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December 19, 2013

Course Spy: True Blue Plantation is worth every penny

Posted at 12:31 PM by Pete Madden | Categories: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

By JOE PASSOV, Golf Magazine Senior Editor

True Blue Plantation
Credit: Michael Slear / The Brandon Agency

 

Friendly, efficient staffers greeted us as we arrived, as befits a premier Grand Strand course. Impressively, the beverage-cart girl met us on the first hole, although she didn't return until No. 13. Then again, this potent layout gives you a better buzz than any cocktail can.

PACE OF PLAY

We teed off at 9 a.m. in late August and breezed around in slightly over four hours. Multiple water holes produced minor holdups, but the personable course marshals kept play moving. That said, rounds likely take longer in prime time, given the difficulty of the hazard-filled track.

QUALITY

While Mike Strantz's brilliant design has been softened over the years, it remains one of the best in Myrtle. Holes are so interesting and varied that our spy couldn't wait to reach the next tee. The greens and fairways were smooth and well-kept throughout the entire 18.

VALUE

You'll pay a premium fee for a premium course. Our man shelled out about $100, the off-season rate at this high-end track. A few quibbles here and there (no divot mix in the plastic bottles) are forgivable. The scenery, variety and overall challenge made True Blue worth every penny.

VERDICT

You know you had a good day on the course if your biggest complaint is that the snack shop was closed. From the late, great Strantz's sublime design to the helpful staff to the tip-top course conditions, this dramatic, watery layout remains a must play in Myrtle Beach.

Pawleys Island, S.C.; 7,126 yards, par 72; Green fees: $110-$120; 888-483-6801, truebluegolf.com

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