Five Reasons You Want to Play the East Course at Pearl Golf Links
October 03, 2016 by Chris King
Calabash is home to a river that provides great scenery to several Myrtle Beach golf courses, a style of seafood, and a couple of gems.
The Pearl Golf Links, Brunswick County’s first 36-hole facility, has a pair of 4-star layouts, the East and West courses. While there are compelling reasons to play both, here are five reasons to love the Dan Maples designed Pearl Golf Links - East Course:
The East Course is a throwback to golf the way it was originally intended to be played. It’s a well-maintained, parkland-style design with relatively narrow fairways, challenging players shape quality shots as opposed to rewarding raw power.
Speaking of golf as it was meant to be, there are no houses on the East Course (or the West for that matter) and little in the way of parallel fairways, creating a peaceful round of Myrtle Beach golf for every group.
The East Course is visually striking throughout, but the scenery reaches its peak on the closing holes. The marshy waters of the Calabash River come into view on the 16th hole of this Myrtle Beach golf course, setting the stage for the dramatic 17th [featured in the video above], a par 4 that plays along the water from tee to green.
The course’s miniverde greens, which were installed in 2012, are superb, particularly as we head into the fall season. During the winter months, management at the Pearl overseeds, guaranteeing green grass putting surfaces throughout the year.
The key to scoring at the Pearl is finding the short grass off the tee and a smooth, confident putting stroke on the turtle-backed greens. The East Course isn’t exceedingly difficult, but two holes, in particular, present a great chance for birdie. The par 4 third hole plays just 317 yards from the white tees and provides plenty of room to hit the ball. The 11th plays even shorter - 291 yards - but does feature a green surrounded by water. It’s one of the flattest putting surfaces on the course, allowing players to make an aggressive birdie putt.