The Open Doctor, as architect Rees Jones is known for his renovation work on U.S. Open courses, came to Brunswick County, North Carolina in the late 1980s, and the result was a design that remains one of the North Strand’s enduring layouts.
The Rees Jones Course at Sea Trail Resort has emerged as the property’s premier layout, narrowly edging the Maples Course and becoming a favorite of “in-the-know” Myrtle Beach golfers. Why should you consider the Jones Course and the value-packed Sea Trail Golf Resort package on your next trip?
1. The Jones Course has gradually enjoyed a facelift in recent years, installing new Champion Bermuda greens, replacing all the cart paths and renovating the bunkers. The result of the work is a layout that has a fresh look, offers a smooth ride and greens that are as true as your stroke.
2. Every course needs some take-home memories, and Jones delivers on that account. The par-3 fifth hole, which plays 155 yards from the white tees, is all carry across water and the view is enhanced from the elevated tee box. Your faithful correspondent is a sucker for a short par 4, and the 328-yard 10th hole qualifies. A dogleg right, long hitters can challenge the water and go for the green off the tee. It can be an exhilarating tee shot.
3. While Jones allows players to bomb the driver and the layout appears relatively short from the tips at 6,761 yards, don’t be fooled. The course plays longer than it appears. The par 5s aren’t exceedingly long, three of the four play 530 yards or less from the tips, but there are six par 4s that measure at least 400 yards. The course is sneaky long.
4. The most important clubs in your bag are your wedges. The combination of meaty par 4s and elevated greens means players will have to be sharp from 120 yards and in. Be prepared to play those little chip shots around the greens and get them close to the hole.
5. If Sea Trail is of interest, you need to checkout the Sea Trail Triple Play package. The 3-night/4-round deal includes daily breakfast and lunch, two free draft beers, and on-site accommodations, but golf is the star. Your group will play the Jones, Byrd and Maples courses and the fourth round is a free afternoon replay on the layout of your choice.
With the package starting at just $240, it’s time to add the Jones Course to your next Myrtle Beach golf itinerary.
To see more about the Jones Course, click on the hole-by-hole photo gallery below.