Par 3s are often about finesse and distance control, but not always. Myrtle Beach golf’s five longest par 3s require as much, if not more, brute strength than the longest of drives.
Unless you are a low single-digit handicap, you likely don’t play from the tips, but if you find yourself in the nether regions of the tee area, here are Myrtle Beach’s five longest par 3s. Bring everything you have.
1. Wicked Stick, No. 7, 265 yards – It’s only appropriate that the founding father of "grip-it-and-rip-it" golf, John Daly, sits atop this list. At 265 yards, this hole would test Long John himself. For some of us, 265 is a great drive. Swing from the heels and hope for the best. If a long par 3 isn’t enough, Wicked Stick also has one of the Grand Strand’s five longest par 5s.
Has ANYONE birdied No. 7 from the tips?
2. Burning Ridge, No. 12, 247 yards – Gene Hamm is one of the most prolific Myrtle Beach golf course architects with seven courses to his credit, and the 12th at Burning Ridge is among his most daunting creations. Burning Ridge isn’t extremely long - 6,780 yards from the tips – but this whopper requires every bit of swing speed and strength you have.
3. Prestwick, No. 8, 246 yards – This Pete and P.B. Dye inspired monster doesn’t have trouble around the green but merely reaching it is a herculean task. Golfers are best served to aim left, giving themselves the opportunity to run the ball up.
T-4. Moorland, No. 7, 245 yards – Moorland has been ranked among America’s most challenging golf courses and the seventh does little to discourage that notion. If you are playing a P.B. Dye layout, be ready for a challenge.
T-4 Dunes, No. 12, 245 yards – In addition to being one of the Grand Strand’s longest par 3s, it’s one of the prettiest. The Atlantic Ocean is nearby and a salt marsh comes into play on the right side. To think, when you walk off the 12th green Waterloo, the Grand Strand’s most famous par 5, awaits.
Have you played the Grand Strand’s longest par 3s and if so, how did you fair?
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