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.