Man O' War Golf Club
Like the famous racehorse that shares the course's name, Man O' War Golf Club is legendary, one of the best, and a ride you will never forget.
Located in central Myrtle Beach only 10 miles inland from the coast, Man O' War seems like a different world from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Strand. This 6967-yard, par-72 masterpiece offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience and an escape to scenic South Carolina Lowcountry layout that is as nice to look at as it is to play.
Built in 1996 around a placid and pristine 80-acre lake that encompasses most of the course, watching out for the water is the best tip to a dry and drama-free round at Man O' War. This Dan Maples design takes full advantage of the natural lake to create a series of water hazards to put the lowest handicappers' games to a true test of skill.
Maples, a Pinehurst, NC native who specialized in building outstanding courses in the Carolinas, uses the Lowcountry terrain to present a stiff challenge while also creating an enjoyable experience for high-handicappers. With a course rating of 72.4 and a slope rating of 130, Man O' War is a place to bring your "A game."
With tree-lined fairways interrupted by water hazards and bridges, golfers must be able to keep their ball inbounds to avoid a long day. Playing it safe is the best way to make it around Man O' War in the prescribed number of holes, but the layout does present those looking to break par with some risk-reward opportunities.
The Crenshaw Bentgrass greens give golfers good chances to save strokes with makeable putts. The smooth surface is relatively free of the undulation that drives many putters wild, although there are some difficult front-side bunkers that can cause problems for shots just clearing the water. Still, sand is a better alternative than water.
And just in case you make it all the way around the course without getting wet, the signature finishing holes pack a 1-2 punch of back-to-back island greens on Nos. 17 and 18. The only consolation for those don't stay dry the rest of the way is a large marina-style clubhouse overlooking the lake where you can watch others take on the twin killers.
Earning a four-star ranking from Golf Digest, as well as other honors, Man O' War features a full 20-station driving range and practice putting surface and pro lessons are available on request. A fully stocked pro shop, restaurant and bar are located in the clubhouse, which like the course, is almost completely surrounded by water.