On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand we head to Murrells Inlet and make a stop at the International Club of Myrtle Beach. The International Club was designed by golf course architect, Willard Byrd. Through his design the course was given five sets of tees. As a result, the yardage for the par 72 course ranges from a fun 4,838 yards to 6,857 yards. This is enough to test even the best golfer’s skills.
Today we are going to the 8th hole and take a look at how to take on this challenging hole. We always look at the hole from the perspective of the amateur golfer so we will be talking yardage from the white tees and considering shots that amateurs like to hit.
The 8th hole is not intimidating from a yardage standpoint. It is a modest 360 yards from the white tees. They tough part of the view from the tee box is the dog leg left and the fairway bunker that is located directly in the middle of the potential landing area. It makes for a very nervous view off the tee. The smart play is to either layup just short of the bunker or to squeeze it just left and just right of the tree line. A total bail out is on the righ side but that leaves for a very long shot into the green.
Once we are off the tee we can get agressive in the approach to the green. It is fairly wide open with just a kidney shaped bunker guarding the right hand side of the green. The 1 thing to pay close attention to is the pin placement. The green is nice sized and ending up on the wrong part of the green is a mistake. Select the right club, which should be a short to mid iron and take a confident swing and hit the putting surface.
Now that we are putting the green is not hard to navigate. Get a read and find the speed in order to have a shot at hopefully a birdie. A 2 putt should be very achievable. Remember that the chance at birdie starts with a good tee shot off the tee.
For more information or to make a tee time visit the website at www.internationalclubgolf.com or call the golf shop at (843) 651-9995 and any member of the friendly golf shop staff will be happy to assist with anything.