River Oaks Golf Plantation is a Plantation Resort Golf Partner
If you meet a bear on a golf course, don’t turn around and run away. Face it, head on, with the head of your driver. That’s what my husband and I did when playing the nine-hole Bear Course at River Oaks Golf Plantation in Myrtle Beach.
The Bear, along with The Otter and The Fox, mingle in their natural habitat and make up the 27 holes and 800 acres of River Oaks. Laid out under the towering pines and sweeping oaks along the Intracoastal Waterway, it’s one of only eight courses in the area that offers this gorgeous waterway view.
The 2015 Golf Course of the Year, an honor awarded by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association, is both a beauty and a beast, which makes meeting up with this type of wildlife a fun outing in the great outdoors. In fact, that’s what River Oaks is often touted as: the “fun course” of the area because of its designation as the home for the Myrtle Beach Junior Golf Foundation and promoting the “Juniors Play Free” initiative. River Oaks hosts more than 25 events each year in its mission to give back to the community.
That’s because River Oaks recognizes the locals’ longtime support of its successful, long life in Myrtle Beach since its birth in 1987. The course, located on the grounds of a former nature preserve, received more breathing room during a $2 million project that commenced in 2007 and continued through 2010, when more than 4,000 trees were removed to improve growing conditions, overall playing conditions, airflow and sunlight. Additional renovations included cart path replacement, and storm drainage and bunker improvements.
Several standards that have been in place since River Oaks’ first tee time on opening day are: the use of high-quality Ultra Dwarf Champions Bermuda greens, affordable play rates and friendly, five-star service. We experienced this from the bag drop and cart pickup to the concierge cart making its rounds along the courses if needed – no matter our skill level. And that’s exactly what course designers Gene Hamm and Tom Jackson intended: to create three nine-hole courses that challenged golfers of all skill levels, from those living here locally to visitors from around the world.
An exceptional challenge is The Bear No. 9, a 547-yard par 5 that’s known to be the longest, most difficult hole at River Oaks. Treat it with respect and play it like a three shot par 5. Here’s why: You’ll definitely get to dust off your driver on this hole, a dogleg right with lots of water. To get to the emerald green, you must hit over a large lake to the green flanked by bunkers on both sides. River Oaks’ head pro Scott Taylor advises to aim your second shot toward the left mounds to get your ball past the big tree. After this, you can relax at the clubhouse with a bite to eat and a cold drink before tackling the next nine.
The central location, value, grounds upkeep and friendly service of River Oaks has made this unique 27-hole course an ace for golfers for nearly 30 years.
Deep Discounts for Plantation Resort Guests at River Oaks
Plantation Resort offers our guests tee times at exceptional rates! To book a tee time, visit www.riveroaksgolfplantation.com. Be sure to mention that you are staying at Plantation Resort to receive our fantastic partner discount!