The West Course at Pearl Golf Links is one of the area’s (excuse the pun) gems, particularly at this time of year. With thriving bentgrass greens and several holes that play along the Calabash River, the course needs to be on your radar.
This is a layout that allows players to score well, particularly on the front nine, but it’s the closing holes that will leave you looking forward to your return.
Holes 14 through 16 represent one of the toughest stretches along the Grand Strand as a pair of monster par 5s bookend a long par 4. The 14th plays 553 yards from the white tees before beauty is paired with challenge on No. 15.
The 390-yard two-shotter is relatively tight and the green overlooks the Calabash River, providing a chance to enjoy a stunning visual in the midst of a taxing stretch. The 16th plays 552 yards from the white tees and the river flows along the right side, making it the course's toughest test.
Architect Dan Maples provides a memorable reprieve on the 134-yard 17th hole, where the Calabash River threatens for the final time. The 18th is a risk-reward par 5, giving the skilled and daring a chance to go for the green in two, but your approach must carry water. The choice will be yours.
One decision that should be easy is the one to play the West Course at The Pearl.