Where can you find smooth greens, visually pleasing holes, player friendly layouts, and a pristine atmosphere unmatched by any other course on the Grand Strand? At Azalea Sands, of course. And it’s these distinctive characteristics that draw return players year after year after year. This course is full of absolutely beautiful holes that also come packing a punch and can turn your golfing game upside down.
Azalea Sands is easily the most player friendly course on the Grand Strand and also is one of the last courses where you’ll find zero neighborhood distractions since there are no houses along the course. The course opened in 1972 and is a Gene Hamm production. Featuring a course rating of 72.5 and a slope of 123, Azalea Sands provides you with a fun yet fulfilling day of golf.
Date opened: 1972
Architect: Gene Hamm
Course Rating: 72.5
Slope Rating: 123
Gene Hamm has done it again with Azalea Sands, a player friendly yet fun and interesting course located in North Myrtle Beach. In fact, Azalea Sands may be the most player friendly course on the Grand Strand. It is also one of the few remaining courses in the area that isn’t full of man-made hazards. Another great aspect? There are no houses around the course so you’ll feel at one with the greatest game on Earth without the neighborhood distractions you’ll find at so many of the other courses in Myrtle Beach.
At Azalea Sands, the greens are always smooth and the first hole really opens up the course and completely sets the tone for your entire day. The opener is a tree-lined fairway which becomes even narrower due to the bunkers and rough. Hole 2 is generally a favorite and is a short par-4 that requires you to carry over water to an offset green. There’s also a pair of bunkers in front ready to stand between you and your perfect score. This hole is a true strategy hole, so bring your A game.
The fifth hole is the most visually pleasing: a par 3 over water to a green armed with four bunkers. Don’t let its beauty fool you as this hole can either make you or break you. There’s only one true dogleg at Azalea Sands and it rests on the 13th. Look out for the crowned green on the eighth as it’s sure to spring up on you.
Many golfers continue to return to Azalea Sands year after year due to its player friendly atmosphere, distinctive layout, and variety of challenges. Come see what all the fuss is about for yourself as you’re sure to come back for a return visit!