Leopards Chase is the Meanest Cat on the BeachThe Author: Craig Chinn
Published: June 5th, 2009
Last Updated: April 28th, 2014
Every month the Grand Strand Golf Directors Association is invited to an area Myrtle Beach Golf Course. Yesterday we were invited to Ocean Ridge Plantation, Home to The Big Cats: Lions Paw, Panthers Run, Tigers Eye and the new Leopards Chase Golf Club. We got a chance to play the Biggest, Meanest Big Cat at Ocean Ridge Plantation, Leopards Chase Golf Club. Since opening in 2007, this par 72 championship layout was designed by golf course architect and land planner Tim Cate. Leopard’s Chase features 5 sets of tees to offer a challenge to all levels of golfers with the championship tees stretching to a formidable 7155 yards with a slope of 140 and a course rating of 74.3.
From tee to green the golf course was in excellent shape with very fast L-93 bent grass greens. Fairways are Tif Sport Bermuda grass that are lined with waste bunkers, mounds, scenic landscapes, with native grasses and preserved wetlands. The front nine holes feature the par 4 fifth hole, with its “island” green and large waste bunker that stretches 90 yards into the fairway making the front nine holes one of only three golf courses in Myrtle Beach that feature three Par 3`s on the same nine. The other two are Barefoot Resort Fazio Course and The Thistle Golf Club, another Tim Cate design.
The back nine holes makes Leopards Chase Golf Club the only golf course in Myrtle Beach area that has three Par 5`s on the same nine. The par four 18th hole which moves slightly leftward to an elevated green guarded by a man-made waterfall. Sixteen hundred gallons of water per minute cascade down a wall of coquina boulders. Yesterday this beast was DEAD INTO THE WIND!
Overall Leopards Chase is one of the Top 10 Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach. Why is it Top 10? I like to rate courses on condition, layout and views. This Big Cat course has all three. I repeat the GOLF
COURSE WAS IN EXCELLENT SHAPE, so a standing ovation goes to Golf Course Superintendent Brian Hicks. The layout was similar to other Tim Cate designs; Long, Up hill and into the wind was the theme for every shot. The views and elevation changes throughout the 220 acres of Leopards Chase Golf Club are great. This golf course will challenge the best golfers and the longest hitters, I GUARANTEE IT!
You can book Leopards Chase with your Myrtle Beach golf package.