Litchfield Country Club in Myrtle Beach, SC is located at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort of Pawley’s Island. As one of the original eight courses built on the Grand Strand and the first in the Pawley’s Island and Litchfield area, this golf course carries a reputation for a terrific game of classic golf. Among the old-style design challenges are its narrow fairways and sharp doglegs. Designed by William Byrd, Litchfield Country Club opened many years ago in 1966. The course boasts some beautiful oak trees with hanging Spanish moss that date back to the 18th century. Beautiful Azaleas are scattered around the course and serve to enhance the classic country club atmosphere.
Byrd designed the course with challenging doglegs focused around many of the trees and quite a few carries over the lovely lakes. The classic design is appreciated for its lack of parallel fairways. Golfers will find small Bermuda greens, narrow fairways framed by ancient oaks and more than sixty bunkers.
As part of the Waccamaw Golf Trail, this is a 6,752 yard course with a par of 72, rating of 72.6 and slope of 130. Golf Digest gave Litchfield Country Club 4 Stars in their “Best Places to Play” category. It is also a highly rated “Women Friendly Golf Course,” though it will eagerly face down the long hitters and low handicappers. Women and Seniors appreciate the fact that ponds are small and the bunkers shallow. It’s one of the few walker-friendly courses around. As an added benefit, Juniors who are accompanied by an adult are able to play with no charge.
Though many of the great golf courses that have maintained their excellent reputations throughout the years have changed their designs as a way of updating their fame, Litchfield has chosen not to follow their lead. Emphasizing the truly great Byrd design and pride in the course’s origins, great efforts have been made in preserving the original features such as the player friendly greenside pathways. From their gracious hospitality and charming plantation atmosphere, their tact has proven successful. Litchfield still functions somewhat as a traditionally exclusive country club course that attracts the most particular golfers.
The raised greens and classic bunkers enhance play on the course that maintains just a sprinkling of water. Hole #18 is among the “Grand Strands 100 Greatest Holes.” Entrance into this Signature Course does not come easy to visitors and only a limited number are able to find their way in. Guests of the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort are invited to play on this exclusive course.
Low country appeal is on the forefront of this leisurely and historic course. Litchfield has been described as stately and mature with an ambiance full of Southern charm. The neighborhood around the course is settled and shaded and only adds to the sophistication and steadfastness. The clubhouse for the course is modeled in an unpretentious plantation style. The sun room in the grill adds a very nice touch.
Byrd designed Litchfield in a highly traditional manner to encompass the use of an assortment of clubs and a variety of shots. Left and right doglegs are in abundance. The par-3’s are probably among the most challenging along the Grand Strand.
Those golfers that prefer a somewhat hard to find, traditional game of golf without all the modern twists, will want to venture out to Pawley’s Island for a try at the highly reputed Litchfield Country Club near Myrtle Beach, SC. Newer courses seem to lack much of the charm and tradition that Byrd created at Litchfield.
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Reviewed January 8, 2010 / Stars
“Litchfield Country Club near Myrtle Beach, SC offers an outstanding place to play golf as it has been rated ‘Best Places to Play’ as well as ‘Women Friendly Golf Course’.”
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