Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - clubhouse porch
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - clubhouse porch
Golfers love to sit on the porch to watch players come up the 18th at the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 18 green
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 18 green
The marsh, lit up in the background, protects the 18th green at the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - Christmas clubhouse
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - Christmas clubhouse
The Caledonia Golf & Fish Club clubhouse, a popular spot for lunch, is all decked out for the holiday season. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - clubhouse driveway
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - clubhouse driveway
Part of the charm of visiting the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is the drive through trees draped in Spanish moss to the clubhouse that used to be a plantation home. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 18
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 18
The 18th at the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is as good a finishing hole as there is on the Grand Strand. Courtesy, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 10
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 10
The little touches like the stairs leading to the 10th green make the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club special. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 13
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 13
The par-4 13th at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is picturesque. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 7
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 7
Water surrounds the par-4 seventh at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Courtesy, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 17
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 17
The 17th hole is the final of five par 3s at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 18 front view
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 18 front view
The 18th is Caledonia Golf & Fish Club's most scenic and demanding hole. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 4
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 4
This cross hazard is an issue on the par-4 fourth hole at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - No. 7 tee
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - No. 7 tee
These trees form a tunnel for the tee shot on No. 7 at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 8
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 8
Despite this water hazard, the eighth hole is the easiest par 5 at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 9
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club - hole 9
These bunkers make the 118-yard ninth at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club look tougher than it is. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club: A secluded retreat on the south end of the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- It's the drive into Caledonia Golf & Fish Club that catches your attention.

The road feels like a tunnel lined with towering old oaks draped with Spanish moss, leading to a Plantation-style clubhouse. It's this first impression that introduces guests to Caledonia's special Lowcountry vibe on the southern end of the Grand Strand.

It only gets better from there for a tee time on the first course designed by the firm of legendary architect Mike Strantz, who passed away in 2005 after a bout with cancer. Strantz let his imagination run wild to create a par 71 with five par 3s that routes seamlessly through less than 130 acres.

Caledonia was built in 1994 on a working rice plantation but it feels like a wildlife sanctuary untouched since 1894. Little touches like brick staircases and wood-plank walkways leading to greens only enhance Caledonia's natural beauty. Guests often don't want to leave after their round. They tend to stay for lunch in the grill room and hang out on the back porch, sitting on rocking chairs to watch how others fare on the treacherous 18th hole.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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