In addition to ranking layouts throughout the state, the panel handed out awards in “Best Value” categories and Myrtle Beach golf courses excelled.
The Legends Group, which includes the Heathland, Moorland and Parkland Courses at Legends Resort, in addition to Heritage Club and Oyster Bay, was voted Best Public Group Value.
“Winning that award mean’s everything to us,” said Matt Biddington, head pro at Legends Resort. “That’s what we strive to do, from having the guest pull up and checking into their villas to getting their breakfast, lunch and two drinks with every round they play.”
In the “Best Public Club Value” category, Caledonia and True Blue were voted best in state, another honor for the top 100 sister courses.
“Value is not just the price of product but the quality of the experience delivered,” said Bob Seganti, Director of Operations at Caledonia and True. “We strive hard to deliver on both with the quality of our properties and our multi-play course specials and membership programs.”
Caledonia and True Blue, both Mike Strantz designs, are ranked among Golf Magazine’s Top 100 You Can Play. The layouts are separated by less than a mile but deliver two different but equally memorable experiences.
Caledonia plays through soaring Live Oak Trees draped in Spanish moss, and Strantz’ artistry is on full display. The 18th hole, which requires a carry across water to a green that rests in the shadow of antebellum style clubhouse, is one of the Grand Strand’s most recognizable holes.
True Blue is a modern design, featuring huge fairways framed by waste bunkers and some of Myrtle Beach's largest greens.
The Legends Group courses are equally attractive. Legends Resort is the area’s most popular multi-course property, highlighted by three 4+ star golf courses.
Heathland is a Scottish inspired design, renowned for its undulating fairways, pot bunkers and large greens. One of Tom Doak’s first courses, Heathland is universally regarded as one of the best public golf courses in South Carolina.
Moorland, a P.B. Dye design, has, by most estimates,
the largest greens along the Grand Strand. Moorland is best known for the 270-yard 16th hole, known as “Hell’s Half-Acre,” one of Myrtle Beach’s signature challenges.
Parkland is a more traditional design, carved amidst a Carolina pine forest. The course features more than 100 bunkers and large undulating greens, making it a thinking man’s golf course.
Heritage Club has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest, and the layout is worthy of that honor. Heritage seduces players with its stunning lowcountry beauty and challenges them with some of Myrtle Beach's most devilish greens complexes.
With several holes that play along the Calabash River and two island greens, Oyster Bay is one of the best and most popular Myrtle Beach golf courses. A classic design, Oyster Bay sends players home dreaming about their next round at the course.
The South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel also ranked the top 10 Myrtle Beach golf courses:
1. Dunes Golf and Beach Club
2. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
3. Tidewater Golf Club
4. Wachesaw Plantation East (PR)
5. The Reserve Club of Pawleys Island (PR)
6. Heritage Club
7. True Blue Golf Course
8. Debordieu Club (PR)
9. Glen Dornoch Golf Links
10. Pawleys Plantation Golf Course