For a great round of golf and an enjoyable outdoors experience, Indigo Creek Golf Club is a hidden gem in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Located in the historic fishing village of Murrells Inlet, known as the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina, this tiny town is also home to some of the top golf courses among the 100 layouts on the Grand Strand. The South Strand's plantation area's scenic wetlands, woodlands and wildlife help create an experience that goes beyond 18 holes of golf.
Designed by the late, great architect Willard C Byrd, who built 100 courses across the country and 10 in the Myrtle Beach area, Indigo Creek demonstrates his ability to construct an excellent course within the confines of a residential golf community. He makes full use of the natural terrain to create an enjoyable round with minimal contact with civilization.
Rated as one of the "Top New Public Course" by Golf Digest in 1990, Indigo Creek continues to earn accolades for its affordability and playability, particularly among female golfers. Measuring only 6,747 yards from the tips (6,167 from the whites, 5,596 from the yellows and 4,923 from the reds), Indigo Creek doesn't require you to drive like John Daly to score well.
With a course rating of 70.4 and a slope rating of 130, Indigo Creek does present some challenges beyond the tee box. Towering pines, tidal creeks and strategically placed bunkers serve as obstacles in the Bermuda fairways, and the new TiftDwarf Bermuda greens are frequently well guarded on three sides by sand traps and water hazards.
Regardless of skill level and driving distance, accuracy is the key to mastering Indigo Creek. The ability to use every club in the bag will be your best friend as you traverse the tight, tree-lined fairways and try to carry the creeks and ponds to the green. Grip it and rip it at your own peril, but risk-reward opportunities abound.
Nowhere is that truer than the signature hole, the 395-yard, par-4 12th, which features a 90-degree dogleg and requires golfers to cross the same creek twice, so long, rolling drives won't cut it on this quiz. Like many of the par 4s on the course, golfers may want to play it safe and leave the driver in the bag, or go for the green.
Indigo Creek features a private clubhouse complete with swimming pool, a bar and grill with food and beverages available, and a driving range and putting green to work on your game before hitting a course that favors finesse over force. Golf carts and pull carts are available for rental and walking the course is allowed.
Indigo Creek is located in Murrells Inlet, about 15 minute south of Myrtle Beach. From downtown, take Highway 17 Bypass South about 15 miles and look for the main entrance on the right. To book a tee time, visit www.myrtlebeachgolf.com.