Aberdeen Country Club, Meadows

Combine golf in the Scottish tradition with a scenic South Carolina Low country setting and you get Aberdeen Country Club, a sprawling, 27-hole layout nestled in the rural community of Longs.

This North Myrtle Beach golf course is located just 10 miles inland, along the Carolina border, and is a links-style layout is as well known for its natural beauty as its unique design. Bordered by the Waccamaw River and towering pine and hardwood forest on the other, Aberdeen was carved out of this farmland to blend harmoniously with its environment.

Opened in 1989, Aberdeen is the craftwork of renowned architect Tom Jackson, a SC native who has designed more than 60 courses nationwide. An understudy of famed architect Robert Trent Jones, Jackson is known for building charming but challenging courses with creative use of the natural surroundings.

Aberdeen presents golfers with true tests of mental and physical skill on three distinct layouts - the nine-hole Meadows, Highlands and Woodlands. Each offers diverse mixes of strategically placed bunkers, numerous natural water hazards of creeks, ponds and wetlands and elevation changes that are uncommon on the Carolina coast.

Featuring well-manicured, tree-lined fairways and new, lush Tif-Eagle Bermuda greens, Aberdeen presents golfers with numerous risk-reward opportunities, most involving water. With some form of the wet stuff appearing on 24 of the 27 holes, golfers who do manage to stay dry then face undulating greens with difficult pin placements.

Measuring between 6100 and 6400 yards for each 18-hole combination, Aberdeen carries a 71.1 rating with a slope of 126. The Highlands course boasts the signature hole, the par-4 No. 9 that measures 389 yards from the white tees. The dogleg-left over thick wooded areas requires an accurate tee shot and avoiding a large front-side bunker that guards most of the green.

Aberdeen features a full driving range and putting green so golfers can warm up before their rounds or work on their swings at the end of the day. Or make a full day of it by trying to squeeze in an extra nine holes for the full 27. Golfers can also take lessons from pros or relax on the deck of the clubhouse bar and grill.

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