If you’re in the mood for a game of golf, Myrtle Beach offers more than enough options to satisfy your cravings. With dramatic holes, challenging obstacles, and some of the most breathtaking views around, a game on one of its many courses demands not only your ‘A’ game, but your camera too. Get the low down on which courses are guaranteed to please with our rundown of the top 10 golf courses in Myrtle Beach.
10. Myrtle Beach National
Described by Golf Advisor as having one of the toughest openers around, you’ll need to bring your accuracy (and plenty of balls) to your play at the world-class Myrtle Beach National.
9. Rivers Edge Golf Club
As a signature Arnold Palmer course, Rivers Edge Golf Club is a winning combination of masterful landscapes, challenging holes, and vast fairways. A dramatic, fun-filled game is guaranteed, as are some of the most drop-dead gorgeous views you’ll find on any golf course in South Carolina.
8. Grande Dunes
With two modern, well-laid-out courses, Grande Dunes guarantees a great golfing experience for all ages and skill levels. Its Resort Course has several exquisitely challenging holes, while the Member Course offers a classic par 71 courses set against a stunning landscape of woodlands and marshes. If you need a helping hand with your swing, be sure to take advantage of the practice opportunities presented by the club’s excellent golf academy.
7. True Blue Plantation
As popular with locals as it is with visitors, True Blue Plantation’s stunning landscapes belie a course of dramatic holes and challenging, strategically positioned obstacles. Built on a former indigo plantation, the course is a masterpiece of huge fairways and rolling greens; its 18-acre practice facility, well-stocked pro shop and relaxing grill room complete what’s unquestionably one of the best golfing experiences in South Carolina.
6. The Heritage Club
As one of the most stunning golf courses in Myrtle Beach, guests of the Heritage Club are just as likely to be seen with a camera in their hand as they are a golf club. Giant magnolias, majestic oaks, and sparking lakes litter the landscape, acting as a momentary reprieve to what’s otherwise one of the area’s toughest courses. Designed by Tom Doak, the par 71 course has been created in the image of British link courses such as St Andrews, Lahinch, and Cruden Bay. The strategically placed bunkers and deep rough guarantee a challenging game, while the stunning surrounds will delight even those with only the vaguest interest in the game. Among its many awards include “Best Public Access Courses You Can Play In South Carolina” (South Carolina Golf Ratings Panel, 2009), “America’s Top Golf Courses” (Zagat Survey, 2003 & 2009), and “South Carolina Best Courses Near You #12” (Golf Magazine, 2008). If you want a piece of that award-winning action for yourself, you can for just $80 in off-peak and $87 in peak.
5. TPC Myrtle Beach
If you want to enjoy the delights of a golf course that was chosen to host the Senior PGA Tour Championship in 2000, pack up your golf bag and head over to TPC Myrtle Beach. The uniquely challenging course is guaranteed to keep even the most avid golfer on their toes, with 70 strategically placed bunkers and numerous natural hazards all expertly incorporated into the otherwise stunning fairways.
4. Tidewater Golf Club
The historic Tidewater Golf Club was designed by South Carolina native Ken Tomlinson in homage to the golf courses of the early 20th century. A quick glance at the extensive list of awards it’s managed to rack up over the last few decades tells you just how successful he was in his mission: regularly ranked as one of America’s top 100 Great Public Courses by Golf Digest, it’s also a regular fixture on roundups of the top 10 courses in South Carolina. Pay it a visit and you’ll quickly discover why it’s one of the most popular clubs in the area.
3. Barefoot Golf Course
With four stunningly designed courses (Norman, Love, Fazio, and Dye, each named after the architect that created them) putting the beauty of the surrounding area on full display, Barefoot Golf Course has one of the most breathtaking settings of any golf courses in South Carolina. Ranked #1 “Top 50 Courses of Myrtle Beach”, the site was even chosen to feature on the Golf Channel’s hit TV show “BIG BREAK Myrtle Beach”. Regardless of whether you choose to visit for the day or prefer to take advantage of one of its popular “Stay and Play” packages, a great game of golf is guaranteed
2. Dunes Golf and Beach Club
Designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Dunes Golf and Beach Club is the crown jewel of Myrtle Beach’s numerous golf courses. One of its most unique features is the descriptive name given to each hole, designed to give golfers a good idea of what to expect before they tee off. Hole number 13, the aptly named Waterloo, is considered the course’s signature hole, and is famous in golfing circles as one of the greatest golf holes in the world. The course enjoyed a revamp in 2013 under the direction of Trent Jones’ son, “The Open Doctor” Rees Jones, who was clearly more than thrilled with the opportunity to walk in his father’s footsteps. "The golf course my father, Robert Trent Jones, created for the Dunes Club in 1948 is one of his true masterpieces. It is a challenging championship course designed on ideal land for golf; sandy, rolling terrain along the ocean with magnificent trees framing the fairways. It has been one of the highlights of my career to have had the opportunity to restore and enhance the original design intent. The course is now positioned for play by today's golfers," he enthused.
1. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
What was once a rice plantation is now Myrtle Beach’s most prestigious public golf course. Flanked by some of the best scenery in the area, the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club has won numerous awards (including ranking #1 on both "Matt Ginella’s Top 50 Public Courses" and Golf Digest’s "Best Golf Courses in South Carolina") for its service, its design, and its location…. 5 minutes into a round, and it’s easy to see why. Even the most experienced golfer will find the course a challenge, with strategically placed bunkers and sand traps expertly laid out to keep players on their toes at all times. To round off the experience, guests can finish their day by relaxing at the charming antebellum-styled clubhouse, or even take in a spot of fishing.
Written by Liz Flynn
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