With the wide range of golf communities in the Myrtle Beach area built around resort and daily fee courses, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the Grand Strand also boasts an impressive array of private- and semi-private golf course community options. If you’re considering daily living in a private course community as the basis for relocating to the Grand Strand, here’s a rundown of six such courses – each of which falls under one of four categories of membership and accessibility.
Semi-private course with publicly accessible tee times:
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club – Entering its 75th anniversary year in 2022 as the Grand Strand’s most prominent design, The Dunes Club boasts the prestige of a private course lifestyle to go with its stature of having hosted numerous PGA, LPGA, and USGA-sanctioned events over the years. It’s the only course in the Myrtle Beach area that’s set directly along the shores of the Atlantic – and, as a semi-private course, offers tee time access to the public through a select number of providers. Membership at The Dunes Club offers golf and tennis options, each with unique dining, pool, and beach access among its benefits.
Private courses with global management companies offering reciprocal privileges nationwide/worldwide:
Members Club at Grande Dunes – Managed by Troon Golf, full membership in its Troon Privé program offers tee time access to Grande Dunes Members Club – plus more than 100 additional private clubs worldwide – at the Troon Privé member rate, along with access to additional benefits including myriad private club amenities (fitness, aquatics, tennis, dining, etc.) and more than 150 resort/daily fee golf courses worldwide. And when you choose to tee it up locally at the Members Club, you’ll experience a newly remastered Nick Price/Craig Schreiner design that boasts a 27,000-square-foot clubhouse that hosts a wide array of social and dining events.
The Reserve Golf Club – The Reserve is operated by McConnell Golf, currently the largest owner of private golf clubs in the region with properties in the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia. All memberships are family memberships, allowing dependents up to age 25 to enjoy the benefits that include reciprocal access to all McConnell-managed designs. When you tee it up here, you’ll enjoy a Greg Norman design situated beautifully in a private golf sanctuary that highlights the best elements of Lowcountry living, all within a gated Pawleys Island community.
Private with resident/non-resident membership options:
Surf Golf & Beach Club – The Grand Strand’s north end private option, the Surf Club offers a George Cobb design in North Myrtle Beach with additional dining, swimming, fitness, and social event access. Residents of Horry and Brunswick counties enjoy multiple membership choices (full golf, junior/young professional golf, corporate golf, social), while those living outside the area may join via limited non-residential golf membership.
Wachesaw Plantation – Founded in 1985 as the premier private club option along the South Strand, Wachesaw Plantation is situated on a stunning Lowcountry tract that was once the site of two 18th century rice plantations. The Tom Fazio signature course embraces the property’s natural beauty and incorporates elevation changes not typically found in Lowcountry designs. Amenities beyond golf include swimming, tennis, and dining, with equity and non-equity membership offerings available to residents and non-residents alike.
Private with membership for residents only:
DeBordieu – If it’s peace and tranquility you ultimately seek in your daily living environment, this private golf course community is for you! Yet the quiet setting DeBordieu offers is complemented by a vibrant social scene that includes such year-round club events as holiday parades and parties, traditional oyster roasts and barbecues, sporting tournaments and more. On the golf side, the family collaboration of Pete and P.B. Dye delivers a one-of-a-kind playing experience set spectacularly amid the maritime forest and saltwater marshes of Georgetown.
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