The TPC brand is one of golf’s strongest, one players immediately associate with the PGA Tour and quality.
The expectation of courses built under the TPC banner is they will provide a Tour quality experience, and TPC Myrtle Beach delivers on that promise. The layout hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship less than a year after opening and has been one of the Grand Strand’s premier facilities ever since.
If the Tom Fazio design is part of your next Myrtle Beach golf package (and it comes highly recommended), here is what you need to know:
Be a Pro for a Day
From the driving range to the locker room, TPC courses are designed to host the world’s best players, so make sure you soak up the entire experience. Golf Channel travel guru Matt Ginella has ranked TPC Myrtle Beach among his top 5 TPC properties, so that gives you an idea about the type of day that awaits.
Play Smart and Well
This is a stiff test of golf, but architect Tom Fazio wisely installed three sets of tees between 5,783 and 6,600 yards (the truly brave can step back to 7,000). Set your ego aside and play the tees most suited to your game and you will find TPC to be as fun as it is challenging. Remember, the greens tend to be elevated and protected by either water or sand, so you will need to fly the ball to the putting surface, further enhancing the importance of playing from the proper distance.
Saving the Best for Last
The layout is strong throughout, but the day reaches a crescendo with the par 3 17th and par 5 18th. The 17th features a peninsula green that is vaguely reminiscent of golf’s most famed island green at TPC Sawgrass, so trust your swing and try to stay dry. On the finishing hole, a creek bisects the fairway approximately 250 yards from the white tees and it empties into a lake that runs up the left side of the hole. The 18th is an exhilarating finish to an outstanding round of golf.
Was that Dustin Johnson?
If you see Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 1 ranked player, at TPC Myrtle Beach, it shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. DJ called the course home for years and his namesake golf school and junior golf tournament are hosted at TPC Myrtle Beach. Even if he isn’t there, make sure you take a few minutes to enjoy the trophies he has won that are on display in the clubhouse.
Go Platinum at TPC
There are numerous packages that feature TPC Myrtle Beach, but let me recommend the Platinum Stay-and-Play Experience. Accommodations are at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, the area’s only 4-Diamond property, and you get to play your choice of Founders Group’s 22 courses. Starting at just 4 per day, you can pair TPC with layouts like Pawleys Plantation, King’s North and Grande Dunes, among many others, to create a dream trip.
TPC Myrtle Beach, which has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, will help make your next golf trip an unforgettable one.
Source: MBGH Blog