Tuesday afternoon we played the Heathland Course at the Legends Complex in Myrtle Beach. We were set up to play another course but Mother Nature stepped in and required us to find another place to play as we didn’t want to play cart path only and it was raining. Click here for our video review of a few of the holes at Heathland.
When you arrive at Legends you make a long drive in off of HWY 501 and arrive to a very impressive looking club house. We went inside and they gave us a good deal to play so 4 of us decided to tee it up. This was the last nice experience we had there.
Upon bringing our clubs up to the cart staging area the bag drop attendant nearly ripped our bags off our shoulders. We told him we had it and he said that he was required as this wasn’t “a mom and pop joint” like other courses in Myrtle Beach. There was a nicer way to what he said.
He gave us directions to the first tee as they have 3 courses and we were off. The course had such potential as it was a great layout by Tom Doak, one of his firsts, but the conditions were not great at all. The fairways were decent, the rough was just that, rough, and the conditions of the additions like the flower beds were deplorable. The cart paths needed to be replaced years ago and were showing the signs of wear and tear.
The course opens with a good dogleg right par 4. The second hole is a shorter position hole par 4 and the third is a great uphill par 3. The flag was on the front of the green and was almost impossible to get the ball close to the hole as it was over 190 yards with the front right flag and there was a mound that the hole was on.
The 6th hole is the number one handicap hole and requires you to play a tee shot with a forced carry to a narrow fairway. The approach shot is to a green that has an elevated bunker short right of the green that if the bunker is beyond you need to make sure you take plenty of club as you really don’t want to be in the bunker.
The rest of the front nine is ok except for the 9th. This up hill par 4 with water down the left is a difficult hole that is going to require the best player to hit 2 quality shots in order to score.
The back nine allows you to hit the driver as much as you want. When you get to 16 you are given a couple options of where to drive the ball as the fairway is bisected by a creek running down the middle of it. There is a rail road tied bunker that requires you to hit a great shot into the green but the rail road ties are rotting out and look terrible.
The finishing hole is a well guarded par 4 with bunkers down either side and a green surrounded by bunkers on the front side. Hitting 2 quality shots is a premium here.
Dads Say So, compared to the others courses we played in Myrtle Beach we had to chalk this round up as one that we got to play after the rains came. I hate to say it but with the awesomeness of the club house it was like they put lipstick on a pig. The mom and pop reference couldn’t have been more right from the bag drop attendant. Legends is a golf factory and is only concerned about getting as many rounds as they can and not concerned about the conditions of the golf course or how their staff treats the players out there. They are one of the better bargains in Myrtle Beach but if you are on a golf vacation save up a little extra money and go to one of the other facilities or book a package to play at a better golf experience. Its a shame as they have courses by three great designers that have a ton of potential, they just are not investing the money back into the courses. We would suggest skipping it and playing at some better courses, we don’t think we will be back on our next visit.