Myrtle Beach: Mystical Golf
Mystical Golf is a triple layer of Myrtle Beach golf properties within the abundant golf locale of the Grand Strand. Recently we traveled to Myrtle Beach and experienced The Wizard, Witch and Man-O-War layouts, under perfect autumn weather just 3 weeks removed from the fury of Hurricane Matthew. The storm unleashed its wrath upon the area with damaging winds that took down over 100 mature trees on the Mystical trio of routings (dumping nearly 20 inches of rain). We’re always amazed by the work of agronomy teams after such damaging weather. The excellent playing conditions we were provided just a few weeks after the storm made landfall in South Carolina was a testimony to the entire Mystical Golf staff.
Mystical Golf is the brainchild of owner and course operator Claude Pardue. Pardue is an old school golf entrepreneur who operates way outside of the modern business model (he doesn’t believe in POS systems, or layers of management. He believes heavily in giving back to the community’s youth and being visible to his customers nearly every day at each of his three courses (for a more detailed look into Claude Pardue and his business model, check out Trent Bouts’ in-depth feature “On His Terms” by clicking on the link:
Pardue hired golf course designer Dan Maples to craft the trio of routings, and Maples came through with three completely unique experiences for the avid linkster.
The Wizard clubhouse is a replica castle that overlooks the ninth (shown) and eighteenth greens. A wide open links style design, the Wizard will test your ability to control your golf ball on windy days (of which there are countless in the coastal community of Myrtle Beach). Bent grass greens aren’t the usual surfaces this far south, but both the Wizard and Man-O-War courses feature smooth Bent that rolls pure (the Witch has a hybrid Bermuda greens).
Man-O-War has the flavor of parkland Carolina but water is a feature in some part on all 18 holes (14th hole shown above). Many will choose M.O.W as their favorite course in the Mystical portfolio because of the playability and variety including generous fairways and mammoth sized Bent grass putting surfaces. Lag putt proficiency is a must in order to score here.
The Witch is anything but what the name implies. Set within 500 scenic acres, the Witch offers perhaps the best test of golf anywhere within Myrtle Beach proper. “The Broomstick” has a bit of everything, rolling fairways, magnificent par 3’s, well-undulated hybrid Bermuda greens and the demand that your ball striking be its very best. The experience starts with a magnificent cart ride through a shaded corridor of nature’s canopy en route to the 1st tee. Dan Maples’ routing traverses through magnificent foliage and undisturbed wetlands where vibrant Wildlife is intimately up close here on the 6796-yard championship layout. Maples’ arrangement of eclectic topography within such a beautiful setting has the Witch easily as my personal favorite f the Mystical tracks- a certified LinksNation gem, and a must play if you visit Myrtle Beach.
Tee markers resembling witches hats are made from the knees of Bald Cypress trees in the swamps within the 500 acres that make up the property of The Witch course.
Where to stay: Our group stayed at the Breakers Resort on the Ocean. Outstanding amenities, service and surreal ocean views are the norm at the Breakers. Vacation lodging & golf packages are available at http://www.breakers.com/.
What’s better than waking up to this view each morning? The scene from my balcony at the Breakers Hotel on a cool autumn morning in early November.
If you’re planning a Myrtle Beach golf getaway, Mystical Golf is worthy of your objectives – quality, value, variety, and service are all standard fare. The coastal Carolina area also boasts some of the nation’s best weather – combine all of these factors and that’s why avid golf vacationers from around the globe continue to flock to the Grand Strand.