People’s Champs: Golfers Vote Caledonia, True Blue Myrtle Beach’s Best Courses

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club have long enjoyed critical acclaim, earning top 100 honors from the game’s three most prominent legacy publications – Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golfweek – but the Mike Strantz designs recently received an equally gratifying plaudit: People’s Champ., one of the area’s leading package providers, surveyed golfers from across the nation, asking them to rank the Grand Strand’s top 10 layouts, and Caledonia and True Blue finished first and second in the poll.

Nice as it is to be ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses by industry experts, the acknowledgement by golfers who spend their hard-earned money to take a trip gets to the heart of the experience Caledonia and True Blue provide.

Caledonia topped the list, which was hardly a surprise. Strantz’ first solo design has long been a bucket list course, combining an unforgettable layout with natural beauty.

Golfers enjoy the course’s Lowcountry setting, playing through sprawling live oak trees draped in Spanish moss. As just one example, the tee box on the par 4 7th hole is framed by a pair of giant oak trees, challenging golfers to tee off through an “archway” that beautifully frames the hole, one of many reasons players find the layout so appealing.

The challenge at True Blue is a more muscular one, featuring sweeping fairways framed by waste bunkers and large, undulating greens that add to the layout’s creativity. Strantz earned his reputation as “The Maverick” due to his willingness to challenge golf’s conventional wisdom and he was at his best at True Blue.

A par 72, the course features five par 5s and five par 3s while No. 6 has two different greens complexes. Playing a “big course” like True Blue rewards power but it’s hardly a necessity, highlighting the quality of the design.

Golfers of all skill levels relish the creativity and playability of True Blue, making it little surprise the layout was ranked No. 2 in Myrtle Beach, golf’s most popular destination.

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