Philip (Salem, VA)Played on: 10/19/2016
- Pro shop:4.5
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Lion's Paw golf links is routinely heralded as architect Willard Byrd's finest work. Part wild and untamed, part rustic and quiet, the course features two distinct but equally challenging and impressive styles. The first 12 holes play through towering hardwoods and feature a fair amount of elevation change, while 13-17 venture out into an open area where trouble comes in the form of wind and not hills. Featuring deep, sugar-sand bunkers MiniVerde greens, Lion's Paw gets a 3 1/2-star rating by Golf Digest and is included in Golf Digest's esteemed list of the “Top 50 in Myrtle Beach.”
Overall rating based on 83 reviews. Currently showing the last 20 player reviews from Myrtle Beach Golf Insider:
"Long, difficult course. Ignore prior reviews, the course was in excellent shape especially the greens."
"Greens were horrendous. They should warn people that you can not putt."
"The greens are totally gone on this course! I wish we would have read the recent reviews first- don't be fooled by the star ratings. They should have warned us about the greens when we purchased a package. The fairways were in decent shape but a little long. The layout was fine. The pro shop had metal detectors on the doors- not sure I have ever seen that! Staff was not too friendly. There are too many other good courses in Myrtle Beach area to play - don't waste your money here until they get their greens fixed."
"This was the worst course we played all week. Fairways looked like they hadn't been mowed in a week. The greens were the worst. Very little grass, a ton of areas where there was no grass, and just as bumpy as ever. Worst greens and course I have played on either here or at home. This was once a well manicured course. Not anymore. Complained in the clubhouse and got a raincheck for a return visit. Absolutely pathetic. Panthers Run greens were also not the best but they were like the Masters compared to Lions Paw. Starter and staff could also use some customer training."
"The original Big Cat is still a strong course. Wet conditions called for cart paths only but overall the conditions were good. Greens were smooth and fast which is true with all of the Cat courses. If you are planning a trip to MB, you should consider the Big Cat package if for no other reason than the maintenance of these courses is outstanding."
"Played for the first time 7/2014 and couldn't wait to go back this year but that was a mistake. It was the worst condition of any golf course I have ever played in the Myrtle Beach area in twenty plus years of visiting here. It was such a shame to see a magnificent golf course let itself get to that condition in one years time. For people who have been visiting for a long time this course is in worst condition than Deer Track in its final year of operation. Never seen a golf course more brown not even Chambers Bay was that brown"
"Nice layout but would have liked to have known that some of the greens had been aerified. One green would be extremely fast and then the next was like hitting out of a bunker. Lots of patches on the greens and fairways as well. This was the fifth course we had played this week and by far was my lowest ranked."
"Fairways excellent, greens a bit slow."
"Before I write anything else, I would like to say I loved the golf course layout and the whole experience of playing it. However the day we were there it seems they hadn't cut the fairways for a few days and it was like playing out of mild rough the whole round. Plus the fact that it had rained the night before made it slow going. The highlight of the day was hitting over two large alligators on the par 3 third hole. Would definitely like to try it again when the course has dried out."
"Nice course in a very nice community. The staff and people we met were very friendly and helpful. Thought the shells surrounding the water was nice. We did not like that we had to ride only in the rough on the cart path side due to seeding the fairways. We try to understand that this is necessary."
"Good course fair to the average golfers as we were..will play again..."
"A lot of rain, cart path only, course very wet, MOTHER NATURE!!!!"
"Played the course as a group of 48. This course was player friendly with exception of the long Par 3's. Tee to green in excellent shape. Rough was a little thick, but that's what the rough is. Clubhouse and staff were awesome. Would strongly recommend playing this course if you are in the area."
"Golf course wise, a very nice layout and well kept by the crew. Big black eye here for the pace of play. Our round took 5 1/2 hours to play and not a ranger in sight. No complaints at all about the course but the pace of play was inexcusable."
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