This Dan Maples design, is one of the older courses located just north of Myrtle Beach, but don’t let the term ‘older’ fool you. Oyster Bay is a very challenging and well maintained course. When you go to Oyster Bay be sure to bring a tee shot you can keep in the short grass, an effective short game and ability to putt sloping Bermuda greens. One thing you will not need at Oyster Bay is ‘attitude’, they have plenty!
The moment we walked in, the man behind the counter, we’ll call him ‘Brian’ (since that was his name) appeared to be annoyed with life. He had decided to take it out on every player in sight. No smiles, no ‘how can we help you?’ no ‘welcome to Oyster Bay. What tee time do we have guys?’ Just plenty of attitude to go around.
We had a group of eight players, two tee times, with one player being a local (they receive a resident’s lower rate). Because we made the tee times for eight, not seven and one local, Brian refused to honor the local’s discount card. And he was adamant about not accepting it. He said we had eight and everyone was going to pay the full price because we made tee times for eight.
My playing partner and I walked over to the snack area and ordered a soft drink. The lady behind the counter stated, “Have a ticket?” We responded with a ‘no’ and she then sharply asked, “Do you have cash?” Of course we do!
When time came to load the bags onto the carts, only one person was working the cart area. We offered to assist since we had eight and our tee time was coming up, he responded by throwing his hands in the air, “you can if you want!” then proceeded to walk away. No longer were we assisting we were now responsible for loading them!
The course was great! Very well-manicured with deep Bermuda rough. Landing a shot off the fairway meant it was Easter egg hunting time. Once the ball was found, forget plans to advance it 150 yards to the green. Just hack it out and hope it lands in the short grass.
Starting on the number one handicap hole, number ten, was challenging to say the least. Since the range was closed (at least that’s what he told me), it was a difficult first tee shot was over a hazard, up the hill with deep rough waiting, bunker on the right and woods just right of it. No, I did not par it! I did lose a brand new Pro V1 somewhere in the rough!
All the greens were well protected by bunkers and again, deep rough. No flat greens at Oyster Bay just multi-teared, sloping greens. The greens rolled true and were fast but fair. This is great to see, especially on an older course which gets plenty of play.
Everyone in our group (seven plus one) enjoyed the course. Scores in our group ranged from 75 to 90. This might give you an idea of how the course would play for most players. Landing areas off the tees were adequate and the greens were receptive. Overall, a very enjoyable round with plenty of challenging shots to bring us back. Problem is the attitude of the staff will keep us from returning.
614 Lake Shore Dr
Sunset Beach, NC 28459