Tidewater golf course - hole 4
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Tidewater golf course - hole 4
The fourth hole at the Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation just might be the best par 4 along the Grand Strand. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tidewater golf course - hole 12
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Tidewater golf course - hole 12
Beauty surrounds the 12th hole at Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tidewater golf course - hole 13
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Tidewater golf course - hole 13
The 13th hole is one of treats of playing Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tidewater golf course - hole 14
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Tidewater golf course - hole 14
A large pond causes concern on the approach shot to the 14th green at Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tidewater golf course - hole 15
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Tidewater golf course - hole 15
The 15th at Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation is the shortest par 4, but there's plenty of trouble in the way. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tidewater golf course - hole 16
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Tidewater golf course - hole 16
The Intracoastal Waterway provides the backdrop for the 16th green at Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tidewater golf course - hole 18
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Tidewater golf course - hole 18
The marsh encroaches upon the 18th fairway to guard the final green at Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tidewater golf course - hole 3
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Tidewater golf course - hole 3
The third hole is one of the stunners at Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation in North Myrtle Beach. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation
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Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation
Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation remains one of the top courses along the Grand Strand. Courtesy of Tidewater G.C. & Plantation
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Get swept away by the beauty of Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation in North Myrtle Beach

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- When the tide is out, the marshes of Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation look like a graveyard for golf balls.

It's the best looking cemetery a golfer will ever see. The stirring views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the inlet leading to the ocean set Tidewater apart from its competition along the Grand Strand. The dramatic holes along the marshy inlet -- the par 3s at no. 3 and no. 12, a risk-reward par 5 at no. 13 and the epic par 4 at no. 4 -- are certainly the most talked about (and photographed) holes on architect Ken Tomlinson's routing, but they're not the only dandies to play.

A massive pond makes the par-4 14th tremendously difficult. The finishing hole demands a tee shot that draws around the dogleg to set up a long carry over wetland to a green sitting in the shadow of the clubhouse. The two short par 4s -- the 359-yard seventh hole and 354-yard 15th -– can easily reward a charitable birdie or cough up a triple bogey for sloppiness.

Golfweek rated Tidewater no. 7 among the top public golf courses in South Carolina for 2012. "The course has stood up since 1990 as one of the premier courses down here," member Les Goff said before a recent round. "That speaks to its design.

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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There just aren't many chinks in Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation's armor. It's a great layout with great holes at every turn in a setting that never ceases to amaze. It's a demanding test that can gobble up golf balls, but the views soften the blow of turning in a scorecard that might be better off being ripped up and discarded, Jason Scott Deegan writes.
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