In the early 90s, my darling wife sent me on a golf trip to Myrtle Beach. One of the course I played was the Oyster Bay Golf Links Course. It was an great track and well worth the price of admission. The one hole that sticks out in my mind, even today, is the 17th hole island green. It was picturesque, challenging, and challenging. No, that was not a typo, let me explain.
There are several reasons why I remember this hole. The first is that it was an island green, as you can see in the picture, and the white border around the green next to the water is actual oyster shells. Yup, I could not believe it at the time, but oyster shells they are. I can say without hesitation that your golf ball hitting the oyster shells reacts exactly like rock; the bounce is amazing.
I decided to play this hole from the tips. It was 165 yards, there was no wind, but it was cooler temperatures as I played this course in February. My partner and I were the only players in the vicinity of the 7th hole, so we decided to keep hitting balls until we had on stay on the green.
I was very fortunate because after my 13th ball, I got one to stick. Yes, you read that number properly, it to me 14 tries to get a ball to stay on the green. The first half dozen were short. The next bunch hit hard and rolled off the green. The 12th ball hit the oyster shells right of the green and flew a great distance into the water. The 13th ball hit pin hit and bounce off the back of the green into the water. (I was really disappointed about that one) My 14th ball hit on the front of the green and rolled to back area, but stayed on the putting surface.
After a smooth two putt, I walked off the green with a par! Okay not really, but I need to say that for my ego. I remember this hole like it was yesterday. I used anything from a 4 iron to an 8 iron. The club that finally worked was my 6 iron (not surprisingly). I do remember laughing after the third ball and shouting with elation when I finally hit a ball on the green. As a matter of fact, I am smiling about that hole as I write this trip down memory lane.
If you are wondering what sparked my sudden recollection, watch this video below:
I stumbled across this video by Brian Penn from All About Golf. As soon as I saw this hole, my memories of my experience on this fun hole flooded my mind. Thanks Brian, I needed the laugh. Oh yeah, great swing my friend.
Have you ever played the 17th hole at Oyster Bay in Myrtle Beach?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!