Walk through the back doors of the clubhouse at Barefoot Resort & Golf and you’ll immediately see the beautifully manicured fairway for the 18th on the Fazio Course.
With 72 holes at Barefoot Resort (including The Dye Club), there are a number of memorable holes, but the Fazio 18th differs.
Yardage: Platinum tees – 453 yards, Black tees – 427 yards, White tees – 305 yards, Green tees – 292, Gold tees – 284 yards.
A par 4, No. 18 plays 427 yards from the black tees. While you make think it’s a straight forward finishing hole, don’t be fooled.
First, the hole almost always plays into the prevailing wind!
Next, for the tee shot you have water down the entire left side. Watch out for those pulled shots because more than likely you’ll end with a splash.
If you happen to hit a great shot off the tee and carry the ball more than 200 yards, you are left with an approach shot that takes some thought. Bunkers sit in front of the green on both sides, with the water continuing past and behind this elevated green.
A safe approach is taking the shot a little longer and farther right. Miss it too far right and you plunge into a severe collection area that leaves you with an awkward pitch.
Don’t quite have the distance off the tee you once had? The smart play here is to take your second shot and give your self a manageable chip. Finish with a one-putt and you have yourself a par!
If you are strong off the tee, the 18th can be your friend. Struggle with your driver – then you might not be a huge fan.
The Fazio Course is undoubtedly one of the best layouts at the beach and should be added to your next trip. If you needed another reason to play the Fazio Course, we’ve got one for you! Did you know that in 2014, the Fazio Course hosted the championship match of Big Break Myrtle Beach?