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Course Amenities
  • Lion's Paw/Panther's Run Grand Clubhouse
  • "Big Cats" Pro Golf Shoppe
  • Tamers Restaurant & Lounge
  • Many elevation changes
  • Picturesque and challenging
  • Beautiful layout

Ocean Ridge Plantation Golf:
Lion's Paw Golf Links

351 Ocean Ridge Parkway SW
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

Lion's Paw Golf Links, a course that offers some of the most picturesque and challenging golf holes in the Myrtle Beach, SC and southern North Carolina area, was designed by Willard C. Byrd and built with Bent-grass greens and undulating fairways. The holes at Lion's Paw are distinguished by towering hardwood trees, contoured greens, amazing water shots and mounds of white sand that mark deep bunkers and high embankments.

Described by many as William Byrd's finest work, Lion's Paw is a magnificent course located within the Ocean Ridge Plantation complex. The open, hilly course gives golfers beautiful views of the beautiful creek valley and its adjoining wetlands surrounding Lion's Paw.

Consisting of 18 challenging holes, Lion's Paw offers multiple tee areas for golfers of all skill levels. Water comes into play on 15 of the 18 holes, and wetland views can be seen from many holes as well. Many elevation changes are apparent on this course, which offers a beautiful layout with oyster shells lining the lakes and creeks that flow across many of the fairways.

While golfers play at Lion's Paw Golf Links, they can stop in the Lion's Paw/Panther's Run Grand Clubhouse and enjoy what the facility has to offer. Whether stopping into the "Big Cats" Pro Golf Shoppe for some necessary equipment or apparel or enjoying a meal or drink in Tamers Restaurant and Lounge with golfing buddies, the clubhouse is enjoyed by all who visit.

Hole Information
  • Hole 1
    • Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 3; Ladies Handicap: 9
    • Yardage - Blue: 417; Yardage - White: 387; Yardage - Gold: 351; Yardage - Red: 335
    • This dog leg left par 4 opening hole requires an accurate drive placed in the right center of the fairway. This leaves a short iron approach shot to a long narrow green protected by mounds on the left and a bunker on the right.
  • Hole 2
    • Par: 5; Men's Handicap: 17; Ladies Handicap: 7
    • Yardage - Blue: 517; Yardage - White: 477; Yardage - Gold: 433; Yardage - Red: 416
    • This first of 2 par 5s on the outward nine can be reached in two with an accurately placed drive down the left center of the fairway. If not warmed up enough to go for the green and avoid the marsh on the right, the safe play is to layup right center of the fairway, avoiding the bunker and leaving a short iron approach to this green that slopes dramatically to the right.
  • Hole 3
    • Par: 3; Men's Handicap: 7; Ladies Handicap: 11
    • Yardage - Blue: 204; Yardage - White: 178; Yardage - Gold: 123; Yardage - Red: 108
    • This picturesque par 3, which is also the signature hole, requires a long lofted shot over the water in order to keep the ball on this narrow, severely sloped and bunker protected putting surface. The key here, is don't be short off the tee, but don't be way long either.
  • Hole 4
    • Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 1; Ladies Handicap: 3
    • Yardage - Blue: 428; Yardage - White: 385; Yardage - Gold: 361; Yardage - Red: 326
    • A well-placed drive down the left center of the fairway, avoiding the bunker and the water on the right is the key to a great start on this number 1 handicap hole. On your approach shot, avoid the bunker on the left and the water on the right, and you are on your way to taming this beast.
  • Hole 5
    • Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 5; Ladies Handicap: 1
    • Yardage - Blue: 415; Yardage - White: 399; Yardage - Gold: 366; Yardage - Red: 353
    • This demanding dog leg right par 4 plays much more difficult than its #5 handicap rating, if your drive strays to the left. Keep your drive in the right center of this fairway, avoiding the massive bunker on the right, and you are left with a mid-iron approach to this large, back to front sloping green.
  • Hole 6
    • Par: 3; Men's Handicap: 9; Ladies Handicap: 17
    • Yardage - Blue: 228; Yardage - White: 175; Yardage - Gold: 136; Yardage - Red: 125
    • With water in front and bunkers protecting the green, club selection becomes a prime factor in this challenging par 3. A safe tee shot to the center of the green takes most of the trouble out of the play and is the key to avoiding the dreaded three putt.
  • Hole 7
    • Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 11; Ladies Handicap: 5
    • Yardage - Blue: 402; Yardage - White: 364; Yardage - Gold: 332; Yardage - Red: 303
    • Keeping your drive in the fairway by avoiding the bunkers to the right and the water on the left is essential on this most forgiving par 4 on the outward 9. With this green slightly elevated, the approach shot plays a little longer than the yardage indicates.
  • Hole 8
    • Par: 5; Men's Handicap: 15; Ladies Handicap: 13
    • Yardage - Blue: 520; Yardage - White: 495; Yardage - Gold: 478; Yardage - Red: 455
    • This dog leg right par 5 requires a straightaway drive that eludes the 3 fairway bunkers on the right. A long, well-placed drive may enable the long hitter to try for this green in 2, but the safe shot is to place your layup between the two fairway bunkers in the landing area. From here, a short iron approach to an elevated two-tiered green requires deadly accuracy.
  • Hole 9
    • Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 13; Ladies Handicap: 15
    • Yardage - Blue: 386; Yardage - White: 352; Yardage - Gold: 336; Yardage - Red: 305
    • The outward nine closes with this classic dog leg left par 4. A drive down the right center of the fairway, escaping the bunkers on the left, leaves you a short iron approach. An accurate second shot is essential into this large, 2-level green.
  • Hole 10
    • Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 6; Ladies Handicap: 2
    • Yardage - Blue: 400; Yardage - White: 475; Yardage - Gold: 349; Yardage - Red: 307
    • This challenging par 4 requires an accurately placed tee shot between the creek on the right and the bunker on the left. The uphill approach shot to the well-bunkered elevated green usually requires more club than the yardage indicates.
  • Hole 11
    • Par: 3; Men's Handicap: 8; Ladies Handicap: 18
    • Yardage - Blue: 202; Yardage - White: 188; Yardage - Gold: 172; Yardage - Red: 110
    • Another excellent par 3. A well-placed tee shot is never safe on this well-bunkered green that slopes severely to the left.
  • Hole 12
    • Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 10; Ladies Handicap: 10
    • Yardage - Blue: 383; Yardage - White: 372; Yardage - Gold: 322; Yardage - Red: 300
    • Avoiding the creek on the left and the bunkers on the right with your tee shot is a great start on this scenic par 4. The approach shot to the long and narrow well-protected green requires supreme accuracy. Missing the green will require a delicate pitch or sand shot.
  • Hole 13
    • Par: 5; Men's Handicap: 18; Ladies Handicap: 8
    • Yardage - Blue: 527; Yardage - White: 493; Yardage - Gold: 431; Yardage - Red: 413
    • This par 5 is reachable in 2 for long hitters, when avoiding the mounds on the left and the bunkers on the right off the tee. Laying up offers two choices. Clearing the creek 145 yards from the green leaves you with a short iron approach. Or, staying behind the creek may require a mid iron approach. Nevertheless, the approach shot is to a large, somewhat level green.
  • Hole 14
    • Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 4; Ladies Handicap: 6
    • Yardage - Blue: 418; Yardage - White: 396; Yardage - Gold: 393; Yardage - Red: 328
    • This tough dog leg left par 4 invites a center cut drive placed between two fairway bunkers. The approach shot can require anything from a short iron to a long iron. The green, severely contoured from back to front, is a challenge for any level of golfer.
  • Hole 15
    • Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 2; Ladies Handicap: 4
    • Yardage - Blue: 445; Yardage - White: 408; Yardage - Gold: 382; Yardage - Red: 366
    • This par 4, the longest at Lion's Paw, requires a lengthy drive that escapes both the bunkers on the left and the mounds on the right. A mid to long iron approach to an elevated, well-bunkered green, requires even the best golfers to use their game management skills.
  • Hole 16
    • Par: 4; Men's Handicap: 16; Ladies Handicap: 14
    • Yardage - Blue: 384; Yardage - White: 353; Yardage - Gold: 319; Yardage - Red: 286
    • This par 4, the most forgiving on the inward 9, leaves a short-iron approach to a right to left sloping green. Make sure to avoid the bunkers to the right off the tee.
  • Hole 17
    • Par: 3; Men's Handicap: 14; Ladies Handicap: 16
    • Yardage - Blue: 185; Yardage - White: 154; Yardage - Gold: 131; Yardage - Red: 121
    • Although the shortest of the par 3s, par is not an easy score. An accurate tee shot is still needed to allude the bunker and the mounds that protect this green. A tee ball that strays too far off the line in any direction brings water into play.
  • Hole 18
    • Par: 5; Men's Handicap: 12; Ladies Handicap: 12
    • Yardage - Blue: 554; Yardage - White: 506; Yardage - Gold: 457; Yardage - Red: 406
    • This inward nine closes with this classic par 5, rarely reachable in 2. The key here is to play this hole as a true, 3-shot par 5, down the middle off the tee, laying up to the right of the fairway bunkers and short of the greenside pond, and finally, onto the green.

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