Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Panther's Run Fact Sheet
Panther's RunGolf Links
Panther's Run is the second addition to the Ocean Ridge Plantation golf complex.
Panther's Run is designed to test golfer's skills, but not break their game. With generous
landing areas and large greens, this course is designed in the traditional style using the
natural terrain of the land.
Panther's Run was designed by Tim Cate. Cate worked with the Willard Byrd
organization for seven years before going out on his own. Panther's Run is Cate's
first solo project.
Cate put his own design theories to work at Panther's Run which is reflected in the
wide, open fairways with little mounding. Most courses today have fairways
defined by mounding, but at Panther's Run, golfers will find many fairways lined
with grassy, depressed areas or water.
The front nine of the Panther's Run course opened for play in the spring of 1994. The
back nine opened October 1, 1995.
With Panther's Run, Cate carved a beautiful golf course from the natural terrain of
the land, moving little dirt. Environmentally sensitive areas have been preserved
and made a part of the course.
The 18-hole layout features rolling, wooded land with rambling brooks and ponds.
Water comes into play throughout the course, testing the golfer's ability to stay out
of or hit over the water.
Panther's Run features large, multiple tee areas giving golfers of all skill levels a fair
shot at making par. For the ladies, the course offers two sets of tees, a choice not
often available at other courses.
From the back tees, Panther's Run measures 7,086 yards with a slope of 140 and a
Other yardages, slopes and ratings are as follows: blue tees — 6,706/134/73.6; white
tees — 6,267/128/70.8; gold tees — 5,546/118/68; and red tees — 5,023/116/68.8.
Panther's Run features beautiful wooded landscape. Cart paths border a spectacular
and pristine nature preserve that is home to a wide variety of wildlife including
owls, deer, osprey, fox squirrels and wood ducks.
The thirteenth hole, a monster par four, is an example of the beauty of the course. A
lake threads across in front of the tees then runs up the right side of the fairway
crossing in front of the green.
The course is characterized by generous landing areas and large greens with subtle
Traps are strategically placed and contoured in a natural way — not severe and not
difficult to get up and down from.
The finishing hole at Panther's Run is truly a great one. Designed with the clubhouse
in the background, this par four has mounding on both sides of the fairway. This is
one of the toughest and most visually intimidating holes on the course.
Panther's Run is destined to remain one of the great courses in the Grand Strand