A hidden gem is often tough to find, but usually worth the journey, and beneath each mornings blanket of fog, you’ll find Aberdeen Country Club, a gem worth finding where nature’s beauty is on par for the course. Players will find a rewarding experience, home to gathering wildlife, that reminds them why they enjoy the game so much. A challenging course, mother nature, player camaraderie, and an appreciative staff you come to expect as a Founders Group Member property.
Designed around the Aberdeen community by architect Tom Jackson, the golf course hugs the Waccamaw riverfront preserve with only a minimal number of home sites in view, allowing players to enjoy the feel of classic golf in the Scottish tradition.
In keeping with a traditional Scottish links-style course, there are not as many trees outlining the courses as is usual on American golf courses. Instead, golfers have to deal with more bunkers and water hazards. Rolling hills along the side of the fairways and around the greens add to the beauty of Aberdeen’s courses. The nature preserve sports an abundance of wildlife, including turkeys, nesting osprey, bald eagles, and alligators.
In winter the tee boxes, fairways, and green surrounds are overseeded. The greens on this Myrtle Beach golf course are allowed to go dormant and are painted with a light application. Aberdeen’s special greens roller keeps the TifEagle Bermuda greens smooth and playable.
Behind the clubhouse, there is a large practice area which includes a sizable putting green with quite a few holes for putting practice, a full driving range, and a chipping green that features a sand trap for practicing getting out of trouble out on the course.
There are 4 sets of tees on each Aberdeen Country Club nine: Blue for Championship, White for Men’s Amateur, Gold for Seniors, and Red for Ladies.
The Meadows Nine (3,306 yards).
Gently contoured fairways create a meadow-like feel to this course. The first few holes run parallel to the river and natural wetlands. The course then transitions to the feel of a traditional Scottish links course, with strategically placed wind-shaped bunkers and hybrid Bermuda greens.
The Meadows nine offers a good mixture of holes. It starts off with a few short holes that are somewhat narrow. You’ll want to keep the ball in play on the first two holes. For the first hole you might use an iron or a hybrid off of the tee to a very narrow fairway. The next hole is a short par 5 that’s fairly narrow. After the first four holes, the course opens up and becomes more meadow-like, with larger fairways. Now it’s safe to bring out your driver and “grip it and rip it,” to quote “Long John” Daly.
Once you turn around to the 6th hole, you’ll see houses that have sprung up on the right hand side of each of the last four holes.
The Highlands Nine (3,420 yards).
The Highlands nine is the most popular of Aberdeen’s three courses. This course gives the strongest feel of a links course because of the rolling hills along some of the fairways. Yet it is also tree lined to add a more modern parkland feel.
Of all three nines, Highlands boasts the largest greens which are undulated, some to the point where there are only a few sections that can be used for placing flags.
On this course you’ll encounter some of the most unforgettable holes you’ll ever play, and you’ll end with one of the strongest par 4s on the Grand Strand. This challenging course requires a little more distance off the tee.
The course begins with a good, fair straightaway par 5 starting off with a forgiveness factor. One of the more challenging par 5s is found at the 5th hole; it offers a slight dogleg right off of the tee, and a forced carry over water if you want to use a short wedge to get to the par 5.