5 Common Animals You’ll See on a Myrtle Beach Golf Course

By Kyle Oland

The natural beauty of a golf course is one of many reasons golfers flock to Myrtle Beach for annual golf trips. The beauty extends past the fairways and greens and includes wildlife-rich woodlands and wetlands that are home to a wide variety of animal species, many of which you’ll see on prominent display during your round.

Here are five such animals to look for during your next golf trip.


Sunbathing alligators are a common sight along the banks of lakes, ponds, wetlands and water hazards at golf courses up and down the Grand Strand. And during the warm summer months, you have an even better chance of seeing one or more of these amazing creatures during your round.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club doesn’t have an alligator as part of its logo for nothing: its back nine stretch of holes well known as “Alligator Alley” is one prominent area that showcases them.

(A word to the wise: if you’re searching for your ball along watery areas of Myrtle Beach golf courses and see one, simply give the gator its space. While these creatures are rather passive and keep to themselves, you can never be too careful!)


At any course with a body of water, you’ll likely see one of these beautiful birds standing leg half deep in water hunting for its next meal.

Covered in greyish-white feathers, the heron is one of the most iconic birds in the Myrtle Beach area.

Gator at TPC Myrtle Beach

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Gator at TPC Myrtle Beach

Fox Squirrels

These little guys make their homes along many Myrtle Beach golf courses. A bit bigger than a typical squirrel, the fox squirrel looks much different than many of the smaller squirrels many of you usually see at your home golf course.

(Another word to the wise: keep an eye out for these mischievous creatures. If you turn your back on them for too long, you might find them running away with a snack they just pilfered from your golf cart!)


No surprise here! Deer can be found along golf courses all across the country, and Myrtle Beach is certainly no exception. You typically won’t see deer during midday rounds, but if you have an early-morning tee time or a late afternoon round, you shouldn’t be surprised to see them make an appearance.

Bald Eagles

America’s national bird for more than 150 years, these majestic creatures can often be seen soaring the skies or perched on a tree overlooking a Myrtle Beach golf course fairway.

South Carolina is home to the 14th most bald eagles in the country, and the Lowcountry is one of their predominant homes.