There’s no shortage of memorable holes in the Myrtle Beach’s Best Golf Collection. From the north end to the south end, there are plenty of holes that leave golfers telling stories from their trip to Myrtle Beach. This week’s featured hole – Barefoot Fazio No. 18 – is one of those holes you’ll remember years after your round.
Barefoot Fazio is one of four courses in the Barefoot collection, along with the Dye, Love and Norman courses. The Fazio course gets its name from renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio.
When Fazio designed his Barefoot course, he created a picturesque finishing hole that rewards a quality and smart first shot off the tee.
The 18th hole plays 427 yards from the black tees, and let’s get this out of the way: no matter what the scorecard says, it isn’t the 12th hardest hole on the course. The challenge is much more substantial.
Water runs up the left side of the fairway, so any tee shot that is pulled will almost certainly find a watery grave.
So, what is a golfer to do? Success on No. 18 begins with a quality drive and a smart approach. A 250-yard tee shot leaves approximately 175 yards to the green, which is a substantial challenge for the average player.
If you bomb your drive, hitting the green, which is flanked by bunkers on the left and mounding on the right, will require an outstanding approach. If, for whatever the reason, your drive leaves you 200 yards or more out, the recommendation here is to be smart.
Play your second shot to the distance you are most comfortable with and try to chip up and one-putt for par.
Worst scenario is you two-putt and walk away with bogey. More often than not, bogey will earn you at least a halve of the hole.
The 18th on the Fazio Course is tough, but it’s an outstanding test and a good way to finish a memorable round.
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