The International Club of Myrtle Beach is a gem of a golf course located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.  The golf course is full of great holes that challenge players with its design and layout.  One of the best holes on the course is the amazing par 5 9th hole.  This hole is one heck of a way to finish the front nine as it provides a risk/reward second shot that will make or break many, many rounds.  Let’s take a look at this fun and challenging hole and how to play it.

The 9th hole at the International Club can play as short as 386 from the forward tees and stretch back as far as 512 from the back box.  The length of the hole is not the challenge here. It is the second half of the fairway and the location of the putting surface that can give golfers fits.  Off the tee players get a great look down at a very generous landing area no matter which tees played.  The middle to left side of the fairway is the ideal place to be in order to provide a good angle for the second shot.  That is where decisions need to be made.

Longer hitters will surely look to go for the green in two, but it is not an easy shot by any stretch of the imagination.  The water along the left side of the fairway will not come into play but the water that comes into the front right part of the green next to the two green side bunkers surely will.  Most golfers will look to layup in between both.  The fairway is wide enough to take a somewhat aggressive shot to get to the approach yardage.

From between the waters, golfers are looking at a shot that needs to avoid the bunkers short right of the surface.  Long is not great either as the runoff area slopes down away from the green leaving a very tricky comeback shot.  The green is nice sized and receptive to the wedge shot that players will be playing in here.  Aim for the center of the green.  Birdie is possible but a two-putt par should be a sure thing.  What a great feeling either score will be as players head off to start the back nine at The International Club of Myrtle Beach.

For more information or to make a tee time visit www.internationalclubgolf.com or call the golf shop at (843) 651-9995.