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Blackmoor

Blackmoor Golf Club If you're a history guru or just like the feeling of being surrounded by historical features, Blackmoor Golf Club in Murrells Inlet has a lot to offer you. Built on the old Longwood Plantation, Blackmoor parallels the Waccamaw River and is home to tons of wild turkeys, alligators, and deer. P.W. Fraser and John Green purchased the plantation in the 1800s to grow and farm rice. Little did they know they were purchasing land that would later become a golf course recently voted the Strands Golf Course of the Year. One of the most interesting features of Blackmoor is the cemetery on the 13th hole, in which John Green is buried.

The course was designed in the early 1990s by the world's most traveled golf player, Gary Player. Golf in the south strand was still developing and was not the powerhouse that it is today. When Blackmoor first opened, it was the most expensive and pricy golf course on the Grand Strand. Now, Blackmoor is enjoyable one of the most affordable golf courses to play in the area.

The great thing about Blackmoor is that the developer took advantage of the natural terrain. It features the low elevation and abundant swampland that was part of the original Longwood Plantation land. The front nine introduces the higher elevations of the Plantation, but you still won't feel as though you're playing on a mountain. The back nine includes the more swampy areas of the Waccamaw River.

The clever layout of Blackmoor provides the high handicapper with a fun and interesting round. With a course rating of 71.1, the greens and fairways of Bermuda grass. Most of the greens are open in the front and allow the bump and run to come into play. The first six holes in particular are relatively narrow and approach shots are extremely manageable in short grass. Elite golfers will find the course a bit testy from the back tees.

The par 3's are very remarkable and challenge golfers with natural waste areas, water areas, and testy lengths. With 182 yards, hole 2 is the longest par 3 on the course. The par 5's on the other hand are some of the most beautiful at the beach in terms of scenery.

Hole 10 challenges golfers with a par 4 of 411 yards that doglegs left around trees. Hole 13 is one of the most beautiful but also one of the most difficult to get in two because of the massive cut required right off the tee. The last hole gives you the opportunity to finish strong. A long hitter has the chance to get on the fairway in two but you have to be careful not to slip into the bunkers and the lake. The 7th hole requires one of the most accurate approach shots on the Grand Strand.