The Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole layout at TPC Myrtle Beach is one of 38 courses operating at thirty private and public golf facilities within a Tournament Players Club network that now extends beyond the United States to Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Opened for daily fee play in 1999, the course was thrust into the golfing limelight the following year when it hosted the end of season Senior Tour Championship (now known as the Charles Schwab Cup Championship) on the PGA Tour Champions professional circuit.
Twenty years after making its debut, the course underwent a significant update, resulting in bunkers being renovated, cart paths refurbished and encroaching trees removed to facilitate better turf conditions on and around the putting surfaces.
Holes to look out for include the 158-yard 5th hole in the southeast corner of the property, where water protects the front and left of the green, and the 472-yard 9th, rated stroke index 1, which features water to the right of the landing zone.
On the back nine, the short par four 12th (one of the few holes not oriented on a northeast-southwest axis) presents a great chance for a birdie, while the par five 18th provides a tough finish with a creek down the right feeding into a pond on the left halfway to the home green.
Much of the golf found in the Grand Strand area -- the marketing term used to illustrate the array of golf courses stretching from adjoining Brunswick County in NC and extending as far south as Georgetown, SC.
Unfortunately, like a cheap buffet much of the golf found in the area is at best functional golf that fills an immediate need. Most of it is nothing more than one play and then move onward. The architecture, if one so charitably wishes to call it as such, is low brow entertainment. Fortunately, there are exceptions and TPC / Myrtle Beach is clearly one golf option to search out when in the area.
The golf design features a quality assortment of holes and unlike so many other Tom Fazio designs which overdose on the "beauty" but lack on the "substance" side -- that's not the case here.
Driving the ball is central to one's success as fairways are protected by different elements. Those who are consistently spraying the ball will find the time spent here to be quite taxing on one's nerves and your golf ball budget.
The lone issue is that the routing follows predominantly a north/south and south/north formula. That doesn't mean to say it's a major downer but having a routing that moves much more comprehensive movements only add to the shotmaking challenges and the resulting adjustments players have to make.
The course starts well and if there's any setback it comes with the series of holes prior to reaching the rugged long par-4 9th.
The inward half is the more consistent of the two nines. The final quartet of hole ends the day in a splendid fashion. Two par4s are in the mix -- the 15th and 16th -- which are quite varied in the challenges they provide. The penultimate hole - a par-3 of 193 yards -- is testing because of a water penalty area that hugs the right side of the green. The closing hole provides for the possibility of a major shift in fortunes -- eagles can be claimed for the boldest of plays and no less than double-bogey awaits those who fail to execute as water again is ever near to the putting surface.
TPC / Myrtle Beach is without question one of the top ten layouts one can play in the Grand Strand area and a good argument can be made the layout belongs among the top five. There's little doubt on the amount of golf that's available to be played in the broader Myrtle Beach area but only a select handful meriting special attention. TPC Myrtle Beach is one of them.
M. James Ward
TPC Myrtle is a challenging layout. Choose your tee box wisely. Several of the holes if you step back, and not even all the way back, can offer a very substantial forced carry on a few holes. The final hole with the meandering creek which goes up the fairway requiring you to decide which side to go to causes many to have their round ruined. A great selection of par 3's which require coverage of different lengths. Strategic use of fairway bunkers create the need for precision with your tee game. It is one of the must plays in Myrtle, especially if you are staying toward the south end.
Strong layout and great conditions as you would expect from a TPC course.
TPC Myrtle Beach wasn't necessarily a memorable golf experience considering its a TPC course. There are so many options in this part of the country, which makes it hard for this one to stick out. Having said that, its still a nice track, probably a bit overpriced because of the TPC moniker. What stuck out for me on the course was the closing stretch. #16 is a par 4 with water early on up the right side and then tree lined thereafter. The green is also protected by bunker around the front. #17 is a par three protected by water on the right side (pretty hole). And finally #18 is a par 5 with a creek that runs up the right side (also a fun hole).
I'd play it again if I had the chance. A fun golf course that is also quite challenging. I would consider it just on the outside of the top tier courses in the area. The Barefoot resort probably offers a better value.
Nice course, lotta competition around the area though. Neat layout with some 200+ yard forced carries. Can be a problem if you don't hit that off the tee. Overall the greens and fairways are in decent condition. The price is a little steep however given the competition in the area. Would I play TPC again? Yes, but only if I didn't have to pay the full price.