The Bay Tree Plantation cannot be missed if you
are visiting the Myrtle Beach area. You are bound
to see the 'water tower' with Bay Tree written
on it many many times while you are in the area.
The course was once in really great shape and
won awards and I believe even hosted an LPGA event.
I understand that the area had a really rough
winter and may be largely responsible for the
condition of the course when we played it (late
February 2003). The greens were is absolutely
terrible condition. While this is often a problem
most greens had good areas on them that would
have been very playable. Unfortunately the greens
staff chose, on more than one occasion to put
the pin right in the middle of the worst part
of the green. Many greens were unplayable as a
The layout was very disappointing. Most holes
were doglegs (both right and left) and there was
some water, but there was very little creativity
evident. The course had no changes in elevation
that I recall (which is similar to other courses
in the area). It does provide what I consider
to be the "typical Myrtle Beach course".
Lots of tall pines lining all the fairways with
little rough but instead if you miss the fairway
you are hitting off of pine needles. A real experience
in spite of the condition of the course. This
being said, I am sure there are other opportunities
in the area to get this same experience at better
value and under better conditions.
The slope is 129 but it soesn't seem to play
that hard. Disappointing - perhaps one of the
other two eighteens is better value.
Best Hole: 16
Why: The Plantation's signature
hole. This par 4 is a cool driving hole with water
on the right and a relatively tight landing area.
The bunker between the tee and the water is well
sculptured and impressive.
Overall rating : Weak
Overall value: Overpriced