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Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Resort opens four new courses simultaneously

In what is probably a golf first, Barefoot Resort is opening four courses on April 12th in the golf mecca of Myrtle Beach.

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Four fores at once

Barefoot Resort’s four championship layouts were designed by Greg Norman, Davis Love, III, Tom Fazio, and Pete Dye. This provides an unprecedented opportunity for golf travelers to conveniently play new layouts by four of today’s top architects.

The Norman Course gives the feel of a Southwest course, without the desert, in that there are only 60 acres of mowable grass on the entire course. It also ‘bump and run’ approaches to the greens, with a lack of traps guarding the greens meaning golfers can run their balls up to the hole. The Love Course is a traditional Lowcountry South Carolina layout, with a replica of 17th century plantation house ruins reminiscent of estate ruins Davis Love saw on Scotland and Ireland links.

The Fazio Course is routed through a spectacular piece of rolling property, with wide fairways, water features on 15 holes, and dramatic elevation changes. Finally, the Dye Course (the only semi-private course at Barefoot Resort, which currently allows both membership and public play), has its own clubhouse, rolling hills, and waste bunkers* on almost all of the holes (and some running almost the entire lengths of holes).

Comprised of more than 2,300 acres, Barefoot Resort is situated adjacent to the Barefoot Landing shopping, dining, and entertainment complex along the Intracoastal Waterway. It will eventually feature approximately 12 different residential communities, exclusive resort hotels, conference facilities, and Barefoot Village, with an atmosphere similar to downtown Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans.

Though no accommodations are currently available at Barefoot Resort, many convenient North Myrtle Beach options are nearby.

Planning a trip

To get to Barefoot Resort, use the Expedia.com Flight Wizard to book a flight to Myrtle Beach Jetport (airport code: MYR). Use the Car Wizard to rent a car in Myrtle Beach. Use Expedia.com to book a room in the North Myrtle Beach area or to book a tee time at Barefoot Resort (except the Dye Course).

*A bunker is a sand area that is typically raked and when the ball lands in a bunker, the golfer cannot ground the club before hitting. After hitting the ball, the area is raked by the golfer (or caddy) into the shape it was found. Waste bunkers are vast wide open areas, many times they run along side of the greens. They are usually not raked or "kept", but more of a rough area. Golfers are allowed to ground the club when hitting from these areas and they are not required to rake or do any clean-up to the area after hitting.