Six Popular North Myrtle Beach Courses for Your Next North Strand Golf Getaway

Tidewater Golf Club

North Myrtle Beach has everything group leaders seek: quality oceanfront accommodations, outstanding restaurants, nightlife and, most importantly, unforgettable golf. So as you plan your next trip to the area, here are six North Myrtle Beach layouts that will ensure a memorable golf vacation.

Azalea Sands is a local institution, delivering a value-laden round and a chance for golfers of all skill levels to score. The Gene Hamm design opened in 1972 and the layout’s generous fairways remain devoid of housing, adding to its charm. In recent years, ownership has reinvested in the property, including a new clubhouse design, ensuring Azalea’s continued popularity.

Barefoot Resort became the first property to ever christen four courses simultaneously when Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Davis Love III and Greg Norman opened their namesake designs on the same day in 2001. Twenty-two years later, the quartet continues to be among the area’s most prominent courses.

Entering the project, DL3 didn’t enjoy the same architectural acclaim of his peers, but that changed with the opening of the Love Course. Featuring a creative layout and greens reminiscent of those Love grew up playing in North Carolina’s sandhills, the design immediately became a player favorite. The course is highlighted by holes 4-6, which play around the faux ruins of an old plantation home, including the drivable, 265-yard fourth hole.

Norman’s course is most known for the holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, especially the 10th, a downhill par 3 that plays to a green residing along the water. The view is the property’s most dramatic and the tee shot is pulse-quickening.

The Fazio Course provides a test of golf that is as demanding as it is memorable, challenging players with sand, natural areas and native grasses. Fazio’s layout has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses and it doesn’t take players long to realize why.

Pete Dye is a legendary name in golf course architecture circles and his work at Barefoot only  burnished his reputation. Using the visual deception, railroad ties and sprawling waste bunkers he has long been known for, Dye’s work at Barefoot has been ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses. The layout is the longtime home of the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am.

Tidewater Golf Club was the first design ever named best new public course in America by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. With nine holes that play along either Cherry Grove Inlet or the Intracoastal, Tidewater is among the most scenic courses on the East Coast. In particular, the four holes that play along Cherry Grove – 3, 4, 12 and 13 – are stunning. This is a layout players talk about long after they’ve returned home.

If your next golf trip takes you to North Myrtle Beach, you owe it to yourself to check out these six courses.