Mytrle Beach National - King's North Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.2

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Myrtle Beach, SC
Online Specials · Stay & Play

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Mytrle Beach National - King's North Course Review

Myrtle Beach national was open for 26 years and had fallen out of favor with members and tourists until  1996 when Arnold Palmer redesigned and transformed the North Course into the best recognized course in Myrtle Beach, King's North.  Arnold moved 400,000 cubic yards of dirt; added bulk heads; enlarged lakes, bunkers, and greens; transformed the greens to bent grass; and planted 7000 azaleas and 600 hardwood trees.  And the list of accolades continues to grow for King's North, some of which include: Golf Digest's prestigious list of "Americans 100 Greatest Public Courses" as well as 4.5 stars in their "Places to Play;" and King's North has 4 holes in the "100 Greatest Holes in the Grand Strand." 

Some of the holes at King's North have taken on a unique personality of their own with now famous nicknames.  The famed par-5 sixth hole, "The Gambler" tempts golfers with a high risk shortcut to the green via an island fairway and with two good shots a good gamble on an eagle - but miss the island fairway and par will be very difficult.  "The Bulls Eye" is a fun finishing hole that requires precision and accuracy to miss 40 sand traps of all shapes and sizes (small pot bunkers to one that stretches the length of the 464 yard fairway) guarding both sides of the fairway and a green that reaches out into the lake.  And 12th hole is an island green with two bunkers in the shape of an "S" and a "C."

You really need to manage your shots to score well on King's North - there's water on every hole, bunkers everywhere your ball wants to land, forced carries, and pine needle beds under the trees.   Survive all that and it will be pretty easy to hit the good sized greens and putt out for a good score.  Not only is King's North a fun and challenging course, it is also in excellent condition, very well manicured, and visually stunning with the blue water, white sand, and colorful flowers and shrubs. 

King's North is void of any housing development and it is and is beautifully sculpted through a Carolina pine forest.  The Bent greens were near perfect, rolled well and true, and were a little fast.  Gentle slope and undulation need to be studied before you putt.  The soft white sand bunkers as well as the fairways were also in excellent condition.    

A fantastic track that is fun, unique, and challenging with near perfect conditions.   A must play if you're visiting Myrtle Beach.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 6,481 71.3 131
White 6,024 69.3 125
Gold 7,017 74.2 137
Red 5,662 67.5 118

Course Information

Course Architect:
Arnold Palmer
Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Beware of water on 18 holes and the 100 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.2 out of 10
Fun to Play:
Front Nine Rating:
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Approximate Weekend
$109.00 to $190.00

Service is top notch as is the club house, pro shop, and practice facilities.



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.