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Name: Birdie Man
From: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Handicap: 17
Date: February 2003


Wicked Stick G.C.

Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina, USA
(843) 215-2400

Public course
18 Holes available
USD$79 including cart (seasonal)


Greens: Average
Fairways: Average
Tees: Good
Sand Traps: Average
Scenery: Poor
Layout: Awful
Comment: All kinds of hype about this course and it just doesn't come close to delivering.

Club and Facilities

Pro Shop : Good
Pro Shop Service : Good
Practice facility : Good
Food and beverage: Average
F&B service: Average
Food value: Weak
Bev Cart : Yes
Bev Cart Rating: Average
Comment: This place can almost qualify as a tourist trap for the price of merchandise in the pro shop.

General Comments:

Be advised that in spite of the fact that this is a John Daly signature course it is not particularly long unless you play from the 'Daly tees' in which case it is still only 7,001 yds.

This course does a lot of marketing and the logo is really cool but that's where the love affair ends. The course was a complete disappointment. Advertised as a 'links style course', unfortunately somebody forgot to tell the architect. The fairways are not nearly rolling enough to qualify and there are precious few mounds. The sand traps often have stairs to get into them but they are totally unnecessary 95% of the time. Somebody must have told the greens keepers that links style courses have stairs in and out of the bunkers so they went and added them afterwards. The architect was successful in delivering a 'links style' insofar as there are very few trees. Unfortunately, because the rest of the course is not links style the lack of trees makes the course seem young or incomplete.

One benefit to the courses failure to deliver on the links style is the fact that most of the fairways are side by side and as such you can almost always find your ball. Not a lot of fun to play but at least you won't lose many balls.

Two days prior to playing Wicked Stick it rained very hard. The course I played the day immediately after it rained was dryer than this one. The drainage was horrendous!

For all the negatives, the course was in pretty good shape. Especially in light of the time of year, taking into account the very cold and icy winter and in comparison with other courses in the area.

The pro shop was very nice and there is a significant amount of John Daly memorabilia on display. The merchandise is for the most part very nice although there is a noticeable lack of equipment. Wicked Stick logos on anything you could possibly want to buy. Be prepared to pay for it.

The food, merchandise and the round of golf itself were all overpriced - but who can play a signature course without buying something to take home? Unfortunately they know it too and take full advantage.

Best Hole: #18
Why: Great par five finishing hole. Easily the best hole on the course. A dog leg left where too far left will find you all wet. A very long hitter will have a low percentage shot to the monstrous green which is well protected by a pond directly in front. Do not be short! Even a regulation approach shot is difficult when the pin is far left as the water continues around that side of the green as well. Even those golfers with the steeliest nerves will aim at the heart of the green.

Overall rating : Weak

Overall value: Way Overpriced

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