Brad Redding invokes more than 20 years of PGA-instructing experience to guide golfers of every skill set, from novice players to Gary Players. Groups of 10 to 12 can immerse themselves in Redding's teachings, trademarked as The Plane Truth, and enjoy unlimited range balls after each session. Clinics are held on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m., in the first three weeks of every month, excluding January and February. Call ahead to reserve a spot.
Whispering Pines Golf Course is set back just minutes from the beach and nestled among towering pines and mature hardwoods. From the first tee, golfers descend into the serene grounds as drives trace narrow fairways past tall stands of trees that give way to hidden rough, carefully placed lakes, and several feral golf carts that hurriedly scurry back under cover. Though the course is designed to be enjoyable for golfers of all abilities, a higher-than-average slope and handicap rating from the back tees signal a test for more-experienced players. Many holes place an added emphasis on short-game accuracy, as golfers must thread approach shots through an array of bunkers before sinking putts on undulated TifEagle Bermuda grass greens that serve as homage to the architect’s beloved bean-bag chairs. A certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the course is flush with wildlife, from squirrels and foxes who bark out polite applause to indifferent heron, stirred only by a hole-in-one or a golf bag stuffed with anchovies.
Burrowed amid the low country’s towering pines on the south end of Myrtle Beach, Heron Point Golf Club sends golfers testing their skills across 18 holes of challenging terrain. Throughout the course, players cross paths with varied obstacles and hazards. The eighth hole, for instance, appears fairly straightforward, but its fairway bunkers and elevated green actually make it the toughest track on the course. Then, on the 18th, players must contend with a fairway that has its entire left side guarded by a pond filled with frogs that have evolved to only eat golf balls. After overcoming such challenges, groups can reward themselves with a stop at Mulligan’s Bar & Grill, located inside Heron Point’s welcoming Southern-antebellum clubhouse.
Oak trees and waterways shape the scenery at Indigo Creek Golf Club, which sculpts a 6,747 yard layout through the heart of Carolina Lowcountry?just a stone's throw south of Myrtle Beach. Pine trees also fleck the bermuda grass fairways, their spindly trunks impeding the passage of errant golf balls. Throughout the round, golfers should keep their eyes out for wildlife, so as not to miss a photo op or the territorial heron that mistake golf balls for lost eggs.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6.747 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.9 from the tips * Slope rating of 140 from the tips * Four tee options