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Opened in 1927, Pine Lakes International Country Club was the very first golf course to open up in Myrtle Beach. The course has recently been remodeled and updated to keep up with modern golfing architecture but that original course is still out there, even though slight modifications have been made since 1927. With more natural water hazards in play, this is not a course for the weak at heart. Accurate shots and some creativity are required to grind your way through 18 holes at Pine Lakes. Known as “The Grandaddy,” this course offers a unique look into golf history as well as a beautiful round of golf just over half-mile from the beach.
Located in the southern tip of the Grand Strand, Pawleys Plantation originally opened as a private course back in 1988. However, after Hurricane Hugo altered some of the property, the course opened up to the public and has been widely popular since. The course winds through numerous freshwater lakes before exploding into a salt water marshland when players make the turn after the 9th hole. The 14th hole is by far the toughest on the course, although it’s a reachable par 5. At 525 yards, the hole requires a precise shot off the tee following by a long iron or a wood blasted up into the landing area shy of the green. Anything to right ends up deep in the marshland while the left is covered with sand. Getting to 15 with a par is nothing to be ashamed about. That’s just some of the challenges you’ll face at this Jack Nicklaus design.
At 6600 yards from the back tees, Pine Hills isn’t a course that’s going to challenge you vertically. However, it does challenge your ability to navigate rolling fairways that are often sloped towards the nearest rough. Knowing where to hit your shot is just as important as actually hitting a good shot here. Designed by award-winning architect Arthur Hills, the Pine Hills course is an updated version of it’s predeceasing “The Pines” course. Updated with more rolling fairways, more pristine greens, and more water hazards, this course is a quality option for those looking for a nice day on the links.
Often called the easiest of the three courses that Myrtle Beach National offers, the West course is a bit more user friendly to those looking for an enjoyable round of golf. The traditional design offers wider fairways, less clutter off the tee, and Mini Verde Bermuda greens. Much like it’s sister course in King’s North, there is very little housing viewable on course, which accentuates the natural setting. All of the pars 4’s on the course are listed under 400 yards and most of the par 5’s are easily reachable in two with a good drive off the tee.
Top 50 For Women – by Golf For Women Magazine 25 in the US for 2005. Holes 1 and 15 are featured in the book The 100 Greatest Holes along the Grand Strand, – published by The Sun News. Carved from the site of two Carolina plantations, Willbrook Plantation Golf Club is a course that noted architect Dan Maples has often called One of my best! Located on the south end of the Grand Strand, Willbrook winds its way amid a centuries-old oak forest where nature abounds. It was recently featured on the award-winning television show Nature Scene for its peaceful coexistence of golfers and nature. The par-5 15th hole, demonstrates the many challenges of the wetlands, waterways and stately oaks used in this great design.
Located across the border in Calabash, North Carolina, Meadowlands offers a bit of a country feel as you navigate your way around this windy, yet fun course. Recently lengthened to 7054 yards from the back tees, Meadowlands Golf Club forces players to use every club in their bag to shoot a low score. This course features five tee boxes for players of all skill levels to choose from and large landing areas along with rolling fairways with well-manicured bunkers to challenge players of all skill levels.
Standing on the tee of the 6th hole at King’s North, you’ll be faced with an interesting decision. Take aim at the island fairway that would allow you to reach this magnificent par 5 in two or take the safe way around and go down the regular fairway that doglegs to the left. Either way, the water will come into play on every shot on this hole. That’s part of the fun of playing at King’s North. Aggressive players will be rewarded, but get too greedy and you will be punished severely. Designed by Arnold Palmer, King’s North is one of the elite courses in Myrtle Beach and is a must play for every golfer traveling to the area.
Recently ranked #1 in the Myrtle Beach area by Golf Digest and a 41/2 star 2002, True Blue has lived up to its pre-opening hype. True Blue was also named the 4th Best New Public Upscale Course in America by Golf Digest (’98). This well manicured layout features vast fairways and incredible elevations. The rolling terrain and native vegetation of this once thriving indigo and rice plantation makes for one of the most spectacular settings in golf. True Blue is a ‘must play’ on your next visit to Myrtle Beach. Inquire about our sister course Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. * Non-metal spikes required.
With three nine-hole courses to choose from, Thistle Golf Club is built upon old Scottish golf principles. The course has a European links feel to it with ocean crosswinds often becoming a factor during Myrtle Beach’s golf season. Also, the course plays shorter than most, putting more of a strain on each player’s short game rather than booming it off the tee box. Each nine provides its own little quirks even though they each bridge together extremely well. “Cameron” is a relatively flat nine holes but sloping fairways and well placed water hazards force players to think their way around this course. “McKay” offers players a short trip to the old St. Andrews course in England. With tons of tall grass, massive sandy areas, and numerous natural hazards; this course will challenge every club in the bag. Lastly, the “Stewart” course is a bit more traditional with tight fairways and numerous water hazards.
Designed by Ray Floyd along the Intracostal Waterway, Arrowhead Country Club is a 27 hole masterpiece. Once voted as South Carolina’s Golf Course of the Year in 1998, Arrowhead has three distinct nine hole courses available to the general public. “The Cypress” is a windy, tree-lined par 36 nine hole addition that really tests accuracy more so than length as the Championship tees average about 3326 yards with the white tees playing about 200 yards less. “The Lakes” offers players scenic views with dangerous water hazards lining most every hole while playing at roughly 3300 yards from the back tees. Lastly, “The Waterway” is the shortest of the three nines playing at just over 3200 yards from the back tees.
Split into three nine-hole courses, Aberdeen Country Club might be the best “hidden gem” in all of Myrtle Beach. Located 20 minutes from the beach off highway 9, Aberdeen brings some Scottish flair to the Grand Strand golf experience. “The Meadows” course offers players rolling hills and tight fairways that will require precision if you’re going to make it back to the clubhouse at par. “The Highlands” shows Aberdeen’s Scottish roots with open fairways, deeper bunkers, and numerous blind shots that will test every golfer’s skill set. Lastly, “The Woodlands” nine offers a bit more difficult with tree-lined fairways, numerous water hazards, and difficult approach shots into well-guarded greens.
The Tradition Golf Club was elected ‘Golf Course of the Year’ by the South Carolina’s Golf Course Owners Association for 2000. Tradidtion was voted ‘Top Fairway’ for 1998 by Golf for Women and Nominated ‘Best New Public Course’ by Golf Digest in 1996. Located adjacent to the Willbrook community in Litchfield Bech, Tradition Golf Club brings to the Lowcountry a championship course that boasts the proud traditions of the great courses that stood the test of time. Amenities abound at the Tradition, form comfortable dining, to our elaborate practice facility. Come experience the serenity of the game amid unsurpassed natural beauty.
Famed architect Pete Dye maintains his reputation of building memorable-and challenging-courses with the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort. This visually stunning design is filled with Dye’s infamous pitfalls for wary shots. Working with exceptional elevations and an excellent site, this course lives up to the Dye name. Dye’s course is one of four Championship Golf Courses built concurrently at North Myrtle Beach’s 2,377 acre Barefoot Resort, and is the only one of the four to be semi-private.
A course as true as its name. The River Club in Myrtle Beach features water hazards on 15 of its 18 holes to go along with over 100 bunkers. This semi-private club features some of the best plantation style golf along the Grand Strand to go along with a finishing hole that one would expect during a US Open. The 18th is by far the most majestic hole on the course with a natural lake running the entire length of the fairway and encasing the green. A straight shot off the tee would earn you a chance at par but pull it left and a good score can be ruined in a hurry here. This Tom Jackson design requires well-placed approach shots if you want to shoot a low score.
Southcreek at Myrtle Beach National is the shortest of the three courses available to the general public. However, the lack of distance doesn’t make this course easy. With waste bunkers, long rough, and numerous water hazards tucked just out of sight, this course requires careful shot planning if you want to make it back to the clubhouse around par. The signature hole is the par 5 10th that doglegs right around a massive lake. While the water isn’t your primary fear on this hole, it’s certainly a reminder to keep the ball down the middle or just in the rough to the left. Anything to the right would lead to a disastrous outcome or an incredibly difficult second shot.
Designed with European flair, the Fazio course is one that mimics a classic British low country course with towering oaks, sandy areas, natural grasses, and scenic lakes. Off the back tee, the 18-hole course will play at a length of 6834 yards with a par of 71. Despite a tough exterior, Fazio is extremely playable for those who can keep the ball in play off the tee. Numerous bunkers and lakes surround 15 of the 18 holes but soft fairways and well-kept greens give way to numerous birdie opportunities. Even a few eagle putts are possible on Fazio’s par 5’s. If you’re looking to ditch the traditional American design and test your skills out on a links course then the Fazio course is a valued addition to your trip.
Built by former PGA professional Davis Love III, the Love Course at Barefoot’s Landing is a marvel of recent golfing architectural beauty. Designed with large landing areas, forgiving yet complex greens, and numerous scenic landmarks, the Love Course is a must for anybody looking for a fun day of golf. For those looking for a challenge, this course does tighten up off the back tees since it is a par 72 and measures at well over 7000 yards. For long hitters, the large landing areas will give them an advantage but making par on this course is all about navigating your way around the green. Designed similarly to Pinehurst #2, the host of the 2014 U.S. Open, the Love Course will challenge every player with difficult second shots and hard-breaking putts.
Designed by famous golf architect Pete Dye and son PB Dye, Prestwick is a scenic course full of risk-reward opportunities sure to please every golfer. Natural lakes serve as ultimate hazards on this course but man-made rolling dunes and native pine trees offer serine views to every player on the course. This course requires patience and a steady hand if players want to go low on their scorecards. Otherwise, the hazards guarding these greens and landing areas can eat up a lot of players. Dense forests, scenic views, pristine greens, and excellent hospitality keep players coming back to Prestwick again and again. It’s no surprise that this course was named one of the “Five Best Kept Secrets in America” by Golf Digest.
With the Championship tees exceeding 7000 yards, the Norman Course at the Barefoot complex is one of the longest courses along the Grand Strand. Designed with the game of Greg Norman in mind, each player will have multiple opportunities to use Norman’s signature ‘bump-n-run’ shot around these undulated greens. There are seven holes that run along the Intracoastal Waterway giving players spectacular views as they attempt to sink a crucial birdie putt. Often described as a desert course without the desert, the Norman Course serves up a little bit of Australian flavor to every player who golfs here.
As the only golf course along the Grand Strand designed by Gary Player, Blackmoor is a unique beast. With sloped fairways and undulated Bermuda grass greens, this course will challenge every golfer who attempts to tame it with a multitude of risk-reward opportunities. The par 4 8th hole is a perfect example of that. Measuring in at 370 yards from the back tees, the hole will play 270 or less straight off the tee box. However, aiming straight for the green provides the player with no margin of error. Of course, a fairway doglegs right giving the player the option of going for it in one or laying up and hitting a 9-iron into the green for a birdie opportunity. Those types of decisions will either leave you scratching your head or celebrating when you get back to the clubhouse.
Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the Grande Dunes Resort Course was recently named the “National Golf Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association of America. This club features an 18 hole, par 71 course that measures 5,000 to 7,048 yards depending upon which tees are used, an expansive practice range, and two putting greens. Built on a high bluff, this course gives players exceptional views of the Intracoastal Waterway while also challenging players with varying levels of terrain. With pristine Bermuda grass fairways and Championship Bermuda covered greens, Grande Dunes Resort Course is a must play on every trip to Myrtle Beach.
Built with some southern charm, Litchfield Country Club is not dissimilar from some golf clubs you would play down in Georgia or Alabama. The course itself was built in 1966 on the site of an old rice plantation. Willard Byrd designed this course to challenge golfers of all levels. With several upgrades since that inaugural round, the course continues to challenge every golfer that tees it up here. The signature hole is clearly the par 4 18th that forces players to navigate a tight dog-leg right to avoid a massive water hazard just off the fairway to the left. With tight tree-lined fairways, this course rewards accurate players more so than length, especially since the course only plays at just over 6600 yards.
Originally constructed in 1948, the Dunes Club of Myrtle Beach has a proud history of hosting numerous PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour, and Champions Tour events throughout the years. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, this masterpiece concludes after 7100 of the toughest yards you’ll ever play. That includes the 590 yard 13th, which is listed as the toughest hole on the golf course. With scenic views, coastal winds, and several holes that run along the ocean, there are numerous reasons why the Dunes should be at the top of your Myrtle Beach golfing wish list.
Constructed in 1990 by Ken Tomlinson, who was Arnold Palmer’s understudy, Tidewater Country Club proudly provides Championship golf at its finest. Located on a peninsula between Cherry Grove and the Intracoastal Waterway, this course provides plenty of scenic views of salted marshland and natural lakes as you wind through this impressive 18-hole beauty. With the back tees playing at 7044 yards, this course offers plenty of length for longer-hitters. However, if you’re not a power hitter, the course can be shortened by choosing any of Tidewaters five tee boxes.
One of the reasons Arcadian Shores is beloved by so many golfers is the way both 9’s start. The 1st and 10th holes are both par 5’s that are accessible to longer hitters.
Perhaps the most fun hole to play at Arcadian Shores is the par 4 13th, which features a large waterway that separates the fairway from the green. The 408 yard hole is regarded as the toughest holes on the course but with no fairway bunks to worry about, the 2nd shot really will decide your fate on this hole.
Overall, Arcadian Shores is 6,857 yards of a classic Rees Jones design with a lot of give and take. There are several holes that are easy birdie opportunities and there are several holes where making par will be a challenge.
Golf Digest calls it one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” but you can call it Caledonia. Built on the land of an old rice plantation, this is a course that is certainly designed to take your breath away. The course itself isn’t overly long at a shade over 6500 yards from the back tees. But, don’t let the distance fool you, this is a tough challenge. The signature hole is the par 4 16th that requires a well placed tee shot and a dangerous mid-iron shot over a significantly sized water hazard just to think about making par. However, birdie holes are plentiful, which is why Caledonia is one of the best values along the Grand Strand.
While other course focus on tight fairways, lengthy holes, or water hazards, Long Bay Golf Club focuses on the green. Built based on a signature design by the ‘Golden Bear’ himself Jack Nicklaus, Long Bay has more than 12 greens that have three different tiers. Getting it to the green is important too and Long Bay offers plenty of challenges for the casual golfer include an island hole on the back nine. The par 3 13th only plays at 156 from the back tees but the small target makes this a difficult hole for the casual golfer. However, if you get it on the green you’ll have a great opportunity at birdie. Lengthy drives aren’t necessary here, which makes this a perfect course to play on vacation. Keep the driver in the bag and use low irons off the tee to help lower your score.
A former rice plantation provides the setting for this championship layout by Clyde Johnston. Carved out of gently rolling terrain, the heavily wooded course offers five sets of tees to challenge golfers of all abilities. A hint of Scottish design, accented with fresh-water wetlands and lakes, makes this distinctive course a unique and enjoyable experience.
Due to the flat coastal property that most Myrtle Beach golf courses are built on, finding a course with an above-average amount of undulating terrain is rare. Thankfully, that’s the most exquisite feature of the River Hills Golf Club. Forget the numerous water hazards lining the course, the numerous sand bunkers, and lightening fast greens; the true beauty of this course is how well it manages the elevation changes. Obviously, this isn’t a mountain course but the River Hills offers players plenty of scenic views while resisting to pigeon hole itself as a beach course. River Hills truly offers each player an unbeatable combination of terrific golf and southern hospitality.
Designed by Tom Fazio, the TPC of Myrtle Beach provides a unique opportunity to players to experience a real tour caliber course. Unleash your inner Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson as you play the only course in Myrtle Beach to receive a five star rating by Golf Digest. Enjoy perfectly groomed fairways and pristine greens just as you would expect from a course on the PGA tour. If you’re looking for a true test for your game, TPC of Myrtle Beach is the place to go.
Designed as a signature course by the team of Jeff Brauer and Larry Nelson, the Avocet presents creative contouring, elevated tees and greens, double fairways, grass bunkers and even a double green serving two holes. The Avocet was recognized by Golf Digest as a ‘1994 Top 10 Best New Courses in America’ as well as being consistently rated in Places to Play as a 4-Star Award Winner beginning in 1996. Links honored the Avocet as ‘1996 Top 30 in Myrtle Beach’ while Golf Week ranked it as #6 in South Carolina in their 1995 America’s Best Golf Courses.
Home to beautifully contoured fairways, well-manicured sand traps, and numerous water hazards, Myrtlewood Palmetto is one of the best golf options for those looking to stay in the heart of Myrtle Beach. With the Intracoastal Waterway as a backdrop, this course offers a traditional design with plenty of opportunities to go low on your scorecard. Similar to the TPC at Sawgrass, the Palmetto Course will cause players to use a variety of shots with every hole being vastly different than the last. At 7000 yards from the back tees, length isn’t overly important here but there are several holes that require players drive off the tee in order to set up a par opportunity. Located close to Broadway at the Beach, the Palmetto Course keeps you in town and offers a great 18 hole experience.
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