Back nine perfect reasons to play golf in Myrtle Beach

By January 12, 2009, 5:00 pm
With more than 100 golf courses sporting the biggest-name architects in golf, Myrtle Beach is well-known as a prime golf-vacation destination. If you need a little more convincing, we've taken our favorite Grand Strand golf holes and combined into what would be our dream Myrtle Beach play.
Our front nine took in spectacular tracks like the Long Bay Club and King's North at Myrtle Beach National. Now, we head home - our back nine closes the show in style. Each hole on our 'course' corresponds to its placement on the actual golf course.
No. 10 - Prestwick Country Club: Prestwick's 383-yard par-4 10th offers a delectable start to a delicious back nine - the same purpose it serves in real life, according to golf writer Tim McDonald, who in his course review of Prestwick, called the second half of the course 'the front nine jacked up on steroids.'
No. 11 - Caledonia Golf & Fish Club: You get what you pay for at this upscale Grand Strand club, and this 167-yard par-3 gives you the scenery and style that make Caledonia a Myrtle Beach golf favorite.
No. 12 - King's North at Myrtle Beach National: You'll be shooting downhill to an island green on this nerve-wracking 140-yard par 3. Bunkers and a tricky green make this not only one of the Grand Strand's prettier par 3s but one of the most challenging.
No. 13 - Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation: Tidewater's memorable holes are almost too numerous to pick just one. 'It's a gorgeous course, with overhanging oaks, marsh everywhere and high bluffs overlooking the sun-sparkled Intracoastal Waterway, complete with cruising sailboats and dotted with local fishermen,' McDonald wrote.
We'll go with the 539-yard, par-5 13th so you can savor the ocean views.
No. 14 - Palmetto at Myrtlewood Golf Club: There's plenty to choose from among Myrtlewood's 36 holes. but you'll want to save your best swings for this 366 par-4 that will have you dodging water.
No. 15 - Willbrook Plantation Golf Club: Listed in the book 'The 100 Greatest Holes Along the Grand Strand,' Willbrook's 15th cements the course's sterling rep. While many praise the club's women-friendliness, this 538-yard par-5 will require some heavy hitting.
No. 16 - Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links: Plenty of golfers will tell you Glen Dornoch is about as good as it gets in Myrtle Beach. This 431-yard par-4 begins what many consider the most treacherous closing trio on the Grand Strand.
'The 16th is classic strategy hole, with a hill on the right and the fairway narrowing to a trickle on the left. Hit to the crest of a hill to have the best angle down into the green, over marsh. And put away your driver or suffer the consequences,' McDonald warned.
No. 17 - TPC of Myrtle Beach: This Tom Fazio design shows a little more sympathy for the duffers than usual on this Grand Strand standout, but it still packs considerable punch, as the 145-slope rating attests.
This par-3 17th is a scenic 193-yard delight that will have you shooting to a near-island green. Victory or a two-shot penalty could be yours.
No. 18 - Heritage Golf Club: You might as well finish strong, and this Pawleys Island delight brings it home right. The grand oaks frame your way through this 530-yard par-5 that shows off everything that's grand about Grand Strand golf, from clubhouse to green.
Back nine stats
Par: 36
Yardage: 3,231
Total stats for a dream 18 in Myrtle Beach
Par: 72
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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.