By David Williams
There are plenty of Myrtle Beach golf courses to choose from when planning your next trip. Did you know that multiple Myrtle Beach golf courses have hosted some of the best players in the world? It’s true! And since it’s Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship Week, we wanted to highlight some of the courses that have hosted these events over the years.
– Wachesaw Plantation East Golf Club: This is one that might not be as well-known as the others as a prominent tournament venue, but Wachesaw Plantation East actually set the pace for other Grand Strand courses to follow when it hosted four LPGA Tour events from 1997 to 2000. In those four years such prominent names as Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Meg Mallon competed at this Clyde Johnson design.
– Caledonia and True Blue: Many know these two designs as among America’s top 100 courses you can play as rated by the game’s major publications, but did you know they also host many of college golf’s top men and women players in the Golfweek Fall Challenge each year? These two Mike Strantz gems also host the Palmetto Championship each spring, with a field comprised of many of the top high school teams from around the country.
– The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf: The Dye Course is perhaps best known as the longtime host of the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, but back in 2020 the renowned Pete Dye design also hosted the Golfweek Myrtle Beach Collegiate. That field was chock full of players from such Southeastern Conference juggernauts as South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee, along with a heavy dose of additional Division 1 competitors.
– The Dunes Golf & Beach Club: This Robert Trent Jones Sr. design has hosted numerous PGA of America and USGA events over the years including the U.S. Women’s Open, Senior PGA Championship and PGA Professional National Championship, and is currently the annual host of the General Hackler Collegiate Golf Championship. The Hackler has been a Myrtle Beach gateway to the pros for such college stars as Wake Forest’s Cameron Young and Will Zalatoris and Coastal Carolina’s Dustin Johnson.
– TPC Myrtle Beach: In 2000, Tom Watson won the Senior TOUR Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach. As recently as 2019, TPC Myrtle Beach hosted the Myrtle Beach Regional of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship featuring such teams as Ohio State, Wake Forest, California-Berkeley and Illinois, and included soon-to-be PGA TOUR sensations Collin Morikawa and the aforementioned Young. They’re also hosting the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship this week for the eighth consecutive year.
If you’re in town around the time of some of these events, be sure to make the time to check them out. You never know who might be playing at one of your favorite Myrtle Beach golf courses!