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 Beach.

But during the 1970s and '80s, the Grand Strand underwent a transformation that saw courses spring up and spread like kudzu. The explosion of supply assures that middle-class visitors can pack their clubs and play for a fraction of what it costs to join or guest at a private club. Scratch golfers and weekend hacks alike can find a layout that suits their skill level.

The 1990s and 2000s may have seen the numbers of new courses decline, but some of the best designs on the Grand Strand have opened over the past two decades, including the TPC Myrtle Beach, the Grande Dunes, Barefoot Resort and Rivers Edge.

North Myrtle Beach
Tidewater Golf Club
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As the third of more than 100 courses to open on the Grand Strand, Tidewater is a historic treasure. Designed by Ken Tomlinson, a native South Carolinian, Tidewater pays homage to the courses of the early 20th century – that is to say, his...  Read More



Ocean Ridge Plantation offers golf so good that it makes the 30-minute drive up Highway 17 seem well worth the effort. Designed by Willard Byrd, Lion's Paw appeals to all skill levels with its forgiving fairways and contoured greens. One of two...  Read More



After playing a few holes at the Heritage Club, you may just find yourself wishing that you'd brought your camera instead of your driver. Constructed on tracts that once made up the True Blue and Midway Plantations, this exquisite course enjoys...  Read More

Rivers Edge Golf Club


An Arnold Palmer signature course, Rivers Edge sits on the banks of the Shallotte River and offers an outstanding arsenal of breathtaking views and championship-caliber holes. Six fairways stretch across bluffs that overlook the river as it...  Read More

Grand Dunes: The Resort Course
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Enjoy all the modern conveniences of golf as well as two excellent courses at the Grande Dunes. Laid out along the Intracoastal Waterway, the attractive Resort Course appeals to golfers of all skill levels. Designed by Roger Rulewich, the course...  Read More



Widely regarded as one of the Strand's - even one of South Carolina's - top golf courses, True Blue features wide, immaculate fairways, rolling terrain and an abundance of beauty that also serves as potential trouble. Wetlands and woodlands...  Read More

TPC Myrtle Beach


Untamed wetlands and rugged pine forests characterize this scenic course, designed by the legendary Tom Fazio. Indeed, Fazio's aim was to create a course that would not take away from the features of the landscape, and each fairway seems to...  Read More

Barefoot Golf Resort
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Featuring four outstanding courses, the Barefoot Resort is truly a destination unto itself, especially for golfers. The Norman Course features striking holes along the Intracoastal Waterway and takes full advantage of the natural landscape. The...  Read More



Exoerience championship golf in a Lowcountry setting at this former rice plantation that has been converted into a golf masterpiece. Now for presenting golfers with a stiff challenge in a beautiful setting, Caledonia is as prestigious a public...  Read More



A Robert Trent Jones signature course (he oversaw its renovation in the 1970s and early '90s), The Dunes was completed in 1948 and stands today as one of the Strand's most respected – even revered – golf clubs. One of the course's most...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry