Dan Maples offers five Sunset Beach-area golf courses you won’t soon forget
It’s pretty remarkable to think about all the different designers who have left their mark by building a golf course – or golf courses – in the greater Myrtle Beach area. There is perhaps no other place in the world where you can play so many publicly accessible courses built by the game’s best.
One phenomenal designer who has several facilities in the area is local legend Dan Maples. Born, raised and with his heart still in the Carolinas, Maples has always held the philosophy to “build courses that players would remember,” and he has put that philosophy to good use in the Sunset Beach, N.C. area, where you will find a number of Maples-designed courses to try on your upcoming golf getaway with MBGolf.com and Condo-World.
Oyster Bay features a design element not commonly found on the Grand Strand: Crushed oyster shell-lined tee boxes. There are also undulating greens, expansive bunkering and some of the longest water views you will find on the Strand.
Sandpiper Bay has defined itself as one of the most playable and well-maintained facilities around. The 27 holes are comprised of three 9s – Sand, Piper and Bay – that seamlessly complement each other, to provide great pace of play all year long. Playable par 4s and 5s are framed by Carolina pines, while strategic lakes challenge players of every ability.
The Pearl Golf Links is consolidating its two-course, 36-hole layout into a 27-hole facility effective Jan. 1, 2020, highlighted by the 18 holes of its current Pearl West design that boasts new MiniVerde Bermuda greens.
Sea Trail – Maples is characterized by its seaside setting, with signature frozen hardwoods lining several holes, a feature only time and sea air can create. In this highly naturalized setting, much of the Lowcountry’s native wildlife thrives on the course, including nesting ospreys.