The Pearl is home to a pair of outstanding layouts – the East and West courses – both featuring holes that play along the Calabash River, but it’s the East Course that has our attention.
The tree-lined Dan Maples layout is an old-school design with an assortment of doglegs and varied challenges that ensure it is interesting from beginning to end. The East Course has five sets of tees, ranging from 5,070 to 6,793 yards, so it won’t overwhelm players with length but it challenges throughout.
The East Course has a short par 4 on each side and the Calabash River comes into play on the closing holes, particularly the 17th, where it runs from tee to green. Despite the back nine beauty, our Myrtle Beach Golf Hole of the Week is on the opening third of the course.
No. 6 – East Course at The Pearl Golf Links
Yardage: 404 yards (black tees), 385 yards (blue), 347 yards (white tees), 314 yards (gold), 275 yards (red)
So, you are looking at the listed yardage and thinking, “How hard could a 346-yard par 4 from white tees be?” The yardage, in this case, is deceptive. Water bisects the fairway and you will need to drive it 280 yards to reach the short grass on the other side.
If you have a 280-yard tee shot in the bag, the difficulty of the hole is greatly overstated, but most of us don’t. As a result, most players layup, hitting a 180-yard tee shot that leaves a mid-to-long iron into an elevated green.
With water running along the right side, it’s a daunting approach. Nobody leaves the sixth green disappointed with par, and quite frankly, escaping with bogey isn’t bad.
The sixth hole is beautiful but treacherous.