Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club
70 Tanglewood Dr
Pawleys Island, SC 29585-7457, United States

Jack Nicklaus designed this course, which opened in 1988 near the Pawleys Island salt marsh and the adjacent barrier island.
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Guest Policy:open
Dress Code:Collared Shirt (No Denim)
Season Start:Year-round, weather permitting
Reserved Tee Times:Online & Phone
Fairways Grass:Bermuda

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Recent Scores

Date Golfer Score
9/28/21 Walter Keck 83
9/21/21 Keith Bruxvoort 100
9/4/21 Derek Sikora 81
6/26/21 frank mosquera 96
6/23/21 Jeffrey Beakes 97
6/23/21 Marauder31 88
5/19/21 Tom Jorjorian 83
5/14/21 Deno Pourlos 87
5/13/21 grins1 95
5/13/21 Christopher Buhse 90
5/7/21 george eden 77
4/23/21 George Burge 85
4/22/21 Frank Yost 90
4/18/21 Rick Manago 95
4/7/21 DarrellJ 82
4/1/21 Curt Miller 96
3/26/21 kenkittrell 89
3/21/21 jimmylott35 92
3/15/21 Robert Patchen
2/28/21 mikeriggs 90
2/27/21 RON BURDEWICK 105

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Recent Reviews

  CRMiller63 - 7/24/21
Great course will defiantly play it again - 8/17/19
Great course. Loved it! - 10/3/18
Whenever someone asks me about the golf course I recommend him or her to come here and find the best one. The share details about the courses as well so more people know about it. - 7/22/17
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.

Anyway, back to 13. The tee box is elevated above the marsh and if you are afraid of heights (like me), it can be quite the extra challenge. The hole is bulk-headed to the marsh and there is zero room for error. Your tee shot is complicated by the prevailing wind and very rarely plays the stated yardage. The 13th green and the 16th green are one and the bunkers around the 13th green catch any errant shots that the water does not. This hole truly lives up to its billing. There’s a 5 on my scorecard and that’s being generous! If you look down into the saltwater marshes at low tide, you can see where others have tried – and failed – too.

The second hole is rated the #1 handicap hole and is very demanding; even more so because it is only the second hole. At 408 yards from the White Tees, it takes two good shots to get on in regulation. There’s water to the far left and sand to the immediate left of the large undulating green. Par is a very good score here.

Mr. Nicklaus thinks Number 10 is one of the nicest holes on the course and I tend to agree. If you play a hybrid or long iron off the tee and leave it short of the large fairway bunker on the right side, you’ll have an approach shot of less than 130 yards. Should you decide to play left of the bunker, you can get your approach distance down to about 80 yards. Either way, you’ll have an approach shot over water to a long, narrow green bulk-headed in front and well bunkered on either side. This is a great thinking man’s 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.

To book your next golf vacation at Pawleys Plantation, Click Here. If you fill out a package quote form on the Waccamaw Golf Trail website – with no obligation to buy – they will send you a voucher for a free round on one of their courses.
  omeradhia - 4/8/16
green are in horrible shape. Half of the green is packed sand. I would avoid this course till the greens are fixed.
  CDAD1 - 5/28/15
Excellent track...nice greens
  redcarpetman - 2/16/15
very nice course for the money. will play again. employees and players were really great.
  merivers - 11/2/14
This is a very challenging course, but also enjoyable. I have played it many times and never get tired of it.
  GWeiss98 - 8/3/14
What a disappointment! The course was in good condition, but the design here is just a joke. If you like gimmicks, like 60' trees in the middle of fairways or overhanging branches that block tee shots, then you'll love this place. There are four holes on the back that view the tidewater area, which is very scenic. The rest of the course is uninspiring. We had a problem with our tee time, which the staff seemed uninterested in helping us solve. The pace was quite slow for a weekday morning. The group ahead of us was a couple of members that insisted on playing multiple balls ALL DAY. When we finally found a ranger, they refused to say anything to them. Obviously, I would NOT recommend this place. There are way too many amazing places so close by to enjoy.
  RG3MAN - 6/10/14
It is a challenge but fair.
  njones145 - 4/28/14
The course itself is beautiful, between the water and the marsh visually this course is stunning. The pace of play was good we were in a group of 20 so 5 groups playing they packed you in tight, but we finished the round in 4 hours 39 minutes, which is not horrible. The greens were a little beat up that would be my only complaint. the two par three marsh holes are the coolest holes I have ever seen or played.
  ctieche - 4/22/14
Very scenic. Tight fairways, difficult greens. I have other course I would prefer to play.
  jfurr - 4/8/13
I enjoyed it very much. Staff were friendly, some very pretty holes.
  ericsgramps - 3/17/13
Lovely course; well maintained; polite, helpful staff. Interesting- most holes are different and challenging, yet playable for everyone including women and duffers like myself.
  jperez - 12/14/12
4th favorite course on the Grand Strand.

The course has a fantastic variety of holes, and the lowcountry marshlands are a visual treat.

I remember the fairways being much narrower, but perhaps I've just learned after 25 years to hit my driver straighter ^_^

I was the first one out (the single I was supposed to be paired with showed up after I finished the first hole). Pace of play was just fine. At the turn we were then behind the last group who went off on the other 9. They had to keep coming back to get the clubs they left behind (I guess Coors Light *was* the right beer now, even at 10 am), but even as a twosome, we rarely had to wait on a hole.

Played Oct '12, and I thought the course was in very fine shape.

Staff at the bag drop area were very friendly, despite being very busy (I went out before a very big charity outing).

The course, in the Pawleys Island area, located between Hwy 17 and the Ocean, is visually stunning. Of all the courses I've played that are surrounded by housing, at this one the houses are the least obtrusive. Even the line of townhouse condos along hole 12 (and 11?) are set so far back, and are covered by trees that I didn't even think about the possibility of my slice returning at the worst possible time.

The views on the two par 3s (13 & 17) that you play as you cross a dike (in both directions, coming and going), which have their tee boxes elevated *on* the dyke (don't fall off!) almost make you forget about the doubles and triples.
  ibugm1 - 7/19/12
First time playing Pawleys, what a pleasure. Greens had been aerified only a 7 days before we were there, but rolled and putted extremely well. This is a must play course if you are in the area.
  billchu2 - 7/9/12
This is a very nice course. It has 3 island-green par 3s and features wide, shallow greens. Most holes are fair and offer a chance for scoring. However, I was real disappointed in the hospitality. Most courses in MB offer a bag drop with an attendant that takes your clubs and puts them on your cart. When I pulled up to the bag drop, no one but golfers could be found. Then upon completion of the round, there was no one at the cart return, nor were there signs. It also would have been nice if they had more drinking water on the course.
  mgalli - 5/17/12
Nice course. Classic SC style and in good shape. You get more than you pay for here.
  rjjacob - 5/4/12
Jack made this course a real son of a bitch
  bez825 - 3/14/12
Great scenery. Greens were horrible, very sandy and beat up. Putts bounced all over. Very tight fairways so if your a 15+ handicap bring a lot of balls.
  richcrim - 1/3/12
Best greens!
  mblanchette - 9/15/11
difficult terrain with many challenges 2 holds par 3 Special
a play for those who loves a challenge

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