Oyster Bay has been among Myrtle Beach’s best and most popular courses since its opening in 1983, and it’s as good now as it has ever been.
The course showcases the area’s stunning natural beauty, challenging golfers to play along the marshy waters of the Calabash River, and architect Dan Maples’ classic design work. The layout plays “just” 6,713 yards from the tips but offers plenty of challenge, with water on 16 of 18 holes.
Oyster Bay is strong from the start – keep in mind it was once named Best New Course in America by Golf Digest – but the back 9 is the star.
The 13th hole is a short par 4 (who doesn’t love one of those?) with water on the right and a cavernous bunker fronting the green, giving anyone attempting to drive the green something to think about.
That’s just the beginning of the fun.
The 15th and 17th are island green par 3s and the penultimate green is ringed by the course’s trademark oyster shells, making it a favorite of everyone with a cell phone camera.
Throw in the 16th, one of the Grand Strand’s most challenging par 4s, and the back 9 at Oyster Bay can stake a claim to being one of the area’s best.