Myrtle Beach golf: 5 courses that offer great value
There are plenty of great deals on golf along the Grand Strand, but a handful standout as great places to play at an even greater price.
Keep in mind: These are not the five cheapest golf courses, but the ones that give you the best bang for your buck, especially for those on a budget:
This Murrells Inlet course, designed by legendary golf architect Willard Byrd, features the scenic charm of the Carolina Lowcountry without the high price. The 6,400-yard layout is surrounded by woodlands, lakes and wetlands for an escape to nature, but the course plays fast and true and has some of the best greens on the Grand Strand. Rates vary depending upon the time of season, but they are comparatively low and golfers can save $20 by booking their tee times online.
Litchfield Country Club
This spacious complex located near Pawleys Island looks like it would cost a bundle just to enter the premises, but looks can be deceiving. While staying at the luxury resort might set you back a few bucks, it’s relatively inexpensive to play the course. As one of the first layouts built on the Grand Strand, Litchfield features an historic feel and classic style that never goes out of fashion. Check for last-minute specials that can save you another 30-50 percent off greens fees.
Myrtle Beach National
This complex features three courses near the Conway area featuring great golf for those who prefer to play in a natural setting. While the North course is more expensive than the other two, it’s also a great value. But the West Course, designed by Arnold Palmer, and the South Creek course, a 6,400-yard layout that forces golfers to focus on accuracy more than distance, are great bargains. Discounts are available for those who choose to play them all.
Myrtlewood Golf Club
Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, golfers can stay and play close to the courses and get all the enjoyment of a long drive to the best layouts on the North or South Strand. The Palmetto and Pine Hills courses, recently renovated to include bent-grass greens and other amenities, offer nice views of the Intracoastal Waterway and some of the best holes in the area. Save $50 per golfer if you book more than 45 days in advance.
Located just north of the Carolina border in Calabash, the Pearl features two championship courses at runner-up prices. Set amid maritime forests and salt marshes, the scenic setting is worth every penny you pay in greens fees. Whether you prefer to play Pearl East, a more traditional course, or Pearl West, a links-style layout, you’ll get your money’s worth. The Pearl is consistently rated among the top courses and bargains in North Carolina and it’s only 15 miles from Myrtle Beach.