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Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

Hwy 17, Pawleys Island, South Carolina, 29585
Type: Semi-Private, open to the public
No. Holes: 18
843-237-6100
Architect: Jack Nicklaus (157)
                      
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Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, is a Semi-Private, 18 hole golf course located in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club is a Jack Nicklaus designed course that first opened for play in 1988.

Pawleys Plantation is a player's course. This Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is a rare design where extraordinary beauty combines with his masterful architecture to deliver an exceptional golf experience. Wide green fairways lead to subtle greens guarded by natural hazards like the Pawleys Island salt marsh and the barrier island beyond.

Pawleys Plantation in Myrtle Beach is a classic example of how great architects can carve great golf courses out of the lowcountry, at least the back nine, which incorporates marsh and wetlands into both hazard and aesthetic almost like art, while the front nine is a more traditional layout.

The design is smart. The par 3's may be short but with smaller landing areas over water. The par 4's that are longer have huge traps and a few narrower landing areas to keep you concentrating while the shorter par 4's have natural obstacles and doglegs that make intelligent placement a must. The course has variation from narrow to wide fairways and landing areas, from use of water and traps, and various distances and tee box spots. It's a well balanced course that is a joy to play with a few holes you'll be talking about for years.

This course features several tough holes, the most difficult being #2, a 461-yard, par 4, featuring out-of-bounds stakes lining the right side of its elevated, narrow fairway. This hole is a good challenge for even a scratch player.

This par 72 championship course plays to 7,026 yards from the gold tees, 6,522 yards from the blue tees, 6,127 yards from the white tees, and 4,979 yards from the red tee boxes.

The longest hole on the course is # 11, a par-5 that plays to 563 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 7, a par-3 that plays to 172 yards from the back tees.

Watch out for # 2, a 461 yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club is # 12, a 382 yard par-4.

This course has been reviewed 6 times
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Lakeland, FL
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Guest (cart included), played on Monday, July 2017 at 9:36 PM

Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club is one of those courses you can play over and over again and never have the same shot twice; that's what makes it such an enjoyable course. Jack would have it no other way.

Pawley's Plantation is a championship, par 72 course that measures 7,031 yards from the back tees, yet the most memorable hole on the course is a mere 115 yards long. More on that later. From the back tees, the course carries a course rating of 75.7 and slope of 148. Most golfers will find that the White/Egret Tees (6,184/72.0/139) will give them as much golf course as they can handle. Five sets of tee boxes give golfers of all levels of ability the chance to enjoy this Lowcountry classic.

The course is not without its share of notoriety; Golf World named it one the state's top 30 courses in 2009 and 2010. Golf Digest has awarded the course 4 stars as one of its "Places to Play, " and Zagat has called Pawleys Plantation one of "America's Top Courses."

The front nine winds its way through pine and hardwood forests and features several tree-lined fairways; others use beautiful lakes to frame the border. Massive sand bunkers are prevalent on several holes. The back nine is a different story as several holes extend out into the saltwater marsh and offer fantastic views of the surrounding area. Rest assured that because of your location, the prevailing winds will be a factor. Two hundred-year-old moss-draped oak trees come into play on several holes, most notably on number 14, where "Jack's Tree" sits in the middle of the fairway near his old house.

For the most part, landing areas are generous; and the green complexes are nothing less than you would expect from a Jack Nicklaus design. The TifEagle hybrid Bermuda grass greens are large with subtle undulations and run-offs typically associated with Nicklaus courses. They putt fast and true.

It's not often that the par 3 holes add the most excitement to a round, but at Pawleys Plantation that is certainly the case; all showcase water, sand or both. Ask anyone - including those that have taken a double or better - what hole they remember most and they will undoubtedly say number 13. This hole plays 115 yards from the White Tees and is every bit as much of a test as #17 at Sawgrass. Locals have dubbed it "The Shortest Par 5 on the Grand Strand." To get to the tee, you drive from the 12th green across a causeway, past the 17th tee box, and stop about of the way across. The tees for 13 and 17 are built into the causeway; 17 is a par 3 that plays 150 yards, over a saltwater marsh to a green that is a lot wider than it is deep. It too is a tough hole.

Anyway, back to 13. The tee box is elevated above the marsh and if you are afraid of heights (like me), it can be quite the extra challenge. The hole is bulk-headed to the marsh and there is zero room for error. Your tee shot is complicated by the prevailing wind and very rarely plays the stated yardage. The 13th green and the 16th green are one and the bunkers around the 13th green catch any errant shots that the water does not. This hole truly lives up to its billing. There's a 5 on my scorecard and that's being generous! If you look down into the saltwater marshes at low tide, you can see where others have tried %u2013 and failed - too.

The second hole is rated the #1 handicap hole and is very demanding; even more so because it is only the second hole. At 408 yards from the White Tees, it takes two good shots to get on in regulation. There's water to the far left and sand to the immediate left of the large undulating green. Par is a very good score here.

Mr. Nicklaus thinks Number 10 is one of the nicest holes on the course and I tend to agree. If you play a hybrid or long iron off the tee and leave it short of the large fairway bunker on the right side, you%u2019ll have an approach shot of less than 130 yards. Should you decide to play left of the bunker, you can get your approach distance down to about 80 yards. Either way, you'll have an approach shot over water to a long, narrow green bulk-headed in front and well bunkered on either side. This is a great thinking man%u2019s hole!

As you can tell from the slope rating, Pawleys Plantation is not an easy course. Jack Nicklaus' philosophy has always been that golf is "a game of precision as well as power" and nowhere is that more evident than here. From the tree-lined fairways on the front to the marsh-laden back nine, Pawleys Plantation keeps you guessing. You'll need to hit it long and straight on some holes and finesse it onto the putting surface on others. Thankfully, Pawleys Plantation provides each golfer with a yardage book.

A good course is not complete without a good 19th hole and the Palmetto Pub raises the bar when it comes to your typical clubhouse fare. In addition to your favorite clubhouse food and libations, they have an outstanding food menu with some nice surprises. The night we were there, the special was a 12oz NY Strip steak, cooked the way you like it, served with salad, potato and vegetable. Their She Crab Soup and homemade chili also hit the spot.

Because of its location, Pawleys Plantation is a popular spot for weddings, with a scenic and private location overlooking the 18th green. Pawleys' professional event planning staff and executed chef Leon Nesbit can help put together an event that you will remember for a lifetime.

Would travel: 60-120 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 028870
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Gresham, OR

$76 (cart included), played on Friday, February 2014 at noon

Cold windy day and grass not growing yet on fairways but layout fun and challenging

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 021592
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Pawleys Island, SC

Guest (cart included), played on Wednesday, September 2013 at noon

A very good Nicklaus designed golf courses. There is plenty of room off of the tee, but the closer you get to the green the more difficult the shot becomes. For a hole by hole review go to myrtlebeachsouth.com

Would travel: 0-10 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 021034
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Pawleys Island, SC

Member (cart included), played on Wednesday, September 2013 at 8am

A wonderful Nicklaus course. Very challenging. Must be able to play position, strategic golf. Greens are excellent. Fairways in good shape. Must stay out of the rough. Plenty of trees to make playing a challenge, some of which are in the middle of the fairway. Two par three holes are basically an island green. Water on many of the holes. Only one hole on the course with no sand or water.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 020736
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Bloomfield, MI

Member (cart included), played on Tuesday, January 2012 at 10am

90 yard island green 12th hole a little tricked up. Otherwise great layout. Have to move the ball both ways. Good mix of short and long par 3's, 4's and 5's. Staff is very nice.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 016949
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Pawleys Island, SC

Member (cart included), played on Friday, September 2010 at 8am

I never get tired of playing this course. It has all the challenge you ever need in a course. Very fair from the white tees, but can be a challenge for the good players from the Golds.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 011472
4.7/5
Based on 6 reviews
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