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Conditions
3.7
Value
3.7
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
98.5%
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private/Resort
Par 72
Length 7026 yards
Slope 150
Rating 75.2
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Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1988
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Tif Eagle Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1988) Rick Jacobson

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Single Allowed Yes
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Available Activities

Swimming, Billiards

Available Sports

Tennis

Reviews

4.3
52 Reviews (52)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 7
Water Hazards 7
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 6
Group Getaways 6

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Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 17
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 335
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

A lot to like at Pawleys 2.0

Golfers get emotionally attached to golf courses they’ve played many times. For me, Pawleys Plantation is such a course.

I was thrilled to learn of plans to renovate the course in 2023 – they were long overdue for a variety of reasons. The biggest sign of the course’s de-evolution was considerable shrinkage of the greens, which were never overly large to begin with. This made a tough course extremely demanding – often overwhelming for golfers of higher than middling handicaps.

The summer-long renovation project, which restored the greens to their original size, was overall a significant positive step for an always-underrated course. The removal of hundreds of trees has let the sun shine on more turf than ever before. My only quibble is with some of the changes to the bunkering – namely, the removal of several large sand areas that I always thought gave the course a distinct character – but I am confident that as things mature, the course will remain distinctive, demanding and more fun than ever.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 335
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent bones and renovation-ready

I have played Pawleys Plantation more times than any other golf course in my life, logging some 500 rounds there over a quarter-century. I have an emotional connection to the place. So it’s with a mix of trepidation and excitement that I prepare to see it renovated this summer. Some things will be altered – the huge 80s bunkers will be naturalized in some cases, grassed over in others – while others will be restored, including the greens, to their original specifications. Overall, though, the Lowcountry scenery, especially on the marshy back nine, will continue to compliment Nicklaus’ thoughtful, challenging design. I have loved the past at Pawleys and can’t wait for the future, when the course reopens in the fall of 2023.

Conditions Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Okay, not great

We were really looking forward to Pawleys but it didn’t live up to expectations. Greens were great despite the Poa (?) coming in. Fairways were bone dry and brutal on the hands if you tried to take any sort of divot. Tee boxes were acceptable but not great. Staff in the bar were fantastic.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 43
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Great Layout and Test of Golf

This is our second time playing Pawleys and we really enjoyed it.

The layout is phenomenal. You will not find a better stretch of holes than 12-18 at Pawley's. 1-11 are also very nice and well designed with a variety of challenges, but the course turns into the marsh starting with hole 12 and you get a ton of challenging and beautiful holes the rest of the way.

The course was in good shape. The greens were in great shape, but the fairways, especially on the front nine, were a little thin. If you're fine rolling the ball in the fairways it's not really an issue. If you're committed to playing the ball down, you are likely to catch some bad lies in the fairways. A lot of the areas in the rough were mostly just packed down sand without much grass. It adds to the challenge and it looks like it is being done purposefully, but it isn't visually appealing and it is difficult to play from in many cases.

Overall, if you don't mind playing a really difficult course, I would definitely play Pawleys. The layout is so good and so unique, it overshadows some of the minor conditioning issues.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Must Play in Founders Club Package

This Jack Nicklaus signature course is a beauty. Range balls were provided free which is always a positive in my book. Only negative is the balls should be on the range. They give them to you at the bag drop in small bags. The two mines are very different. Front 9 is pretty straight forward and gives you an opportunity to score. The back 9 has a lot of water and goes out towards the wetlands. There are two short par 3’s played off an interesting set of tee boxes. The views on both par 3’s are majestic. You can get lost in the views on the back 9. The wind is much stronger on the back 9 as there are less trees than the front 9. This is a must play in the founders club package. Will definitely return on our 2021 golf trip.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Don’t Think Twice—Just Play Pawleys

This is one of South Myrtle’s gems. Play it an enjoy every minute. There is nothing to criticize. I love every hole. Staff great; condition great and overall excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Great Course Rude on Course Staff

Enjoyed the course. Pro Shop and Food area staff pleasant. Starter for front nine on Friday was rude and belligerent. Not sure why a course like this would need people like him. It’s a shame not to want to play this course again.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 335
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Always good to return to a great love

It's hard not to be biased in favor of Pawleys Plantation, because it's a course I grew up playing. The Jack Nicklaus Signature design is one of the strongest in the Myrtle Beach area, but it is showing its 30 years. Greens have shrunk, fairways have pinched in and bunkers have risen against the edges of many greens, making an already difficult - though scenic, especially on the marshy back nine - brutal for many golfers.

It is in nice shape, but hopefully Jack Nicklaus' recent visit to the course will prompt management to put some money toward the project of returning it to its original design. When that happens, it will no longer be merely solid, but one of the Grand Strand's best courses.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 56
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice conditions

Played my second pre-World Am round at Pawley's. Overall course conditions were good. No complaints. Nice views on lots of holes. Staff was helpful and friendly. Played in afternoon so pace of play was never an issue.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful views

Sadly we played the day after a major rainstorm so the course was pretty wet especially the greens that I could tell were slower than normal.

Beautiful views throughout and a fantastic layout. Challenging course but multiple tees for all skill levels.

Definitely return to play next time in the area.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

24 Kansas City guys

Course is one of our favorite because of the variety of holes in and around the marshes. Have been coming back here off and on for 25 years.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Brand name

Not a horrible course. Not quite comfortable saying it's worth the $75 and our group of 6 agreed. I understand that courses here are in transition so won't comment on that. But can say that as of Wednesday it isn't $75 worth. Ok layout, marsh on the back side, tree lined on the front. A couple trees in the fairway. No GPS but the carts do have a ball washer and club washer on them, also, no USB plugs on the carts for your electronics. Overall, I think the price is worth more because of Jack Nicholas's name but your not playing with Jack just playing a golf course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Pawleys Plantation

Played here early morning to beat a weather front moving in.
Each player receives a bag of range balls (approximately 30) to warm up at the range prior to play. Range was in good condition and also has a chipping and putting area beside the range.
The course is currently in excellent condition, tee to green the course is plush other than the rough still being dormant.
Course can be challenging and has subtle nuances that playing multiple times would help recognize.
Our group will definitely be returning!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 121
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Super nice.

Staff was extremely friendly. Course was in great shape. They teamed me up with some members, very nice folks. Had an awesome day. Will be looking forward to going back. Practice facility was super.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Waited a long time to play here and think there are many better.

Because this course is so far away (hr) from where I stay I normally pass. I decided this year to play all new course and I started with this one. The good; Back nine layout, pace of play, practice area, fairways, price. The bad; its July but back nine greens had some sand on them; some traps had tire tracks in them, I would play this if under 70 bucks and are in that area. Not worth the drive from NMB. True Blue MUCH better. Didn't hate it just over-hyped.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course

Everything about this course was great. Fairways, Greens...great shape. Played early in the morning so greens got faster as the day heated up. Never seen anything like Hole #13. Wouldn't want every course I play to have a par 3 like this one...but man was it cool. Only negative of the day was the mosquitos. Got eaten alive. Bring bug spray!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Most underrated course on the grand strand

Pawleys is such a beautiful challenging course. It's always in great shape. The greens are quick and true so you can make putts. The course is somewhat tight and the wind always blows out there. I feel it's the toughest test of golf on the grand strand. 13, 14, 16, 17, and 18 will test all of your shot hitting capabilities.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 335
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Always great to "go home again"

I grew up spending summers in Pawleys Island, and lived there from 2011 to 2014, so I've played Pawleys Plantation hundreds of times, and it holds a dear spot in my heart. Make no mistake - this late-80s Jack Nicklaus layout is extremely demanding, but the beauty of the back-nine holes on the marsh typically helps one's worries melt away. An upgrade in conditioning would take the facility to the upper echelon of Grand Strand golf.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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