Writer Jason Scott Deegan noted the “playability factor” of Maples-designed courses and spoke with men and women who enjoyed a number of them, including The Witch Golf Club (Conway, S.C.), Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club (Sunset Beach, N.C.), The Pearl’s East and West Courses (Calabash, N.C.) and many more.
Deegan wrote, “Golf Digest ranks seven courses by Maples among its top 60 along the Grand Strand, which is more than any other architect.
“‘We try to play as many Maples courses as we can,’ Glen Sible said just minutes after finishing a recent round at The Witch Golf Club, just minutes from Myrtle Beach. ‘They are always nice. If you hit a good shot, you are rewarded.”’
“Beth Sible said Maples courses are always women friendly, the critical component that allows the couple to enjoy playing together.
“‘I like that you didn’t feel over your head [playing the Witch],’ she said. ‘I appreciated that. I am a pretty green golfer. We really enjoyed this course. We will come back again because we like it a lot.’
“Richard Kascsak, the assistant general manager at Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club in Sunset Beach, N.C., credits Maples for making his 27-hole course so friendly and fun. Sandpiper Bay was named the 2010 course of the year by the Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association after finishing a major three-year renovation that made a number of cosmetic changes, including new MiniVerde Bermuda grass greens.”
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