Myrtle Beach report: a great worldly (gimmick) course

mulligan, 24 July 2005, Comments Off on Myrtle Beach report: a great worldly (gimmick) course
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The plan to play at the TPC at Myrtle Beach on Sunday afternoon was disrupted by a shotgun event, and as a result I had a chance to have a remarkable (gimmick) golf course experience by playing instead the World Tour Golf Links. The World Tour track is composed of “golf holes inspired by the great courses of the world” such as Augusta National, Pine Valley, St. Andrews, Winged Foot and many more

We played the Open Nine and the Championship Nine, which gave us a chance to experience replicas of Augusta National’s Amen Corner, the island green hole of TPC Sawgrass, Royal Troon’s postage stamp hole, and a number of other famous holes. Some of the replicas were quite imperfect and all of the holes, even from back black tees, were clearly more user-friendly than the originals. Nevertheless, every hole was an interesting adventure, and I had more fun playing this (challenging but fair) course than any other resort course I have played in many years.

A lack of local knowledge and a few three-putts cost me some strokes, but I still managed to card an 80 from the back tees. (I hit the island green, but three-putted, and I almost made a birdie 2 on the replica of Augusta #12.) Helping my cause was my success getting out of the tee box with the help of TaylorMade’s R5 driver, a club I will discuss at length in a forthcoming post.


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