|Address:||70 Tanglewood Dr, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, USA|
Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club is one of those courses you can play over and over again and never have the same shot twice; that’s what makes it such an enjoyable course. Jack would have it no other way. Pawley’s Plantation is a championship, par 72 course that measures 7,031 yards from the back tees, yet the most memorable hole on the course is a mere 115 yards long. More on that later. From the back tees, the course carries a course rating of 75.7 and slope of 148. Most golfers will find that the White/Egret Tees (6,184/72.0/139) will give them as much golf course as they can handle. Five sets of tee boxes give golfers of all levels of ability the chance to enjoy this Lowcountry classic. The course is not without its share of notoriety; Golf World named it one the state’s top 30 courses in 2009 and 2010. Golf Digest has awarded the course 4 stars as one of its “Places to Play” and Zagat has called Pawleys Plantation one of “America’s Top Courses”. The front nine winds its way through pine and hardwood forests and features several tree-lined fairways; others use beautiful lakes to frame the border. Massive sand bunkers are prevalent on several holes. The back nine is a different story as several holes extend out into the saltwater marsh and offer fantastic views of the surrounding area. Rest assured that because of your location, the prevailing winds will be a factor. Two hundred-year-old moss-draped oak trees come into play on several holes, most notably on number 14, where “Jack’s Tree” sits in the middle of the fairway near his old house. For the most part, landing areas are generous; and the green complexes are nothing less than you would expect from a Jack Nicklaus design. The TifEagle hybrid Bermuda grass greens are large with subtle undulations and run-offs typically associated with Nicklaus courses. They putt fast and true. It’s not often that the par 3 holes add the most excitement to a round, but at Pawleys Plantation that is certainly the case; all showcase water, sand or both. Ask anyone - including those that have taken a double or better – what hole they remember most and they will undoubtedly say number 13. This hole plays 115 yards from the White Tees and is every bit as much of a test as #17 at Sawgrass. Locals have dubbed it “The Shortest Par 5 on the Grand Strand”. To get to the tee, you drive from the 12th green across a causeway, past the 17th tee box, and stop about ¾ of the way across. The tees for 13 and 17 are built into the causeway; 17 is a par 3 that plays 150 yards, over a saltwater marsh to a green that is a lot wider than it is deep. It too is a tough hole. As you can tell from the slope rating, Pawleys Plantation is not an easy course. Jack Nicklaus’ philosophy has always been that golf is “a game of precision as well as power" and nowhere is that more evident than here. From the tree-lined fairways on the front to the marsh-laden back nine, Pawleys Plantation keeps you guessing. You’ll need to hit it long and straight on some holes and finesse it onto the putting surface on others. Thankfully, Pawleys Plantation provides each golfer with a yardage book. A good course is not complete without a good 19th hole and the Palmetto Pub raises the bar when it comes to your typical clubhouse fare. In addition to your favorite clubhouse food and libations, they have an outstanding food menu with some nice surprises. The night we were there, the special was a 12oz NY Strip steak, cooked the way you like it, served with salad, potato and vegetable. Their She Crab Soup and homemade chili also hit the spot. Because of its location, Pawleys Plantation is a popular spot for weddings, with a scenic and private location overlooking the 18th green. Pawleys’ professional event planning staff and executed chef Leon Nesbit can help put together an event that you will remember for a lifetime.
I was looking forward to staying at Pawleys Plantation with so many great reviews about the course and also the accommodations they have. Unfortunately I was never able to finish even the process of booking a 12 man golf retreat. From the very start it took them 48 hours to even email me a quote, after receiving that I spent 5 days just trying to get a hold of Chris Bridges to hand over deposits and solidify our trip. After many phone calls and emails I finally was told by Chris that I was his number one priority that day to finish my quote and book our stay... took him all day to email me a quote, meanwhile I was able to go through another company, book at what looks to be a nicer resort with the same courses for less money and it only took 20 minutes to finish the deal!!!! Im afraid that Pawleys Plantation needs to look into who they have representing there golf course and maybe hire a few extra hands to book there group outings.
We went to Pawleys for a wedding and golf the next morning.. The wedding was beautiful overlooking the 18 green and the dinner following was very good. The staff and waitstaff were excellent and appeared to really take pride in their presentation and service. The golf course, however was a real disappointment. While the course is beautiful and a typical Nicholas lay out with trees in the middle of some fairways which force you to decide on your approach, the greens were shocking. There were only two greens that were not severely distressed. Some greens have lost 40% to 60% of their grass and are little more than green painted sand. I feel that the pro shop should have told us about the conditions of the greens. Even with Primetimes and Passport, the course is not worth the fees in its current condition. I
I want to live here! This is a perfect place to spend a romantic night with your husband or a weekend with the family. My husband and I got married in Pawleys Island and stayed at the Plantation for our wedding night. I also stayed there with a friend the night before. I checked in Friday night to get a parking pass and the sweet lady at the front desk remembered me when we checked in on Saturday. The manager even remembered us from coming in 2 months prior to make our reservation! I saw all of the suites and regular rooms (my friends and family stayed there) and all were beautiful and wonderful! The suites are HUGE. We wan to go back to celebrate our 1 year anniversary next year. It was such a beautiful property and wonderful wedding night stay.
Amazing golf course. The layout is fantastic and really tests your ball control. Most of the course is very tight and plenty of shots with water in play. Two awesome par 3s on the back 9 one that is basically an island green in the marsh. There is a bad issue with the greens, starter said some of the greens had a disease but it turned out pretty much all of them were bumpy and dead and painted green. Had many putts zig zag and bump up in the air and they rolled really slow. If the greens werent messed up I would highly recommend the course. However came away very disappointed because of the greens.
Arrived at 6:15p to check in 7 miles from where we would be staying. Got to the room and it was not cleaned from the previous guest (bed used, towels used, etc). They staff apologized and upgraded us to another room. We walked into the upgrade and it smelled like dead cat. Its after 8pm by this point we have lost over 2hours just trying to check in for a 1 day trip. We had to find another hotel so we lost both time and money. Just know what you are getting into before you try to stay here for a short trip.