For golf lovers there’s no better place on earth than Myrtle Beach–or more appropriately, the Carolinas’ “Grand Strand.” The 60+ mile stretch between southeastern North Carolina and Georgetown, South Carolina, with the Sun-Fun City of Myrtle Beach at the center, offers 100+ golf courses designed for every kind of golfer. The Grand Strand is a golfer’s paradise and one of the top golf destinations in the world–it’s no wonder it’s the undisputed “Golf Capital of the World.” Whether you prefer plenty of relaxation, rejuvenation and white sandy beaches to stroll in the evening, or a variety of activities for nongolfing partners or family members, Myrtle Beach is the ideal getaway or vacation destination for all who love golf.
From the fabulous new courses designed by Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Davis Love III and Greg Norman at Barefoot Resort, to the magnificent Tournament Players Club (TPC), to older but national-award-winning courses such as Tidewater and The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, to other challenging tracks and those better suited to higher handicaps, the Grand Strand’s world-class courses are guaranteed to test your mettle and your metals.
Whether you’re just getting started learning the game or a scratch golfer looking to shave even one more stroke…there’s a golf school in Myrtle Beach to fit your needs. Several national schools have locations in Myrtle Beach, while others are locally owned, but all offer certified professional instruction. Several of the schools offer special youth golf programs in the summer. Make your next trip to Myrtle Beach a “learning” vacation.
Entertainment abounds for all ages in Myrtle Beach. Take the kids to Family Kingdom, an amusement park featuring the legendary wooden roller coaster, the Swamp Fox; or to The Pavilion, with the new-this-year thrilling Hurricane roller coaster. If you want to get drenched, there’s Myrtle Waves Water Park and Wild Water and Wheels. And there’s fun and challenge for anyone at least 40″ tall at the NASCAR SpeedPark.
More to Do!
The sandy beaches are some of the widest in the world, and while the waves can’t hold a candle to Hawaii, there is some surfin’ goin’ on. Rent a sailboat, take a fishing charter, or enjoy relaxing surf or pier fishing. The Grand Strand hosts the longest pier on the East Coast at Apache Campgrounds in North Myrtle Beach. If you like professional baseball, you can catch a game at the new stadium which hosts the Atlanta Braves Class-A team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. And a little culture is good for everyone. The accomplished Myrtle Beach Symphony has several productions each year, and a visit to Myrtle Beach is not complete without a visit to the famed Brookgreen Gardens, home of the largest outdoor sculpture exhibit in the world.
What To Bring
Choosing what to bring to Myrtle Beach depends on when you make the visit. In the warmer months, shorts are appropriate on and off the course as well as at most dining establishments. Also, warmer month usually means they’ll be some added humidity, which for those of you familiar with it, means more airborne insects in the air. Be sure to bring not only sun protection, but insect repellent as well. It’s a lifesaver. Light sweaters and pants are fine for cooler months. Bring an umbrella all year round.
As for your clubs, it never hurts to carry an extra putter in your bag (but remove it if you’re playing in serious competition.) Myrtle Beach has several inland courses as well as coastal courses, with greens that vary in shape, size and most importantly–speed. We recommend a putter you feel comfortable with on slower greens and another for fast, slick greens. Also, be sure to stock plenty of balls. Water hazards are very popular at courses throughout the area. _Ê_Ê_Ê _Ê _Ê_Ê_Ê
When To Go
Myrtle Beach is an all-year-round golf vacation resort, with the most precipitation occurring during the summer months when the heat index is highest. If you don’t mind the cooler weather, there are some good deals to be had during the winter. The biggest crowds typically appearing during the warmer months.
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Where To Play
The new Davis Love III design holds up against Barefoot’s other notable course designs by Norman, Fazio and Dye.
Par 72, 7175 yards
One of the finest course trios in the Carolinas.
Par 72, 6785 yards (72.3/127)
|Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
Majestically designed and manicured to perfectly harmonize with the natural environment.
Par 70, 6526 yards (70.9/132) (Mike Strantz)
|Grande Dunes Resort Course
The exquisite beauty of Grande Dunes is matched only by its challenging length.
Par 72, 7613 yards (77.3/142) (Roger Rulewich)
|Myrtle Beach National_â–King’s North
Arguably the most fun-to-play course in Myrtle Beach
Par 72, 7117 yards (72.6/136) (Arnold Palmer)
Risk-reward opportunities are plentiful here.
Par 72, 6614 yards (71.1/126) (Gary Player)
|Myrtlewood Golf Club
36 holes of brilliant strategy and stunning visuals.
Pinehills – Par 72, 6640 yards (72.0/130) (Arthur Hills)
Palmetto – Par 72, 6953 yards (72.7/135) (Edmund Ault)
|Ocean Ridge Plantation
The Big Cats are among the most exciting courses in Myrtle Beach.
Par 72, 7003 yards (74.6/138)
GT Selects (cont.)
|Pine Lakes International
Myrtle Beach’s first golf course still ranks among the best.
Par 72, 6609 yards (72.0/130) (Robert White)
Once an indigo and rice plantation, True Blue is among the most beautiful and challenging courses on the Grand Strand.
Par 71, 6891 yards (74.3/145) (Mike Strantz)
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|Aberdeen Country Club
Three beautiful nines designed to please novices and skilled players alike.
Nine holes, 3306 yards
|Black Bear Golf Club
Wide fairways instill confidence for the meek and forgiveness for the bold.
Par 72, 6787 yards (72.9/137)
|Burning Ridge Golf Club
Gene Hamm’s 36 hole masterpiece is both exciting and enticing at the same time.
Par 72, 6714 yards (71.8/122)
|The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Recent renovations have made all the difference.
Par 72, 7165 yards (75.4/141)
(Robert Trent Jones, Sr.) (Rees Jones redesign)
|Farmstead Golf Links
The home of Myrtle Beach’s only par-6 hole.
Par 72, 7242 yards (74.5/135) (William Byrd & Dave Johnson)
|Indian Wells Golf Club
Shotmaking holds center stage on every hole at Indian Wells.
Par 72, 6624 yards (72.6/136)
The International is one of the most thrilling courses in the area.
Par 72, 6857 yards (72.8/131)
|Ocean Ridge Plantation_â–Lion’s Paw
Widely considered to be William Byrd’s finest design.
Par 72, 7003 yards (74.6/138) (William Byrd)
|Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort
Mature and refined, yet updated for a memorable experience.
Par 72, 6752 yards (72.6/130) (William Byrd)
|Long Bay Golf Club
Nicklaus at his best and most rewarding.
Par 72, 7021 yards (74.3/137)
Explosive character and thrilling challenges abound.
Par 72, 6967 yards (72.4/130) (Dan Maples)
A true country club-for-a-day experience.
Par 72, 7026 yards (75.3/146) (Jack Nicklaus)
Watch for water on 15 of 18 holes.
Par 72, 6677 yards (72.2/125) (Tom Jackson)
|Prestwick Golf Club
Country club elegance at one of the area’s finest tracks.
Par 72, 7058 yards (74.5/140)
|Sea Trail Resort and Golf Links
Three of the best courses in Myrtle Beach right next to one another.
Byrd Course – Par 72, 6751 yards (72.4/129) (William Byrd)
Maples Course – Par 72, 6761 yards (72.4/132)
Jones Course – Par 72, 6750 yards (72.1/128)
|The Surf Club
Where old school meets new school.
Par 72, 6842 yards (George Cobb)
|Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation
Amazing views and a rollicking test of golf among 18 spectacular holes.
Par 72, 7078 yards (74.8/144) (Ken Tomlinson)
|TPC of Myrtle Beach
With 70+ bunkers and a host of other obstacles, this course is the kind touring professionals love to devour.
Par 72, 6950 yards (74.0/145) (Tom Fazio)
Endless options for even the most discerning players.
Avocet – Par 72, 7127 yards (74.2/128)
(Jeff Brauer/Larry Nelson)
Falcon – Par 72, 7082 yards (74.4/134) (Rees Jones)
Hummingbird – Par 72, 6853 yards (73.6/135) (William Byrd)
Wood Stork – Par 72, 7044 yards (73.6/130) (William Byrd)
|Waterway Hills Golf Club
Tranquil on the outside, but as challenging as any RTJ course gets.
Nine holes, 3149 yards
One of the best courses for men and women to play together in all of Myrtle Beach.
Par 72, 6704 yards (71.8/127)
A magical golf journey for all skill levels.
Par 71, 6704 (71.2/133) (Dan Maples)
|World Tour Golf Links
Recreated masterpieces from across the globe.
North 9 – Par 36, 3325 yards
South 9 – Par 36, 3419 yards
West 9 – Par 36, 3300 yards
Myrtle Beach has a near endless supply of accommodations well-suited for the discerning golfer, large groups, small groups and everything in between. Here are a few favorites:
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