Course Spy: True Blue Plantation

A Mike Strantz masterpiece: True Blue in Myrtle Beach.
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True Blue Plantation
Pawleys Island, S.C.
7,062 yards, par 72
Green Fees: $155
888-483-6800
truebluegolf.com

Service
Southern hospitality stretches from the bag drop to the bar and grill, which has a shaded veranda that overlooks the 18th hole. A well-groomed grass range completes the picture, easing you into an enjoyable round.

Pace of Play
Despite a three-group bottleneck at the par-3 third — a dastardly hole with a water-guarded green — we got around in under four hours thanks to marshals who manage to keep traffic moving without being rude.

Quality
Mike Strantz's artistic use of water and waste bunkers means this captivating layout stands out amid the sameness of the Grand Strand. Forgiving from the front tees, murder from the tips, and hardly a weak hole along the way.

Value
In the buyer's market of Myrtle Beach, you could probably find a cheaper course, but you're not likely to happen upon a better deal. With a replay rate of $70, you might consider squeezing in 36.

Verdict
Top-notch service, spit-shined conditions and a unique design make this a must-play in a golf-mad region. Go ahead and scour the coastline of South Carolina: You won't come across a better vacation course.

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