Burning Ridge Golf Club in Conway: Enjoyable, back-to-basics golf near Myrtle Beach
CONWAY, S.C. - Burning Ridge Golf Club is an accessible golf course in price and play. The classic-style course west of the Myrtle Beach beaches uses the usual tools of the trade: trees, sand and water, but adds a little extra, like pinching the landing areas with rough that creeps in from one side or another. Or a ditch across the first fairway that has shaved banks to suck in any ball near it.
The golf course likes its mounds and bunkers. A combination of the two appears often on the inside corner of the frequent doglegs. They're easy to fly over if you're a long hitter, but they're problematic if you hit a grounder.
More mounds are near the greens and the bunkers are prolific, deep and sharply edged so there is little "maybe" that your ball fell into the sand.
That said, there is plenty of room on the course to avoid all of the above. Fairways are generous, and designer Gene Hamm provided a run-up to nearly every green. The greens themselves vary in size, but they are gently sloped and easy to read.
The 6,780-yard course is broken into four tees, down to 4,524 at the front, so you can take on however much or little you want. But like a siren's call, the course tempts you often with drivable par 4s and doglegs just begging you to try to cut. It's fun trying.
And if you miss, you'll likely land in a bunker, the predominate peril on the golf course.
Holes of note include no. 8, an odd little par 4 with a hill on the right that blocks your view of the landing area. Looking on the card, it seems you could drive it if you clear the trees also on the right. The green itself is against a hill on the left and a drop off right. It's a quirky little hole that will stick with you.
Burning Ridge Golf Club's 15th hole is formidable, too. It's a par 5 with little in your way until your approach shot. Then you have to precisely deliver your ball to the green. That's because you have to clear a pond first, then a mean little bunker front and center of the green. Its rear wall is steep, so anything an inch or more short is going down.
The golf course winds down with a cruising par-5 18th that varies in length from 529 yards to 391 yards. After that, perhaps you'll want to enjoy a beverage on the huge deck that overlooks that last green. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
March 16, 2011