“A visually intimidating course designed by architect Tom Jackson, River Hills Golf Course is easier to play than it looks. Course architect Tom Jackson describes his Myrtle Beach golf course creation: “Modern in concept, yet traditional in nature, River Hills is a pleasing blend of old and new design ideas unlike any other course at the beach.”
What makes the River Hills course like no other is that it is peppered with non-parallel fairways, rolling hills, and frequent 40-foot elevation changes. It is also unique in the sense that it has only one set of parallel holes: # 1 and # 10. You play out nine and play back in, ending at the clubhouse at the end of each nine. The 17th hole is considered the signature hole, with its double dog-leg par 5 and two water carries.
According to the 1999 Sun News publication The 100 Greatest Holes along the Grand Strand, River Hills boasts one of the most unique challenges at hole #14. Water runs along the left side of the fairway of this par 4 hole, preventing shortcuts. The more you try to cut off, the tighter the fairway gets. The green is situated behind a lake and slopes toward the water.” – River Hills Golf Club