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TPC of Myrtle Beach Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.8

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Murrells Inlet, SC
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Date Last Played: June 13, 2010

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TPC of Myrtle Beach Review

The TPC of Myrtle Beach, was designed by Tom Fazio and opened to rave reviews in 1999, some of which included a 5 Star Rating by Golf Digest, “Top Ten Courses in South Carolina,” and inclusion in Golf Digest’s  “Top Twenty New Courses in America.”   With six sets of tee boxes and yardages from 6950 to 5118 and a slope and rating from the tips of 145 and 74, TPC provides a fair, peaceful, enjoyable, and memorable round for players of all skill levels.   The course is fairly traditional and straightforward and in most cases you can see the pin and what you’re up against.  Play early in the morning and you’re likely to see a lot of wildlife – fox, turkey, alligators, bob cats, and more

The course plays through the towering pines and natural wetlands and it starts you off with a typical Fazio design – a dog leg left with three steep and deep large sand bunkers right where your drive wants to land and then a 547 yard par five that will test your shot making accuracy and ability to avoid the 7 bunkers, towering pines, two ponds, and hit the narrow fairway which dog legs left to the green.   After that if settles down and is very peaceful as the course plays through the trees – all you hear is the chirping of birds, scampering squirrels, woodpeckers pecking, croaking frogs, the “ping” of those huge drivers, and balls ricocheting off the pines. 

The tree lined fairways were in great shape and lined with a pretty thick rough and lots of soft thick sand bunkers.  The fairways are ample but if you spray the ball, you’ve got some trouble and will need to find a path through the trees and pine needle beds back to the fairway making par a little more difficult.  A few huge beautiful mansions overlook some of the greens.  Myrtle Beach had one of the worst winters on record and some of the greens were still showing a little damage from the severe winter, but in general they were in excellent condition.  We were told that the greens and fairways were about 85% of their normal condition thanks to the harsh winter. 

Most of the greens are very large and have both slope and undulation.  They seemed to hold the ball well and putting wasn’t a major issue at TPC.   The greens were running about an 8.5 and normally run a little over 9 on the Stimp meter

Some of what contributes to making TPC a fantastic track include: 

  *  some of the best par 3s that we played in Myrtle Beach - all four of which are very fun, challenging, and scenic

  *  the variety of holes and number of different challenges (dog legs, Fazio’s steep and deep bunkers, forced carries, water hazards) which force you to focus on your A game

  *  a fantastic finishing hole that will make you anxious to come back and play TPC again.    

TPC Myrtle Beach is the home course of PGA TOUR star Dustin Johnson.  In fact, Johnson made a significant contribution to the club to upgrade the fitness facility there which is not only used by him, but by the Coastal Carolina golf team where he competed for four years.  TPC Myrtle Beach was also home to numerous Champions Tour events over the years.                 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 6,950 74.0 145
Gold 6,700 72.2 136
Blue 6,393 70.4 126
White 6,183 68.4 121
Red 5,118 70.3 125

Course Information

Course Architect:
Tom Fazio
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
8.0
GPS:
No
Course Map
Beware of water on 10 holes and the 70 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.8 out of 10
Beauty:
9.0
Difficulty:
8.5
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
9.0
Value:
8.5
Condition:
9.5
Front Nine Rating:
9.0
Back Nine Rating:
9.0
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Service is very good, the club house is beautiful, the pro shop is well stocked, and the practice facilities are excellent.

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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.