One North Myrtle Beach location boasts three entries in Golfweek’s Best 2021: Top 200 Resort Golf Courses in the U.S. as Barefoot Resort & Golf’s Dye, Love and Fazio courses are among nine Grand Strand designs included in this prestigious list.
Three additional area designs also assumed their customary place among a national publication’s top course selections as The Dunes Golf & Beach Club(T43), Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (47) and True Blue Golf Club (T73) paced the Myrtle Beach area course selections. The Arnold Palmer-designed King's North at Myrtle Beach National (T142), (T144) and Grande Dunes Resort Course (T174) also joined Barefoot-Dye (pictured, T153), Barefoot-Love (T166) and Barefoot-Fazio (T193) among the nation’s top 200.
The Dunes Club was the first course to attract national attention to Myrtle Beach, hosting the U.S. Women’s Open, the finals of the PGA TOUR’s Q-School, and six Senior PGA Tour Championships. The course has maintained its place at the top of the market and is a consensus top 100 layout.
As two courses in the late Mike Strantz’s prestigious design portfolio, both Caledonia and True Blue continue to represent the best in Lowcountry golf as the South Strand’s most popular choices among vacation golfers.
King’s North at Myrtle Beach National remains one of Arnold Palmer’s most requested designs and features iconic holes led by “The Gambler,” its risk-reward par 5 at No. 6 featuring an island fairway that tempts golfers to go for the green in two. Legends-Moorland is a P.B. Dye design renowned for the size of its fairways and large, undulating greens. It’s a course that rewards creativity and decision-making, particularly on the 16th, a 270-yard par 4 known as “Hell’s Half-Acre.”
Grande Dunes Resort Course, which was honored by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) as its 2009 Golf Course of the Year, plays along the Intracoastal Waterway and provides golfers with some of the most dramatic visuals along the Grand Strand. And with the inclusion of three of its four layouts on this list, Barefoot Resort & Golf continues to burnish its reputation as one of America’s premier multi-course properties.
This list was first published in the print issue of Golfweek’s Ultimate Guide. Hundreds of members of Golfweek’s course ratings panel regularly evaluate courses and rate them based on 10 criteria. They also file a single, overall rating on each course, with overall ratings on each course then averaged to produce a final cumulative rating.
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