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Barefoot Resort Courses
One of the fastest growing areas on the Grand Strand is also home to four grandiose golf courses. Barefoot Resort houses courses developed by Greg Norman, Tom Fazio, Davis Love, and Pete Dye. Each course is uniquely designed and each has distinct features to tantalize your golfing taste buds.
All together, the Barefoot courses rest right alongside the waterway, stretching for 2300 acres. They wind through the trees and are developed on fairly unspoiled grounds.
The Dye course is built for difficulty. If you're searching for a challenge course that requires your upmost attention and focus then the Dye course is just for you! The longest of all four courses, the fairways of the Dye course are highlighted by a multitude of mounds and plenty of water and greenside bunkers. The vegetation on the course is mostly on the perimeter and out of the way. The first four holes on the course are easily warm-ups for the hard work you face ahead. Make sure you bring all of your clubs because you'll most likely use every single one of them in an attempt to tame this beast! The most exciting hole on the Dye course is Hole 18. Characterized by a very narrow landing area, it is guarded on each side by a lake and wide bunkers, and has little to no bailout. Another favorite of the Dye course, hole 10, is bordered from the tee to the green by a large lake. It doglegs left onto an elevated green. It is also bored on the other side by huge wide bunkers, three to be exact.
Not as extreme as its neighbor, the Love course attracts golfers of all levels and has more wide fairways. Voted the "6th Best New Golf Course in the United States" in 2000, the course features seven lakes and has accompanying wetlands on almost each and every hole. When he designed the course, Davis Love also provided alternate routes to the greens and provided golfers with challenging par-4's, elevated greens, and tree-lined fairways. The favorite hole on this course is hole 8, which is characterized by a large bunker in the left center of the fairway. The hole has two routes to the green, one of which lands you on a well-bunkered elevated green.
Designed by Tom Fazio, the Fazio course is very fair and also challenging and incorporates his signature features that golfers crave: sweeping fairways, sun-splashed bunkers, and traditional greens. The par-71 course is somewhat shorter then Davis Love's course but does not falter in its level of intensity. The course features water on at least 15 holes but some are out of play. The Fazio course is probably the most beautiful of all four courses with magnificent landscaping and lush greens. Fazio uses different terrains for each hole creatively. The 4th hole is one of the most challenging and is mostly uphill. The fairway here is also less wooded. The most difficult hole on the Fazio course is the 10th. The fairway itself is woven around a very large lake and waste bunkers.
The Norman course is a par-72 course and presents an intriguing challenge for golfers of all levels. Known as the most difficult of the four, each hole is framed by natural vegetation and waste bunkers. Seven of the holes are on the waterway, providing golfers with a beautiful view. Unlike most courses, Norman worked with the terrain that he found and didn't build it up or down. The bunkers are Mckenzie style and have sloping white faces. Norman also incorporates an occasional sod-wall bunker. The greens are gently sloped, unlike most courses, and require the perfection of your bump-and-run shots. The greens are also composed of a variety of different types of turf grasses to make it visually appealing. Hole 9 is one of the greatest holes on the beach.