Nine of the Palmetto State’s 15 best public layouts are located along the Grand Strand, led by the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, which is the third-ranked course in South Carolina.
Following closely behind the Dunes Club are No. 5 Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, No. 6 True Blue Golf Club, No. 9 Moorland at Legends Resort, No. 10 Tidewater Golf Club, No. 12 TPC Myrtle Beach, No. 13 King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, No. 14 Heritage Club and Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course, which is ranked 15th.
The rankings reflect the depth and quality of Myrtle Beach’s golf course offerings and are further affirmation of the area’s reputation as the game’s most popular destination.
The Dunes Club is the Grand Strand’s most iconic course and will add to its rich history later this month when it hosts the USGA Women’s Four-Ball. It will be the third-time golf’s governing body has brought an event to the consensus top 100 public course.
Caledonia, another consensus top 100 layout, is lowcountry masterpiece. The course plays through stunning live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and is a delight from the time you enter the property until you are enjoying a post-round refreshment on the clubhouse deck overlooking the beautiful 18th hole.
Everything is big at True Blue Golf Club – the fairways, greens and most of all the fun and that is reflected in the layout’s rising popularity. True Blue is ranked among America’s best public courses by Golf Magazine and Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella.
The Moorland Course at Legends Resort is a P.B. Dye design that was once ranked among America’s 50 hardest courses by Golf Digest. The layout features some of the area’s biggest greens and the unforgettable 16th hole, a short par 4 called Hell’s Half-Acre.
Tidewater Golf Club is arguably the Grand Strand’s most scenic layout. The 3rd and 12th holes are a pair of par 3s situated along a beautiful stretch of Cherry Grove, and the 13th hole, a stunning par 5, provides distant views of the Atlantic Ocean.
TPC Myrtle Beach, which has hosted a Senior Tour Championship and was recently tapped to host a NCAA Division I Regional Golf Tournament, is one of the area’s premier layouts, and it more than lives up to the lofty expectations associated with the TPC name.
King’s North, an Arnold Palmer design, is a Myrtle Beach institution, highlighted by the par 5 sixth hole, known to everyone as The Gambler. The alternate, island fairway is just one of the many reasons to play one of The King’s finest designs.
Heritage Club is another lowcountry favorite. The Dan Maples creation plays amongst live oak trees on land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation, but what the course is most known for are its large undulating greens.
The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort is the long-time host of the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am and an outstanding design. Despite Dye’s reputation for difficulty, his namesake course at Barefoot, while challenging, isn’t overwhelming and is an enjoyable round.
While the courses Golfweek’s raters honored are worthy of praise, they are hardly alone. The Myrtle Beach area is home to 86 courses and layouts like Grande Dunes, the Love and Fazio Courses and several others could’ve easily made the Golfweek list.