Top Five Things You Should Know About Possum Trot Golf Course
Recognized as “The Friendliest Golf Course along the Grand Strand,” Possum Trot has become one of Myrtle Beach’s favorite courses to visit. Located near the beach with spacious fairways, fantastic par 5′s and holes challenging every golfer, it’s no wonder that golfers come back time and time again to play this fun course.
Here are the five top things you should know about Possum Trot Golf Course:
1. All The Holes Have Names And Some Are Great Testaments To The Hole:
- #1 Let ‘Er Fly
- #5 Gambler
- #6 Spicy
- #7 Pesky
- #8 T’aint Easy
- #11 Big Possum
- #12 Little Possum
- #13 Analysis is Paralysis
- #17 Spoiler
- #18 Oh No
To see all the great names, view the Possum Trot Golf Course yardage book.
2. There Is A Golf School Onsite
The Golf Academy at Possum Trot is a complete training center, with group or individual lessons. The facility includes a full-length driving range, a separate short-game range, an indoor range, and a 12,000 square-foot putting green.
The Golf Academy at Possum Trot has won numerous awards including being named “Best of the Beach” by Golf Digest and listed as one of Golf Magazine’s “Top Golf Schools in the U.S.” Twenty-two year PGA teaching professional, Mike Passmore’s methods are widely regarded as the simplest and most effective available for golfers of all ages, abilities and skill levels.
For more information, visit The Golf Academy at Possum Trot Golf Club.
3. Historic Ties
Found on hole #10 is the site of an old tar pit where early settlers to the Myrtle Beach area produced this component for use as sealing component for roads. The raw material of tar is the coniferous tree, usually pine. Birch is used to make particularly fine tar and it used to be much more rare than pine. Preparations for a tar pit were usually begun about five years before tar making. The lower part of the trunk of the pine trees was stripped using a barking tool, after which the trees were left standing for further three years or so to allow the resin to become concentered in the heart of the tree.
The upper part of the tree was then stripped in the same way, and it was again allowed to stand for a couple of years. Having been dried out in this way, the trees were then felled in the autumn and brought to the tar pit during the following winter to be cut into suitable lengths. These were then stacked in the bottom of the funnel-shaped pit in the summer under the direction of the “pit-master” and after that the pit was ready to start the burning. The first tar was extracted a day after the start of the burning. A trough or gully made of two hollowed-out half tree trunks bound together with supple twigs ran from the center of the pit to the tunnel at its entrance, and the tar, which dripped from this gully, was collected into barrels.
The original highway through Myrtle Beach, called the King’s Highway ran along what is now the cart path for the tenth hole. Our first president travelled this very route during his visit to the Southern States Tour in 1791. You can still see the mounds on the right side of the hole today.
4. You Can Play Possum Trot For Free
When you play all three of the Glens Group Courses (Heather Glen, Shaftesbury Glen, Glen Dornoch), you receive a free round at Possum Trot. This free round at Possum Trot also includes a free pre-booked replay with carts.
5. Some Things Never Change
From the friendliness of the staff, to the great conditions year-round, Possum Trot has not changed from the courses you may have played years ago on a prior visit to town. From its opening in 1968, the course has remained one of the most popular for golfers of all ages and abilities. Recent green renovations have kept the course conditions excellent, and its location makes it easy to find and close to the beach.
To play Possum Trot, call 888-999-9520 or book online.
Posted on July 6, 2012