May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff: A Lowcountry gem in South Carolina
A few weeks ago I finally got to play May River Golf Club for the first time. I had heard nothing but rave reviews of the golf course, which ranks among the best public-access tracks in the country on various lists.
The “Jack Nicklaus Signature Course” took full advantage of century-old live oaks and serene native landscapes that frame the holes. The layout is woven throughout the May River Forest and the river comes into play on a number of holes. The back nine is even more exciting than the front and offers three par 3s, three par 4s and three par 5s. The one-shotters are especially strong and scenic (all five of them) and are about as good as they are anywhere.
The green fee includes a walking caddie or a cart and a forecaddie (it’s walking only before 9 a.m.). My caddie, Ryan Lassiter, was a very nice and knowledgeable man and enhanced my round even more. We played through a couple of groups and without rushing it took us about two and a half hours to play all 18.
I am often critical after playing a Nicklaus design, but the “Golden Bear” did everything right at May River. This course is arguably among the finest Nicklaus masterpieces open to the public.
The golf club is part of the uber-luxurious Inn at Palmetto Bluff. Unfortunately I did not stay there but hope to do so the next time I visit the area.
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