What do you get when you combine 900 acres of pristine coastal wetlands with renowned golf architect Dan Maples?
The Pearl West, a links-style golf course on the Carolina border that is as fun to play as it is beautiful to look at.
Located in Calabash, NC, just over the state line and on the banks of the scenic Calabash River, the Pearl West is a Maples masterpiece that attracts golfers of all handicaps to test their skills against one of the best.
Featuring 18 holes of the Pearl Golf Course's 36-hole tract (the Pearl East sports a more traditional design), the Pearl West was listed among the "Best New Public Courses" upon its opening in 1987 by Golf Digest, which also awarded it 4.5 stars. The Pearl West also made Golf Digest's prestigious list of "Best Places To Play" in 2004.
From first glance it's easy to see why the Pearl West is a popular choice. Offering lovely Lowcountry vistas of the river and surrounding wetlands as well as the dense maritime forests, the Pearl West is a beauty to behold. Towering pines, pampas grass and extensive landscaping frame this picture-perfect vision of a golf course.
But it only takes a few swings of the club to realize that looks can be deceiving. Although beautiful, the Pearl West also knows how to pack a punch. Featuring wide-open fairways framed by rolling mounds, the temptation to grip it and rip it has gotten the best of many players with its natural water hazards and yawning bunkers.
Maples' reputation for seamlessly blending courses into the natural terrain holds true throughout this layout, especially over the closing five-hole stretch that runs along the bluffs along the Calabash River. Three of the five holes are in access of 500 yards and are bordered by the river, so long, accurate tee shots are critical.
The signature hole doubles as one of the best finishing holes among the 100 golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. The 534-yard par-5 18th presents golfers with a great risk-reward opportunity before calling it a day. With water running through the fairway, a tricky approach shot is required before crossing the bridge for a birdie try.
Before or after your round, be sure to visit the luxurious clubhouse's 19th hole at The Pearl Restaurant & Bar. Featuring a full bar and a breakfast and lunch menu, visitors can relax inside or out on the patio deck overlooking the spectacular course. A pro shop, driving range, putting greens and pro lessons are also available.
The Pearl West is located at 1300 Pearl Blvd. Southwest, Calabash, NC, 28467 and special rates are available for those wishing to play both courses. From downtown Myrtle Beach, take Highway 17 North approximately 20 miles and turn right on Pearl Boulevard to the main entrance. To book a tee time, visit www.myrtlebeachgolf.com.