By Rob Spallone
Myrtle Beach, “The Golf Capital of the World,” is renowned for its stunning courses which offer not only challenging playing conditions but also breathtaking vistas. Among the many jewels scattered throughout this golfing paradise are the courses that provide enchanting views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Today, we explore six golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area that play alongside these captivating waterfront panoramas.
The Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club. Centrally located just minutes from Myrtle Beach International Airport, Myrtlewood is a popular choice for visiting golfers that features two championship courses, Palmetto and PineHills, with the former presenting golfers with dramatic views of the Intracoastal Waterway on its finishing nine. As you play into it on the par-3 17th and alongside it on the par-4 finishing hole, the sight of boats gliding along the Waterway creates a tranquil atmosphere that offers the perfect enhancement to the golfing challenge.
Glen Dornoch Waterway Links. Aptly named and perfectly situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, Glen Dornoch’s finishing holes on each nine are truly its crown jewels, with each (8, 9, 16 through 18) offering majestic Waterway views. The par-3 17th is the perfect setup to a finishing hole that plays into a shared green with No. 9.
Grande Dunes Resort Course. This Roger Rulewich beauty is a testament to luxury, elegance, and championship-level golf. As you play your way through this meticulously manicured course, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway on several holes (8, 9-10, 14-15), the Grande Dunes Marina, and even the historic Grande Dunes Bridge. The combination of world-class golf, brand-new greens, newly reconfigured bunkers and stunning vistas makes Grande Dunes Resort Course a must-visit for any golfer seeking an unforgettable experience.
Arrowhead Country Club. Arrowhead offers a truly unique golfing experience, as the 27-hole course meanders through the Intracoastal Waterway with several holes boasting magnificent water views including Cypress No. 4 and Waterway Nos. 4 and 5. Hole No. 5, a par 4, is particularly enchanting, hugs the water’s edge magnificently from tee to green.
The Norman Course at Barefoot Resort. Barefoot Resort’s 72-hole complex is renowned for its collection of world-class courses, with the Greg Norman design bringing the Waterway into magnificent view on multiple holes – most dramatically on its par-3 10th. The layout features wide fairways, natural hazards, and memorable holes that expertly incorporate the Waterway’s elegant beauty.
Tidewater Golf Club. The Ken Tomlinson design is often described as “The Pebble Beach of the East,” and for good reason! This masterpiece seamlessly integrates golf with the natural beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway and the salt marshes, offering golfers a unique opportunity to tee off amid a coastal ecosystem teeming with wildlife. Holes 3 and 4 along the front nine, and Nos. 12 and 13 along the back nine are sure to leave an indelible impression.