The layouts designed by Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye have all been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses by either Golf Digest or Golf Magazine. The Greg Norman course is the only one of the quartet that that has yet to receive a top 100 honor, leaving the layout – mistakenly – overshadowed.
The Norman Course, which uses natural waste areas and vegetation to create some of the property’s most breathtaking visuals, features open greens and seven holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway. The course is absolutely memorable – the 10th is among the Grand Strand’s best par 3s – and will give your group a chance to score, always a winning combination for group leaders.
While the back nine and the holes that play along the waterway attract much of the attention, a par 4 early in the round is our Myrtle Beach Golf Hole of the Week.
No. 4 – Norman Course at Barefoot Resort
Yardage: 427 yards (platinum tees), 389 yards (black), 342 yards (white), 330 yards (green), 295 yards (gold)
The fourth is an outstanding hole – providing playability for mid to high handicappers, while challenging better players. From the white tees, No. 4 is just 342 yards, leaving players with choices about how to best play the hole.
The fairway is plenty wide but tree-lined. If you aren’t confident with the driver, play to a distance you are comfortable with on the approach and make sure you hit the green in the proper spot, leaving a two-putt for par. For longer hitters, a pair of waste bunkers bottleneck the fairway 115 yards from the green, so if you are going to bomb the driver you will need an abundance of skill and a little good fortune as well.