Opened in 1966 as one of the initial eight courses built on the Grand Strand and the 1st course in the Pawleys Island/Litchfield area, the course is the flagship of the historic plantation courses. Litchfield Country Club’s continuing popularity has more than supported its longevity. The Willard Byrd’s original design, one applicable to the well-rounded, won’t beat up most players. It also isn’t crafted toward the big hitters, measuring at less than 6,700 yards from the back tees. That’s how the golf course opened in the 1960s, and that’s how it remains nearly 50 years later. The dogleg-happy round includes significant bends on at least eight different holes, forcing players to make the most of their tee and second shots. After that, forgiving approach zones open up the possibility of bump-and-run golf and negating many of the issues associated with small greens.