CALEDONIA GOLF AND FISH CLUB
Caledonia is situated south of Myrtle Beach on Pawleys Island in a terrific location, on the site of a colonial rice plantation. It opened in 1994 to rave reviews from all the major golf publications. It has all the historical credentials for plantation golf: A Scottish immigrant named Robert Nesbit bought the land in 1797 and named it Caledonia, the Roman name for Scotland. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club has captured world-wide recognition for its breathtaking aesthetic beauty as well as its exceptional design.
Careful to preserve the natural surrounding, including hundreds of centuries old live oaks, architect Mike Strantz has risen to the top of the most wanted designer list with this, his first solo design.
Mike Strantz was only 50 when he passed away in 2005, but his departure was also a serious blow to American golf course architecture as he was widely regarded as one of the more innovative modern designers and a man who was not afraid to take risks or dare to be different. Critics might claim his bold designs went too far with the amount of earth that he moved on some of his work but they should realise that variety within the field of course architecture is healthy for the overall development of the game of golf and his creations certainly got golfers thinking on many different levels.
The original plantation house burned to the ground in 1931. Dr. Nesbit’s descendants continued to own and operate Caledonia until 1940. After the Nesbits relinquished ownership of the property, parcels were systematically sold off for development to the point where the once-substantial landholding was whittled to 152 acres from its original size of 2,542 acres.
The current owners purchased the property in 1971 to use primarily as a hunting and fishing preserve. Each member had his own small lodge on the property and would often come to fish in the river and hunt ducks in the rice fields. Every Thursday the group would meet at Caledonia to cook dinner and socialize. They still gather there often—the shed remains on the property in its original form, with some cosmetic upgrades over the years. It is this fellowship and tradition that inspired the design and construction of the golf course.
As sportsmen, the owners aimed to build a course that preserved as much of the land’s natural beauty as possible. As southerners, they wanted to create an atmosphere of warmth and hospitality that each golfer would remember fondly. The goal of Caledonia remains that each visitor look back on his or her day not just as a round of golf, but as an overall Lowcountry experience.
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawleys Island south of Myrtle Beach, is simply put one of the best golf courses in the region, and on a national scale – one of the tops in the country! Golfers can expect world class service, exquisite landscaping, fine amenities plus a layout that provides both challenge and playability.
The environment is not unlike Augusta National, with exquisite landscaping and aesthetic touches that include abundant flower beds, wooden and stone bridges, tall pines and moss covered oaks, plus meandering creeks that line several fairways and cross in front of a number of greens. Perhaps the most striking aesthetic feature of the plantation is the impressive avenue of live oaks leading to the clubhouse steps.
These 150-year old trees, laden with Spanish moss, led to old King’s Highway as it made its way along the coast in the 1700s. 84 white sand bunkers and sprawling waste areas provide challenge and aesthetics, and water hazards come into play on 8 holes.
The manicured fairways are rolling in nature and tree lined, with landing zones that are defined by pine trees, water and sand. The sloping green complexes are often well protected by sand traps and grassy swales that form into collection areas.
Caledonia will test the best of players with its undulating terrain and daunting hazards. Golfers have to be prepared to display accurate driving ability and a variety of short game shots to score well here.
There are many memorable holes, including the gorgeous pare five 8th and par four 16th (with ponds in front of the green),and the par three 17th which plays over a huge waste area.
The spectacular finishing hole doglegs to the right with an approach over a lake to a deep green with the beautiful clubhouse in the background.
The clubhouse is an attractive, tasteful building, with rocking chairs on the deck to watch the golfers hack it up on No. 18. The clubhouse features a nicely stocked pro shop, changing area with shower, restaurant/lounge plus banquet and outing facilities. The practice facilities are comprehensive, and include a targeted grass range, putting greens plus 3-hole short game area with sand bunkers – complimentary for members and green fee paying guests.
The course is visually stunning, and is over-seeded from tee to green, providing green playing conditions (including the rough) all year long. Caledonia is one of the true hidden treasures.
Well known for being the longest running golf school in Myrtle Beach, The Steve Dresser Golf Academy opened on the property of True Blue Golf Plantation during the summer of 1989. The Academy’s highly decorated PGA professional staff use state of the art video equipment and advanced facilities to straighten hooks, cure slices, and put the fun back into the game! After class, players will enjoy a round at True Blue or Caledonia.