Caledonia's 18th hole is one of the most challenging in the Myrtle Beach area.

Myrtle Beach’s Most Challenging Golf Holes

February 20, 2019

It seems everyone has their “Dream 18” list of the top holes on the Grand Strand. This is more like a “Nightmare 5” list of the most challenging holes in the area.

This list is based on more than just design and scenery, although they too play a role. The determining factors are things that make these holes uniquely difficult.

So if you’re looking for a good challenge or trying to avoid frustration, these are the holes you will want to play or skip at the almost 100 courses on the Strand:

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, No. 18

369 Caledonia Dr., Pawleys Island, Array 29585
from 728

Caledonia’s finishing hole is one of the best on the Strand but it’s not even the most popular on the course. The 19th hole, a patio bar where golfers gather after their rounds and watch those behind them struggle on the 18th green. Patrons offer good-natured cheers and boos while golfers try to avoid a deadly water hazard in front of the green. The good news is you can grab a drink quickly and join in the fun after tangling with No. 18.

Dunes Golf & Beach Club, No. 13

9000 North Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29572
from 291

Waterloo, as it is fittingly called, is one of the most famous and infamous holes on the Strand. The 590-yard par-5 doglegs more than 90 degrees to the right around Lake Singleton making it appear to double back on itself. The test is knowing when and where to cross the lake, which is guarded by gators and often features a tricky ocean breeze blowing against your shot. Designer Trent Jones correctly called it a hard par, but an easy bogey.

Farmstead Golf Club, No. 18

541 McLamb Blvd., Calabash, Array 28467
from 475

You might want to pack a snack for this finishing hole at Farmstead, the longest one on the Grand Strand. This 767-yard par-6 actually stretches into two states, crossing the border into North Carolina en route to the green. The seemingly endless fairway eventually doglegs to the left, but not until the third or fourth shot for most golfers. Then comes a tough finesse shot to the green, which is protected by water to the back and left and by a bunker to the right.

TPC of Myrtle Beach, No. 18

1199 TPC Boulevard, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576
from 976

If there’s any doubt this course was built for championship tournament play, those questions are erased by the time one finishes No. 18 at TPC of Myrtle Beach. The 538-yard par-5 features a creek that runs down the right side of the fairway and connects to a lake on the left midway down the fairway. The water has to be carried to a green that slopes to the front with water on the left, and the right side of the fairway consists of a series of bunkers, mounds and valleys. You have to be a pro to birdie this one.