Indestructeeble Myrtle Beach Golf Trip

The author at Heather Glen Golf Links in Myrtle Beach

The author at Heather Glen Golf Links in Myrtle Beach

Just got back from a fabulous golf trip to Myrtle Beach.  I would have given you long odds back in October that I could have played 36 holes for six straight days in hot weather, but I managed to pull it off and savored every one of them.  Some may wonder about the wisdom of playing so much golf in a compromised state of cardiac fitness and it’s a fair question, but the urge to splurge was difficult to overcome.  I did average 3.5 strokes per round higher in the afternoon replay rounds, which is an indicator of some fatigue, but I was having too much fun to stop and didn’t feel my health was at risk at any time.

This year’s venues were a mixture of high and middle end courses with different playing surfaces and widely varying conditions.  From a performance standpoint, only you as a player know in your heart whether the trip was a success, and mine was.  The self assessment:

  • Driving: B
  • Putting: A minus
  • Irons: C
  • Chipping B minus
  • Pitching C minus
  • Bunker: B
  • Course management / mental game:  B plus

Metrics:

  • Holes played:  216
  • Stroke average:  80.92
  • GIR average:  6.83
  • Putts per round:  30.08
  • Low round:  1-over 73 at Possum Trot
  • High round: 85, three times:  Possum Trot, Pawleys Plantation, Glen Dornoch

An interesting side note:  I hit every tee shot with my driver and 3WD using the same plastic frictionless tee.  I found this tee on my April trip to Myrtle Beach and have now played 20 straight rounds without losing it.  During our Wednesday round at Pawleys, the guys played a trick on me when the tee popped out after a drive and landed at the feet of my friend Mike who stepped on it and let me search for about 30 seconds in a panic fearing it was lost.  I’ve done a bit of research on frictionless tees and most are three pronged, but this one (pictured below) is prong-less.  Anyone recognize the model?

The famous frictionless tee

The famous frictionless tee

At Pawleys, the 13th and 17th holes are both par-3s that play out over seaside marshes.  The teeing area is a long narrow stretch of elevated grass and cart path.  I almost made the mistake of teeing up an iron on #17 with the treasured peg, but quickly replaced with a standard tee, because any forward or backward displacement of the tee would have found the marsh and ended the adventure.  As the trip neared it’s close, every tee shot took on greater importance and the preservation of the tee had a life of its own.

Jim on the narrow teeing area at Pawleys.

Jim on the narrow teeing area at Pawleys.

The peg is no longer round at the top and looks more pentagonal from being battered about for 20 rounds.  It might be time to retire this thing and call the World Golf Hall of Fame to see if there’s an endurance record.

Course reviews are coming, stay tuned!

 

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About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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10 Responses to Indestructeeble Myrtle Beach Golf Trip

  1. TinaGayle says:

    Wow, Brian, this sounds like a great trip. I can’t wait to hear more details of your trip.
    So glad you had fun,

    Tina

  2. Brian

    Sounds like you really teed it up. Sorry, I could not resist. What a great sounding trip. I look forward to the reviews. On a side note, I have played Pawleys Plantation about 20 years ago and remember the tee spot from 17 on the dyke. I cannot remember my results, but I do remember the teeing area.

    Cheers
    Jim

    • Brian Penn says:

      Thanks Jim. Pawleys is a fantastic play and you are always thinking what and where to hit on the tees. It’s no surprise that it’s a thinking man’s course since Jack Nicklaus was the designer.

      Regards,

      Brian

  3. Brian,

    Sounds like an awesome trip my friend! Happy to hear it was a success. Maybe your frictionless tee needs a blog of its own? The Adventures of Brian’s frictionless tee. I’m sure it’d have some stories for us if it could talk…

    Look forward to the course reviews!

    Cheers
    Josh

  4. Sounds like a great time was had by all, naturally pleased of course that your putting got the highest mark, A-. I have seen those tees over here in NZ, but have never used one, perhaps I should.
    Pete

    • Brian Penn says:

      Pete, thanks. I have been working on a new preshot routine to help me judge distance on putts of all lengths and it worked great, especially since we were putting on new greens with different speeds every day.

      Regards,

      Brian

  5. Wayne Halm says:

    Aloha Brian,
    Good job – on both the post and the play. 36 holes a day for 6 straight days is a good indication that your cardiac condition is in control. Glad to hear it.
    A Hui Hou,
    Wayne

    • Brian Penn says:

      Wayne, I was very pleased in my ability to play as much as I did and suffered no symptoms from the heat or my condition. I think the medicine has it under control. Am super pumped to continue playing this summer after a well needed break. No golf this weekend except for the US Open. Thanks! Brian

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