Oyster Bay Golf Links nearly straddles the border between North and South Carolina. Opened in 1983 and originally designed by Dan Maples in tandem with developer Larry Young, the course is one of the iconic places for golf in the Myrtle Beach area, exceedingly popular with both vacation golfers and those who call the Myrtle Beach area home. Long considered one of the better-value courses in the area, its well-kept Bermuda greens intrigue and confound and its 18 holes weave in and out of salt marshland and coastal forest. A number of its holes regularly appear on “best of Myrtle Beach golf” lists.
For a course of relatively modest length, Oyster Bay plays quite fiercely, with large, undulating greens and five par fours measuring 440 yards or longer from the back Gold set of tees. But there is great variety as well, with shorter two-shotters like the 370-yard 12th and 330 yard 13th. That 13th is a particular darling of a hole, with a lake bordering the right side of the fairway and green, which is built up on a concrete bulkhead, bordered on the left by a huge bunker. Two and four holes later, the player tackles two more well-known Oyster Bay holes. Both par threes, the 15th and 17th play to island green complexes, with the latter having a green ringed by a border of oyster shells, creating an arresting and unique visual.
Off-course at Oyster Bay, golfers have access to well-appointed facilities. A practice putting and chipping green and grass driving range are available on-site for pre- and post-round practice sessions. The staff at Oyster Bay is also available to organize golf outings, from a small-scale gathering to a full-field corporate tournament.