Elegant, timeless, classic golf pristinely set on the Carolina coast
The Sea Trail Golf Club in Sunset Beach, N.C., just a short drive north from the hustle and bustle of central Myrtle Beach, boasts three consistently high-rated courses that remain highly popular tracks on the Grand Strand. Sea Trail’s Dan Maples course presents a distinct golfing experience alongside Sea Trail-Byrd and Sea Trail-Jones. Right now we’ll spotlight the brilliance of the Maples course, but you should try to play all three with MyrtleBeachGolf.net!
Defined by centuries-old maritime live oaks, Sea Trail-Maples is characterized primarily by its seaside setting, with signature frozen hardwoods framing numerous holes, a feature only time can create. With a naturalized setting like the Maples course, it’s no wonder it also serves as an abundant home to the area’s local wildlife, like their iconic osprey nest, located just steps from the clubhouse – one with a convenient bar/restaurant and plentiful patio space to enjoy a cold one at your round’s conclusion.
On the course, Sea Trail-Maples’ unique look, with its trees and sandy waste areas and greenside runoff space, really has no comparison on the Grand Strand. This par-72 design measures just under 6,800 yards from the back tees and will constantly call for creativity to navigate throughout its many dogleg holes. The accuracy-demanding layout features five holes that wind along the scenic Calabash Creek, with elaborate landscaping and undulating greens. Still regarded as one of Maples’ finest, this is a beautiful par-72 course, with A1/A4 blended Bentgrass greens and numerous waste bunkers peppered throughout, including one which extends the full length of the fairway.
One of the course’s signature doglegs, and perhaps its most fun hole to play, the par-4 7th at Sea Trail-Maples is a 370-yard par 4 from the back tees, but it plays much shorter because the fairway runs virtually perpendicular to the tee boxes. With a large lake separating the teeing area and fairway, players must decide how far they can cut the corner over the lake to the left, as hitting it straight out makes for a much longer approach than hitting toward the green.