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The new year has brought exciting new changes to one Grand Strand golf course!

As of January 1st, The Pearl Golf Links in Calabash, NC, has been converted into a 27-hole layout divided into three unique nines: The East Nine; the North Nine; and the West Nine.

Designed in 1986 by the legendary course architect, Dan Maples, the original design featured two distinct 18-hole courses: The Pearl East and The Pearl West.

With the new design, golfers will now have the opportunity to play on any of three unique combinations of 18-holes on a rotating basis.

The Pearl East 18 plays to a Par-71 and features breathtaking views of the surrounding Marshland. Lush fairways wind their way through towering trees and verdant marshlands, leading up to elevated greens surrounded by strategic bunkers.

The Pearl North 18 plays to a Par-72 and offers the perfect balance of both challenge and enjoyment. Forgiving fairways flanked by massive Carolina Pines lead to undulating greens guarded by numerous well-placed bunkers.

The Pearl West 18 is a fun, albeit challenging, Par-73 guaranteed to test the mettle of even the most seasoned golfer. The course combines segments of both the old Pearl East and Pearl West, with six holes directly on the scenic Calabash River. Strategic water hazards add both beauty and danger to the course, while undulating greens perfectly evoke the rolling heaths of Scotland.

In addition to the new 27-hole layout, each of The Pearl’s greens has been refurbished with sustainable MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermuda Grass. These recent upgrades follow a series of upgrades made to the course in 2019, including improvements to both tee boxes and course drainage, as well as strategic tree removal to allow for improved natural views of the surrounding marshlands and river.

Odell D. Williamson Jr, The Pearl’s new General Manager, said, “We really wanted to get this golf course back to where it used to be, to where we believe it should be. We love this course. This course is very near and dear to our hearts.”

Interested in experiencing The Pearl Golf Links’ new layout for yourself? Get the most out you’re your next Myrtle Beach golf trip when you book your tee time as part of a custom golf package from the Myrtle Beach Golf Authority.  Each of our golf packages includes playing time at the Grand Strand's most popular golf courses, as well as luxurious accommodations provided by our sister company—Elliott Beach Rentals. Give us a call or shoot us an email to book yours today. Our friendly staff of local golf experts is ready and waiting to help you with all your golfing needs.

Keep Calm and Golf On Carolina!