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Parkland At The Legends Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.0

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Myrtle Beach, SC
Website
· Stay & Play
Date Last Played: June 04, 2010

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Parkland At The Legends Review

The Legends is home to five outstanding and distinctly different courses – Parkland, Heritage, Moorland, Heathland, and Oyster Bay.  Moorland was designed by Pete Dye and is the most challenging of the three courses and requires target golf thanks to  large expanses of natural growth, sand, sculpted terrain,  water, and waste areas combined with extraordinary undulations and bulk headed areas.  Moorland at The Legends was designated by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 50 Toughest Courses.”  Heathland is a return to the “Old Country” traditions and is molded in the image of the British Isles links courses with holes reminiscent of St. Andrews - no tree or high vegetation, strategically placed steep bunkers,  and deep rough.  Oyster Bay, rated 4 ½ stars and “Best New Resort Course” by Golf Digest combines a rare, harmonious blend of penal, heroic, and strategic golf shots with cavernous bunkers and wickedly undulation greens.  And Heritage Club (rated #46 in Golf Digest's 2007/2009 "Top 100 Public Courses in America") is a trip back in time, built on two historic plantations this is the more traditional course with giant magnolias, freshwater lakes, and marshes.

We played Parkland during a week long golf vacation to Myrtle Beach and really enjoyed it.  Parkland leverages the diversity and beauty of the natural terrain with contoured, tree lined fairways, vast natural areas, deep faced bunkers, and massive multi-level greens.  Strategy from tee to green as well as a deft touch off the tee and on the approach is required to score well here.  The course plays in and out of some neighborhoods as well as through the natural areas - you're in for a great round of golf as well as a very scenic cart ride through the marshes and trees. 

The first hole sets the stage for what you're up against when you play Parkland - a 380 yard par 4 with a wide forgiving contoured fairway, playable rough, 10 soft sand bunkers of all shapes and sizes, and a big elevated green with both slope and undulation.  What makes this course fun is that it throws a little bit of everything at you - forced carries, deep and steep bunkers and plenty of them, natural areas, risk reward opportunities, trees, and water on 12 holes.  

The bunkers as well as the greens are what made Parkland very challenging for us Texas flat landers.  The greens are large, hold the ball well, and in very good condition, but they have plenty of ridges, slope, and undulation, are fast, and for us two and three putts were common.  Some of the greens are a real roller coaster ride.  

Make sure you make every effort to avoid the 112 bunkers.  They range in size from small pot bunkers to huge, very steep, and deep bus sized bunkers.  In fact, you may want to carry a ladder and some snacks, water, or a lunch each time you go into one of the steep ones - you may be there awhile.  I was in them quite frequently and occasionally I would escape from one only to land in it's next door neighbor. I'm still shaking sand from my pockets, shoes, and hair!

The fairways are forgiving unless you spray the ball and encounter the bunkers, huge mounds, or berms.  The fairways were lush and thick so we didn't get the roll like you do on your flat and dry Texas fairways.  This was the first course of 10 that we played and we found that the dense thick ocean air and the lack of roll forced us to club up one or two clubs on each shot - we were easily losing 30 to 40 yards per shot. 

Parkland At The Legends has some very fun holes like the 200 yard par 3 #5 with a carry over water to a green with water around the back and sides of the green and two big bunkers protecting the front; #9 gives you a good risk reward shot if you want to try to shorten this dog leg right that follows a creek along the right side to a green that requires a precise landing; and #11 that has a forced carry over a natural area to a small landing zone guarded by four bunkers and then a target shot to the green with water across the front and 5 bunkers around the rest of it.  And the finishing hole is going to make you want to come back to master this 18.

The Legends is also home to Ted Frick Classic Swing Golf School and custom club fitting.  After our round, I was ready to sign up for a bunker lesson. 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 7,215 74.9 136
Blue 6,834 72.6 133
White 5,968 71.0 126
Red 5,351 72.0 125

Course Information

Course Architect:
Larry Young with help from Pete Dye
Greens Type:
Champion Bermuda
Greens Condition
9.5
Greens Difficulty
9.5
GPS:
No
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 12 holes and the 118 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.0 out of 10
Beauty:
9.0
Difficulty:
9.0
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
9.5
Value:
9.0
Condition:
9.7
Front Nine Rating:
9.3
Back Nine Rating:
9.3
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$84.00 to $135.00

The clubhouse is unbelievable, the pro shop is very well stocked, the practice facilities are excellent, and the food is good.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.