The first Big Cat to roar at Ocean Ridge Plantation was Lion’s Paw, which launched the four-course facility when it opened in 1991. A 4-star course, according to Golf Digest’s “Best Place to Play” guide, Lion’s Paw remains a Myrtle Beach golf vacation favorite.
The layout was a co-design between Willard Byrd and Tim Cate, who went on to design the other three courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation. Lion’s Paw recently enjoyed a successful conversion to MiniVerde Bermuda grass greens, upgrading an already strong set of greens complexes.
If Lion’s Paw is part of the itinerary on your next beach golf vacation, what do you need to do score well? Find the fairway and the par 4s are manageable, take advantage of the par 5s, only one of which plays longer than 495 yards from the white tees, and hold on during the par 3s, which all require players to deal with water.
The course’s natural beauty is enhanced by an abundance of wildlife, including a bald eagle that lives along the third hole. The native wildlife is complemented by wetlands, swamp land and pine forest, creating plenty of memorable visuals on a course that has long been popular among savvy Myrtle Beach golf vacationers.