Glen Dornoch Remains Among Myrtle Beach’s Best and Most Memorable Courses

January 19, 2016

The Clyde Johnston design is a 4.5-star layout and widely regarded as one of South Carolina’s best public courses. 

Here is what you can expect to see and remember:

Beauty …
the 17th hole at Glen Dornoch is one of Myrtle Beach's best par 3s

Glen Dornoch is one of six Myrtle Beach golf courses that play along the Intracoastal Waterway and it may offer the most dramatic views. Five holes – 8, 9, 16, 17, 18 – bring the Waterway into play and you will remember all of them. The ninth and 18th run along the water from tee to green, but the 17th is the most breathtaking on the course. The marshy waters of the Intracoastal lurk on the left side of the hole and a large bunker framed by towering railroad ties looms to the right. It’s among the most memorable par 3s on any Myrtle Beach golf course.

… and The Beast
The 16th green is among the toughest to hit in Myrtle Beach

In addition to the scenery, there is a case to be made that the closing stretch at Glen Dornoch is the most difficult tests of golf in Myrtle Beach. The downhill approach on No. 16 to green surrounded by trouble is daunting, to put it mildly. The hole “only” plays 371 from the white tees, but the fairway crests approximately 160 yards from the green. Balls that go over the crest will find nothing but trouble, meaning your drive needs to be well positioned and you still face a long approach.  The 17th isn’t that demanding but wayward shots mostly meet a watery grave. The degree of difficulty rises again on the 18th, which requires a 161-yard carry over wetlands from the white tees, or you can layup and face a long, difficult approach. Fortunately, the challenge is more than offset by the beauty.

The 19th Hole is as Good as the First 18
The clubhouse at Glen Dornoch overlooks the 9th and 18th greens, in addition to the waterway

People have long known Glen Dornoch is one the best Myrtle Beach golf courses, but there is more. After your round, don’t forget to stop and have a drink at the 19th Hole, which has a deck that overlooks the double green the 9th and 18th share and the Intracoastal Waterway. The clubhouse isn’t ornate but it’s a beautiful spot to relive the day’s events.