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An introduction to golf in Myrtle Beach


Myrtle Beach has more golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the USA and arguably the best variety. Along this 60-mile stretch of coastline called the ‘Grand Strand’ you’ll be amazed at how every course has its own distinct feel. Not only does the landscape dramatically change from north to south, but different styles of course are incorporated along the stretch. You will play heathland, desert and even links courses all with spectacular coastal views. Myrtle Beach is a dream golf tour with some of the most respected courses in the world. Be inspired by our selection of the best nine courses in the area. This really is golf at its best, like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. 

Resort Course at Grande Dunes

Golf at Grande Dunes is perfectly refined, an inclusive experience of both 5* golf and wonderful service. Tee off onto the expansive Bermuda-grass fairways, second and third approach shots onto the large champion style greens, but don’t be fooled by their size, you must hit a small target to avoid being carried away by the contours and undulations. An extremely enjoyable course that plays right alongside the estuary that will taunt you with danger.

Kings North Course at Myrtle Beach National

Recognised among the USA’s best new courses, Kings North is one of the most highly decorated. It was re-designed by Arnold Palmer in 1996 and definitely has his special touch. The signature hole, number 6, features a tempting island fairway to the left of the tee box. If you manage the long tee shot over the water to the back part of the fairway you will be on the green in two and have a look at eagle. Risky but it offers so much reward, playing safe across the normal fairway most golfers will make par at best. A stunning course with lush green fairways that contrast with the deep blue lagoons found on most holes.

TPC Myrtle Beach

Experience what it’s like to play on a real PGA Tour layout. This course successfully held a Senior PGA Tour Championship in the year 2000 and is the only course on the Grand Stand area to be awarded 5 stars by Golf Digest Magazine. Along with these amazing achievements, the TPC is also home to the Dustin Johnson Golf School -recently started by the big hitting South Carolina native. Needless to say this high calibre course is an incredible bucket list experience and must be included on your Myrtle Beach tour.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

Ranked consistently among the nation’s Top 100 courses on all respectable lists. This unanimous decision is because the Caledonia course is simply spectacular on every level. From the moment you enter the property and drive down the exclusive half mile stretch hidden by tall oak trees either side, you can feel that this is somewhere special. This course exceeds all expectations with greens framed by meandering streams and woodland pines. The natural beauty of the area has been preserved and you will always feel alone on the course, you rarely see another hole.

Fazio Course at Barefoot Golf Resort

The course is famous for a number of reasons: arguably it’s the course with the most elevation changes, it claims to have some of the best greens around with its Champion UltraDwarf grass, and the course features water hazards on 15 of the 18 holes. A championship standard course that’s great for players of all abilities as there are five sets of tees to choose from.

Pine Hills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club

One of the Grand Strand’s first courses to be built, Pine Hills stands as the matriarch of Myrtlewood. As you would expect from one of the leading courses, this difficult design demands respect from all golfers who attempt the 18. It’s not the longest on the stretch but a lot tighter than most. If you play here you’ll need to think strategically on every hole, it really does keep you on your toes. If that’s your kind of course then you will love playing Pine Hills.

South Creek Course at Myrtle Beach National

This Arnold Palmer signature course attracts thousands of locals and visitors every year. It’s cunning design forces the golfers creative side: you can’t play a round here without thinking slightly differently about your strategy. Reaching greens in regulation won’t be about brute strength, as the bunkers surrounding the greens sit ready to swallow up any miss-hits. Not a particularly long course again but a real thrill for golfers of all levels.

Panther's Run Golf Course at Ocean Ridge Plantation

Located just over the Carolina border this tough, big hitting course is ready for all contenders willing to step up to the test. Built around the marshlands native to the area the course is as beautiful to look at as it is to play. The landing areas are generous so If you are long enough to hit over the water you could score well here.

Arcadian Shores Golf Club

This classic Rees Jones design rewards good shots but severely punishes bad decisions. Another one of the Myrtle Beach old timers, this course has stood the test of time and continues to be a local favourite. A course that you’ll want to play again and again with pure white sand and perfectly cut Bermuda fairways. Remember that all slopes lead to water so accuracy is paramount.