Pawleys Plantation has several interesting holes as you head east toward
the ocean on the back nine. The front nine plays around tall Carolina pines,
condos and houses. The front nine lulls you to sleep and the first 3 holes
on the backside start to get your attention. Then you get to hole # 13. The
NUMBER 13 is well represented by this hole. In your cart, you drive off the
mainland onto a very narrow causeway about 14 feet wide. Marshes and
lakes surround you and the next sliver of a piece of land ahead of you is
the green. There is enough land on the causeway for your cart and an
elevated tee box which is about 8 feet wide and 30 feet long. As you go
up the stairs to the tee box you get your first look at the work at hand.
145 feet away across the marsh is a little sliver of land where a very small
piece of land has an elevated green about 8 feet above the marsh. The
sides of the green are wood pilings. As you look out over the marsh you
see a multitude of colors... white balls, orange balls, sweetie pink balls and
plenty of fiddler crabs. Davey Jones locker for sure.
Then you feel the ocean breeze in your face...usually 15 to 25 m.p.h. Now
you've got to judge the length, the breeze and the trajectory of your shot.
You've got a very very small piece of land to hit and you have got to stop
your shot quickly or you will hit the green and bounce into the drink.
9 of 10 players will be in Davey Jones locker with the fiddler crabs. At low
tide you might even restock your bag when you crawl down the embankment
to the hoard of crabs and balls. If you are lucky enough to hit and stay on the
green ... you can look back at that sliver of land you just crossed and marvel
at the skill you used to get where you are at. A birdie is possible as the green
is very small and you won't have to putt very far. You'll remember this hole for
years to come.. just say the # 13 and a vivid memory will occur.