Heathland along with Moorland and Parkland golf courses make up the 1300 acre golf facility known as Legends, located just outside of Myrtle Beach. The resort boasts three championship golf course as well as practice facilities and also serves as home to The Classic Swing Golf School. The Moorland course was designed architect P.B. Dye, and is considered the most challenging of the three courses. The Parkland Courses was designed to favor more of an Augusta National type course, while the course I played, Heathland was structured similar to links style courses of the British Isles. Tom Doak modeled several holes after signatures holes from courses like Saint Andrews, Cruden Bay, Royal St. George, and Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
This course was designed with a links type theme, and the look and feel from the tee boxes let's you know that the goal was accomplished. The fairways are wide and rolling, with natural waste areas and rough. The tract really doesn't have a lot of water hazards; water only comes into play on a few holes in the form of streams. However don't let the lack of water and wide fairways fool you this course is well defended in true links style with pot bunkers. Some of the bunkers are worse than others, but all will test your shot making skill if you find yourself in one. The course does set up nicely for all skill levels, of course accuracy is always rewarded but errant shots are playable. The greens at Heathland are quite large, placing emphasis on club selection on approach shots. Pin placement may change your club choice by as many as one or two clubs. The undulating greens make being close to the flag essential. However if you do miss a green the bump and run is a great shot to have in your bag. I found the greens to be fast as well as firm. The contours also emphasized the need to be able to make a god stroke as well as judge speed.
We played in a scramble format so I can't really give you an ideal of what I would have scored playing my own shots, but I did feel that no one in our group was at a disadvantage. If I play this course again and probably will I think I will pay more attention to playing the correct side of the fairway and really watch my club selection on my approach shots. I really enjoyed the golf course and would recommended teeing it up at Heathland anytime.
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