The Legends has three great courses: Heathland, a Tom Doak design; Moorland, a P.B. Dye course; Parkland, modeled from styles of Alister MacKenzie (Augusta National) and George Thomas (Riviera Country Club).
Most players, high and low handicappers, believe the toughest course of the three is Moorland. I must say most people are right! Misplace a tee shot or approach shot and start adding extra strokes. Par becomes a thing of the past. It would be best on most holes to just add an extra stroke and count that number as your par. Sometimes bogey feels like you gain one on the field.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a great looking course. The player will realize the course and greens are in great shape everywhere. Most players will see a lot more than the fairways and greens on Mooreland. The waste areas, fairway and green side bunkers, lakes and wooded areas as well.
The rolling fairways add to the difficulty of your approach shots. Uphill, downhill and side hill lies make proper club selection difficult. On many par fours the approach shot is the player’s third because missing the fairway is very penal. I don’t care how good the player is, it’s important not to bite off too much on many holes.
It starts early on Moorland. Number two, a par five and only 484 yards from the white tees is visually intimidating. The player’s tee shot across water and waste area, on paper, seems rather benign. Fade it and the best you’ll get is waste area about ten feet below the fairway. Too much fade and you’ll see a splash. Hook or even just draw the tee shot a little too much and find what the beach looks like with shrubbery everywhere.
If your tee shot does make the fairway, you second shot is rather a simple one: lay up to about 100 yards. Don’t miss the green on your approach shot, unless you have a ball retriever or love bunker play. Besides that, number two Mooreland is a very easy par five.
Moorland is a difficult track by most standards but still enjoyable to play. Although everyone in our group of about twenty four players complained of its level of difficulty, we’re going back next year for the same punishment. This time we’ll carry our first aid kits to help stop all the bleeding.
The Legends is a great destination for group trips to Myrtle Beach. I have played more than seventy five courses in the Myrtle Beach area and for a single destination; this is one of the best. Three different courses, great practice facility, great pro shop and restaurant, and what I thought were a professional and friendly staff. Just in case you play Moorland they sell first aid kits in the pro shop.
Legends Golf and Resort
1500 Legends Drive
Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29579
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