Heather Glen Receives a Stellar Review from Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Heather Glen Golf Course received an outstanding golf course review from Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday on July 29, 2014, entitled, “Myrtle Beach Golf Course Reviews: Heather Glen is a Quiet Star.” Continue reading below for the review.
Taken from Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Chris King:
Heather Glen Golf Links resides in Little River, just across Highway 17 from its renowned sister course Glen Dornoch. The North Strand facility is a few short miles north of Tidewater and south of a horde of highly regarded layouts in Brunswick County.
The Grand Strand has opened more than 60 golf courses since the first tee shot was struck at Heather Glen in 1987, and as the number of area courses grew, the media attention paid to Heather Glen slowly waned.
While the limelight may have moved on, smart golfers have not.
Heather Glen was the apple of the golf world’s eye when it opened, earning “Best New Course in America” honors from Golf Digest, and the layout is better now than it has ever been.
MORE ABOUT HEATHER GLEN GOLF LINKS: A 27-hole facility, Heather Glen is one of the most underrated Myrtle Beach golf courses. Designed by Clyde Johnston and Willard Byrd, Heather Glen is a Scottish-inspired design, complete with daunting pot bunkers, rolling fairways, impeccable conditions, and a maturity that can’t be underestimated.
Upon its opening, Heather Glen featured the Red and White nines, which were joined by the Blue nine in 1990. There is no difference in the quality of the three layouts and, as a result, Heather Glen’s strength lies in the consistency of its excellence.
Golfers are happy to play any combination of 18 holes and many tack on an extra nine and play all 27 holes in a single day. Heather
Glen has nice variety on its par 4s with holes as short as 363 yards from the tips and as long 447 yards. Total yardage varies depending on which combination is played, but from the tips expect 6,800 yards and from the white tees somewhere between 6,200 and 6,300 yards.
Small streams or a burn, as Heather Glen likes to call them in a nod to the club’s Scottish inspiration, cross several fairways, but there is ample room off the tee. That being said, the course runs through 400 acres of pine trees, dogwoods and oak trees. Players that stray outside of the rough will likely find themselves in heavy woods.
The biggest challenge at Heather Glen is avoiding the pot bunkers that dot the layout, none more notable than the feared “Devil’s Mistress.” The “Devil’s Mistress” is nearly eight feet deep and it looms in front of the green on the par 3, fourth hole on the white course. A trip to see this Devil will require nearly everyone to chip out sideways and a bogey (at best) awaits.
Generally speaking the greens at Heather Glen are receptive to holding balls on the approach, but shots that hit on the side of the green will likely find sand or a swale, both of which are difficult to escape.
“The advice we give people: hit one more club (than you think you need), because the ball won’t roll up,” head pro Adam Snead said. “The greens are elevated and soft in front.”
Heather Glen is a second shot course, and a first tier Myrtle Beach golf experience.
The Verdict: It’s hard to imagine a layout that was once named Best New Course in America as underrated, but Heather Glen is. It’s an outstanding layout that will help make your next Myrtle Beach golf trip a memorable one.
Posted on August 6, 2014