Three Myrtle Beach mainstays in the national public golf course rankings have assumed familiar position inside the top 100, and are joined by four additional Grand Strand designs in the 2022 edition of Golfweek’s Top 200 Resort Golf Courses in the U.S.
Leading the way is The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, ranked No. 43 with an overall rating of 6.74, followed by Caledonia Golf & Fish Club at No. 45 (6.72 overall rating) and True Blue Golf Club at No. 77 (6.5).
Legends Golf Resort’s Moorland Course (No. 149, 6.06), King's North at Myrtle Beach National (No. 153, 6.04), The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf (No. 175, 5.98) and Grande Dunes Resort Course (No. 186, 5.95) round out the Myrtle Beach-area courses included in Golfweek’s 2022 resort course rankings.
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. They’ve also been home to multiple elite collegiate competitions, including the 2021 Golfweek Fall Challenge.
Legends-Moorland is a P.B. Dye design renowned for the size of its fairways and large, undulating greens. 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.
Barefoot-Dye is the longstanding home of the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, featuring Pete Dye’s renowned design elements including expansive waste bunkering and the integration of railroad ties. It most recently hosted the 2021 Golfweek Myrtle Beach Amateur.
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.
The members of Golfweek’s course ratings panel continually evaluate courses and rate them based on 10 criteria, while also filing a single, overall rating on each course.
Overall ratings on each course are then averaged to produce a final, cumulative rating, with each course ranked against other courses in their respective regions. All seven of Myrtle Beach’s designs named in 2022 were within .05 of their overall rating from last year, with Legends-Moorland and Grande Dunes Resort Course each posting increases of .04 over their 2021 scores.
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