Heritage Golf Club Myrtle Beach
Designed by dan Maples and Larry Young in 1986 and built on two historic rice plantations along the picturesque Waccamaw River, few courses capture the beauty and charm of the Southern landscape as well. Incorporating centuries old live oaks, lakes and marshes, this course follows the land’s natural contours and features wide rolling fairways with spacious undulating greens. You’ll pass by a 19th-century cemetery of a “rice prince’s” family. There are countless 300-year-old Spanish-moss covered live oaks and residual ponds that once irrigated rice.
The course reeks of the Old South upon arrival with a monstrous, two-story, plantation-estate-looking, white-pillared clubhouse and vivid flowering plants across the front. Those modern-day automotive contraptions are parked at a discrete distance and a shuttle ferries golfers and bags.
The par-71 course is missing a par 5 on the front, but it still exceeds 7,000 yards from the tips and is 5,201 yards from the reds.
The course gives you one warm-up hole before it throws a creative par-5 second hole at you. The second hole offers two fairways, the safer but longer route to the right avoids the water carry until a short chip shot to the green, or the shorter but more perilous left fairway that requires a good drive and strong second shot for a nice, dry, short iron to the elevated green over a raft of bunkers.