 10 in the Myrtle Beach Area and must play. Several bulkheaded greens jut out into or sit behind arms of the marsh.
What's interesting about Tidewater is how the course originated. Tax attorney Ken Tomlinson had wanted to have a golf course in the greater Myrtle Beach area but after testing the waters with Rees Jones, Tomlinson opted to create the course himself.
Tidewater is one of the Grand Strand's top courses.
Now, what's important to keep in mind is that Tidewater provides quality golf but the myriad of details that potentially could have elevated it higher are missing.
A truly talented architect has the wherewithal to anticipate elements a novice -- no matter how skilled they may think they area -- can provide.
You can clearly see that in the vanilla green designs. They are good but the intricate nature of what they could have been is missing. A quality architect provides greens that go far beyond your garden variety basic ones.
But, like I said at the outset -- Tidewater still is well done. Tomlinson was keen to avoid adding redundant elements -- in the tee-to-green area -- when playing you need to a full range of shots in order to post a quality score.
For someone who was doing their first course the net result is quite good.
by M. James Ward