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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:02 pm 
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I didn't get in much golf this trip but the games I had, I enjoyed. First game played at River Oaks to see the changes in the Otter Course after the removal of over 2000 trees. It is certainly more open but for me they still need to fill in some of the ponds!! I have said in previous postings that the layout is good but the course needs "tarting up," and at the moment this still applies. It is a low end course and the price charged reflects this, but the Kentucky couple I played with felt it was very good value and intended to play there again before they left.

I next played Heron Point, this is a course I first played with my son many years ago, (I think at that time juniors played free.) My lasting impression of the course was the sound of frogs in the lakes and ditches besides the fairways, so it was a bit of a rememberance trip for me. Again low end but enjoyable as I went round playing to my handicap. Good value for the money, but I didn't hear the frogs this time, probably because my hearing has deteriorated.

The Legends (Heathland Course) was a little more upmarket but unfortunately it was cart path only and I managed to be about as far as you could be from the cart-path on numerous occasions. I said to my playing partner that I would have been better off not to have a buggy and walk the course carrying my clubs! (that is what I have to do on my home course in the UK, not quite true as the course does have two buggies!!) Layout and condition good and would certainly play there again. The course was also monitored to stop slow play, and we got round in just over 4 hours which in my experience on the Grand Strand is quite good.

My final game was at Arcadian Shores, played there mainly because in spite of quite a bit of rain a couple of days before, buggies were not cart-path only. Again an enjoyable course to play, not a difficult course but a few tricky holes that keep you concentrating on what club to use. Course monitors kept the play going and as a three-ball we were round in just under 4 hours. Course condition good, would play there again.

The choice and quality of courses over the Grand Strand means you can have a wide range of options, there is no doubt there are some very good courses, True Blue, the Barefoot courses, Myrtle Beach National, International Tour etc., are nice to play occasionally, but for we Happy Hackers some of the the more reasonable courses do present us with a test and at the end of the day it is about enjoying yourself, playing with good companions and remembering that good shot over the water or long putt to win the hole. I suppose what I am saying is that you don't have to pay a fortune to find a nice course and I would recommend you purchase a golf passport, or the golf book from the Myrtle Beach Senior Centre to take advantage of some good rates.

Happy Golfing

PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:17 pm 
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Peter, thanks for this report! It was good of you to take the time to write it and share your thoughts and experiences with us! Hope you and Lynda are doing well, and that you had a very merry Christmas. So.....when will you be back? :cool:

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Excellent Report. I'm jealous.

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