Golfers, from Atlantic to Pacific, descend on the Hammock Coast

20 Sep

Golfers, from Atlantic to Pacific, descend on the Hammock Coast

The Hammock Coast has long attracted traveling golfers from across America, and that includes some nation’s best collegiate players. Thirty-two college golf teams – 14 men, 18 women – made the pilgrimage to Pawleys Island to compete at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club as part of the Golfweek Fall Challenge

The game’s next generation of stars discovered what traveling golfers have long known: the courses of the Hammock Coast are among the best the nation has to offer. Loyola Marymount University, located in Los Angeles, Calif., shot a staggering -47 to win the 54-hole men’s tournament at True Blue, besting Washington State University by a single stroke. 

The Los Angeles-based Loyola Marymount University men’s golf team took home a win during the Golfweek Fall Challenge in Pawleys Island. (Photo courtesy of LMU Athletics)

North Carolina Wilmington shot a 54-hole total of +10 to defeat a field of 18 teams and win the women’s title

The men’s field featured: Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Stephen F. Austin, Western Carolina, Wright State, Presbyterian College, Charleston Southern, Richmond, Loyola-Marymount, New Orleans, Washington State and Jacksonville.

The North Carolina Wilmington’s women’s golf team celebrated its Golf Week Challenge win while on the Hammock Coast. (Photo by Brandon Sans/UNCW Athletics)

The women’s field showcased: Eastern Washington, Campbell, Central Arkansas, Texas A&M Commerce, East Carolina, Jacksonville State, Stephen F. Austin, Lipscomb, Morehead State, Delaware, Florida Atlantic, Charleston Southern, Richmond, East Tennessee State, UNC Wilmington, Alabama-Birmingham, New Mexico State and Winthrop.

Both courses are in outstanding condition as the Hammock Coast heads into its peak fall season, providing golfers with sterling layouts and unforgettable experiences. 

Caledonia was legendary architect Mike Strantz’ first solo design, and it captured the attention of the golf world, earning “Best New Course in America” honors upon its 1994 opening, and its reputation has only grown. The layout plays through a stunning piece of the Lowcountry property, featuring soaring live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and the marshy waters of the Waccamaw Neck. 

True Blue, also a Strantz design, offers a contrasting, yet no less enjoyable, experience. Everything about the sprawling layout is big – the expansive fairways, gargantuan waste bunkers, undulating greens and of course, the fun. True Blue’s combination of creativity and challenge is at the heart of the layout’s popularity. 

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club was one the host courses for the Golfweek Challenge.

While Caledonia and True Blue, both of which are ranked among the nation’s top 100 resort courses, are among the Hammock Coast’s most popular layouts, they are hardly alone in delivering a memorable experience. The area is home to 12 public courses, including the Jack Nicklaus-designed Pawleys Plantation. 

Some of America’s best collegiate players have challenged themselves on the Hammock Coast and you could be next!

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