Nationwide Program Features Six Top 100 Layouts

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club, two of America top 100 public courses, are founding partners of The Architect’s Nine, a nationwide membership program that provides golfers special access to a collection of the nation’s best layouts.

The courses joining Caledonia and True Blue as part of the Architect’s Nine are Tobacco Road, Sweetens Cove, Wine Valley, Wild Horse, Rustic Canyon, Southern Pines and Rackham. Six of the nine courses have earned top 100 honors and there are three Mike Strantz designs, two Donald Ross layouts and a Gil Hanse/Geoff Shackelford course participating in the program.

At a rate of $210 per month, paid annually, membership at The Architect’s Nine includes greens fees, a welcome package with tee gifts, 20% discount off rack rate greens fees for guests of members, a nationwide members forum, optional participation in an annual nationwide, season-long competition, and access to members-only merchandise.

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The golf course lineup is highlighted by Caledonia, a consensus top 100 public course. The layout, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. The live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, the marshy waters of the Waccamaw Neck, and Strantz’s architectural brilliance combine to make Caledonia one of America’s premier public golf experiences.

Everything about True Blue is big – the fairways, the greens and most of all, the fun. Strantz used waste bunkers, which frame many of the course’s fairways, to craft a layout that is among the Myrtle Beach area’s most visually stunning.

Golf Magazine’s travel expert, Joe Passov, said of True Blue, “From the late, great Strantz’s sublime design to the helpful staff to the tip-top course conditions, this dramatic, watery layout remains a must play in Myrtle Beach.”

Tobacco Road (Pinehurst, NC) – Designed by Mike Strantz. Golf Course Architecture’s #50 -Top 100 in the world. Golf Digest – #71, Top 100 Public Courses, Golf – #88, Top 100 Public. Golf Magazine – #6, Best in State. Golfweek – #7 Best in State

Sweetens Cove (Greater Chattanooga, TN) – Designed by the firm of King-Collins, Golfweek listed this course at #59 on its Top 100 Modern Courses and named it the #1 Best Public Course in Tennessee. It also earned the highest average rating of all golf courses in TN, AL, MS, and LA in Tom Doak’s Confidential Guide to Golf Courses.

Wine Valley (Washington State) – Designed by Dan Hixson. Rated #3, Best in State by Golf Magazine and #3, Best Public Course in the State by Golfweek.

Wild Horse (Nebraska) – Designed by Dave Axland and Dan Proctor, Wild Horse was included at #77 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Courses, #89 on Golfweek’s Top 100 Modern Courses and the best public course in the state.

Rustic Canyon (Greater Los Angeles, CA) – Designed by Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford, this course made Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Public Courses list, was rated the 5th best public course in California by Golfweek and the #11 Best in State by Golf.

Southern Pines (Pinehurst, NC) – Designed by Donald Ross and ranked #14 Best in State by Golf, this is where the locals tell you to go play when you visit the cradle of American golf.

Rackham (Detroit, MI) – Also designed by Donald Ross.

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