Readers’ Favorite Myrtle Beach Golf Courses
Sure, there are plenty of great Myrtle Beach golf courses to play all across the Grand Strand, but which one is your favorite? We asked our readers to name their favorite Myrtle Beach golf course in our annual Myrtle Beach Awards, aka The Beachies, and they narrowed it down to theses top 10 courses:
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Located in Pawleys Island, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is the perfect course for golfers who enjoy a challenging layout as well as stunning lowcountry beauty. Golfers who visit Caldeonia are greeted by an antebellum clubhouse, situated on the site of once working Southern rice plantation. The award-winning 70 Par, 6,526 yard course features a classic layout through salt marshes and forests. Caledonia has received many accolades since opening in 1995, including being named one of the Top 31 Best Courses in America by Golf Digest.
Dunes Golf & Beach Club
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club may be the second-oldest golf course in Myrtle Beach, but it is still one of the most popular. This course is continually named the No.1 Golf Course in Myrtle Beach by Golf Digest, and this course has hosted six Senior PGA Tour Championships, a PGA National Professional Championship, and a Women’s US Open. The Par 72 course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and is known for the famous Par 5 No. 13, also known as Waterloo” for its challenging bend around Lake Singleton. In addition, players also make note of the dogleg par 5 as one of the most fun holes in the course.
Barefoot Resort is home to Myrtle Beach’s Fantastic Four” – the Norman, Love, Dye, and Fazio courses. The Norman Course is a Par 72, 7,200-yard course that features seven waterfront holes as well as a layout featuring native vegetation. The Love Course, designed by Davis Love III, is an award-winning course that includes the recreated ruins of a plantation home to emanate lowcountry charm. The Dye Course is the only semi-private course here, and it is a visually beautiful course that is peppered with infamous pitfalls for wayward shots. And finally, the Fazio Course is a classic lowcountry course that is decorated with live oaks, sand, natural areas, native grasses, and pines. This course features natural elevation changes water hazards, formal bunkers, and more, making it a Par 71 layout.
Arrowhead Country Club
Arrowhead Country Club is situated in a scenic location along the Intracoastal Waterway, and this 27-hole course features three 9-hole tracks with unique layouts. The courses at Arrowhead were designed by Ray Floyd and Tom Jackson, and feature Bermuda fairways and MiniVerde Bermuda grass throughout. This course has won several awards, including The Bes of the Grand Strand,” in 2012 and South Carolina’s Golf Course of the Year.”
Arcadian Shores is a par 72 course that is home to the Resort Golf Academy of Myrtle Beach. This popular course boasts a modern layout – designed by Rees Jones & Robert Trent Jones, Sr. – that is nestled among natural surroundings. Golfers should anticipate holes No. 2 and No. 13, as they were listed among the local newspaper’s Dream 18” holes in Myrtle Beach.
Grande Dunes is a private, upscale club in the Myrtle Beach area that offers two championship courses, the Resort Club, Members Club, and a modern golf academy. The course is situated on a bluff that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway, providing golfers with beautiful scenery as they play. The Par 72 course features elevation changes, 34 acres of lakes, wide fairways with Bermuda grass, and generous Bent grass greens. This fairly-new course opened in 2001 and was designed by Roger G. Rulewich.
Barefoot Resort & Golf – Dye Course
North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Resort makes a 2nd appearance on our list, as our fans have cast their votes for the Dye Course. Famous golf architect Pete Dye is responsible for the popular layout of the Par 72, 7,343-layout Dye Course. Dye is famous for using native grasses in his designs, and the Dye Course features GN-1 Bermuda grass on the fairways, Tifdwarf Bermudagrass on approaches, and Champion UltraDwarf on the greens. The Dye Course is the only semi-private course at Barefoot Resort and boasts natural beauty as well as challenging holes, and it is the location for the annual Monday After the Masters tournament.
Pine Lakes was first built in 1927 and is known as Myrtle Beach’s oldest golf course. And, just because it’s old, doesn’t mean it’s out of style. Starters here wear authentic Scottish kilts, providing a unique experience you will not get anywhere else along the Grand Strand. The course was originally designed by Robert White, and later renovated by Craig Schreiner to bring some freshness to the layout. This Par 70 course may provide golfers with some difficulty, but players will appreciate the history and beauty that this course has to offer. Did we mention that Pine Lakes is also the birthplace of Sports Illustrated magazine?
Located in North Myrtle Beach, Tidewater Plantation is a course with aesthetically pleasing features such as views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean, and the Cherry Grove Inlet. Also known as the Pebble Beach of the East,” Tidewater is a Par 72, 7,078 yard course that was designed by Ken Tomlinson. The course has received many accolades since it first opened in 2009, including being ranked as one of the Top 75 Resorts in America” by Golf Digest.
Barefoot Resort & Golf – Norman Course
The Norman Course at Barefoot Resort received its name from its designer – famous golfer Greg Norman. Arguably one of the most scenic course at Barefoot Resort, the Norman Course is home to holes that are situated right on the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as beautiful waste areas and native vegetation surrounding each hole. Golfers at the Norman Course can expect to enjoy gorgeous views along with challenging hazards.