Myrtle Beach a Golf Paradise for Top Pros and Average Joes
What started as a golf destination for the rich and famous has been transformed into a place where the common man can play championship-caliber golf at a reasonable price. With more than 100 courses on the Grand Strand, the Myrtle Beach golf industry offers something for everyone, regardless of handicap.
The first golf course in Myrtle Beach, Pine Lakes International, was founded in 1927 as a private club for visitors staying at the nearby Ocean Forest Hotel, the first major resort on the Grand Strand. Then came the historic Dunes Club, which has since become semi-private and is still considered the premiere layout in Myrtle... Read more »
The Dunes Club is the crown jewel of Myrtle Beach golf.
Local Expert Tip: "This course is very popular so tee times can be hard to come by in the busy spring and fall seasons. Make reservations early."
Caledonia is worth the visit even if you don't play golf.
Local Expert Tip: "The clubhouse is a great place to spend some time unwinding after your round and taking in the scenic beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Also pack a fishing pole and do a little casting after your round."
All four Barefoot courses are outstanding, but if you can only play one, make it the Love course.
Local Expert Tip: "Nearby Barefoot Plantation is a great place to go to dinner after your round, or to let the wife and kids go shopping while you sneak off for a round."
From a technical standpoint, the TPC Myrtle Beach may be the biggest challenge on the Grand Strand.
Local Expert Tip: "This course was host to the 2000 Senior PGA Tour Championship, won by legendary golfer Tom Watson. Check out the clubhouse walls to read about the course's rich history."
Nature and history lovers will enjoy a scenic stroll around True Blue.
Local Expert Tip: "Built on a former rice plantation, playing this course is a lot like a history lesson and sight-seeing tour all in one, so make sure you bring a camera."
The Grande Dunes brings upscale to the golf course.
Local Expert Tip: "Guests who stay at the Grande Dunes Marriott or the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes receive special discounts to play this respected course."
The legendary Arnold Palmer called Rivers Edge one of the best he's ever played or built.
Local Expert Tip: "This course is about 30 miles north of downtown Myrtle Beach and busy Highway 17 is the only route, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of travel time. You'll need it to warm up before taking this challenge."
Heritage Club is a cornerstone of the historic Waccamaw Golf Trail.
Local Expert Tip: "This is one of several top choices located in Pawleys Island, so you may want to play two rounds to make the trip complete."
Ocean Ridge offers world-class golf in an off-the-beaten-path setting.
Local Expert Tip: "With five courses in one location, golfers may want to make a day of it and book morning and afternoon tee times. You won't be disappointed."
Tidewater offers visitors a true taste of the history of golf on the Grand Strand.
Local Expert Tip: "Technically a semi-private club, public tee times are highly sought after. Make sure you book this one early."
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