Best Myrtle Beach Golf Courses for WomenBy Terry Massey Sep 06, 2011
Many of the approximately 100 golf courses on the Grand Strand were built with men in mind, but more and more women have taken up the game during that time.
Some courses have taken heed of the trend by making such renovations as a women's locker room in the clubhouse and women's items for sale in the pro shop.
Other accommodations include restroom facilities on the course beyond the bushes and women's tees that fit into the layout rather than haphazardly placed a few yards forward. And, of course, there's one key essential that doesn't cost the courses a dime but can still be hard to find - an atmosphere of respect for female golfers.
With those factors in mind, here are some of the top courses on the Grand Strand for women, as selected by female golfers. Feel free to tee it up at these five links:
Grande Dunes Resort Course
As one of the newest courses on the Strand, this layout was specifically designed to accommodate women. The Grande Dunes Resort course offers two sets of rated tees for women since all golfers are not created equal. The clubhouse is women-friendly and also features the luxurious Hibiscus Spa for those who want to pamper themselves after a day on the links.
These sister courses on the North Strand are popular among the fairer of the sexes. Farmstead was designed with women in mind, including excellent clubhouse facilities and a full-service pro shop. Meadowlands, located just a mile away, consistently ranks among the top 100 courses for women in the nation.
Myrtle Beach National's SouthCreek
The SouthCreek course is the latest addition to Myrtle Beach National's stable of courses and it is the best fit for females. The layout is designed to reward finesse, not just long-ball hitters, and the fairways are fair to the fairer of the sexes. In fact, "Golf for Women" magazine rated it as one of the top 100 fairways for women.
Sea Trail Plantation
Not only does Sea Trail offer a beautiful walk through the woods and wetlands, but the short layout is perfect for women who prefer to use brains over brawn to put the little white ball in the cup. At only 4,717 yards, this Willard Byrd design uses narrow fairways and strategically placed water hazards that allow women to go stroke for stroke with their male counterparts.
Located in charming Pawleys Island on the South Strand, Willbrook was rated No. 25 on "Golf for Women" magazine in 2005. Part of the ranking is based on the scenic beauty of the course, which was built among the wetlands and live oaks of the South Carolina Lowcountry. But another factor is its golf school that offers year-round instruction for women, the only local course that does so.
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