Caledonia Golf & Fish Club’s had us in awe even before we stepped foot on the golf course.
A grand entrance of age-old oaks draped with Spanish moss guide you down a narrow road toward a charming southern-styled clubhouse.
Out on the course, we discovered an intriguing Mike Strantz design. The course won’t overpower you (it’s actually short by today’s standards), but it will test your accuracy and course management.
A numer of holes dictate club selection with hard doglegs, though still offer the aggressive player opportunity to cut corners and take a little risk-reward approach.
Greens are well guarded with deep bunkering (yes, many have stairs leading you in and out) and several require forced carries over water hazards.
Adding to our experience, one of my good buddies, Brian, along with two other friends, Mark and Brent, joined us for the round. It felt just like old times, when I used to routinely visit this crew in Myrtle.
The final hole flanks the fishing grounds of the Fish Club (which is private), offering beautiful views of the water and clubhouse.
In addition to Caledonia, I played a quick 18 at sister course True Blue Golf Club, located just across the street.
Wider fairways and extensive waste bunkering characterize the slightly longer layout, which is nearly as fun as Caledonia.
The final few holes are some of my favorites, with the 18th demanding two well-struck shots over water and leading you back toward the unique clubhouse.
Put these two courses together, and you’ve got one fantastic 36 holes of golf.