King’s North at Myrtle Beach National is one of the Grand Strand’s bedrock layouts. The Arnold Palmer design, which has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest, delights players with a combination of playability and unforgettable design work.
The signature hole at King’s North is the sixth, more popularly known as The Gambler. The par 5 has an alternate, island fairway, which allows the daring among us to dramatically reduce the length of the hole, bringing the possibility of eagle into play. Miss the island fairway and a number larger than you want to contemplate likely awaits.
Played conventionally, the 6th is a dogleg left and nearly as exhilarating. It’s a great risk-reward hole.
The par 3 12th, which features an island green flanked by a pair of “SC” bunkers, is a tremendous one-shotter, and the 18th, which has 40 bunkers, most of them running up the left side of the fairway, is equally memorable.
King’s North is outstanding from start to finish, beginning with a staff that sets the tone for your experience. This is one of the Myrtle Beach golf courses you have to reward yourself with.