The Ken Tomlinson-designed Tidewater (T157) has been a North Myrtle Beach favorite since it debuted on the Grand Strand golf scene in 1990. Inspired by some of the game’s renowned venues like Pine Valley and Merion, Tomlinson’s handiwork at Tidewater emphasizes the time-honored practice of creating a layout that accentuates and harmonizes with the natural landscape. As recently as 2011-2012, Tidewater earned national acclaim from Golf Digest with that publication’s inclusion of the design in its listing of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.”
Long Bay Club (T190) is one of only two Jack Nicklaus signature designs in the Myrtle Beach area, bookending the Grand Strand golf experience with Nicklaus’ Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club in Pawleys Island. At Long Bay, Nicklaus created a golfing experience that features dramatic bunkering elements and elevation changes, yet framed within a natural setting of dogwood, pines and maples that line the course and natural streams that cut through several holes. Long Bay is a recipient of a 4.5-star rating in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” guide.
Tidewater and Long Bay were included among a national group of honorees with a focus on courses that reside within residential developments. Both public-access and private courses are part of this Golfweek listing; DeBordieu Club in Georgetown (T178) and The Reserve in Pawleys Island (T182) were the Grand Strand’s private clubs also honored here.
Golfweek’s Top 200 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. listing is one of the publication’s two rankings released thus far in 2021. Nine Grand Strand designs have been included in Golfweek’s compilation of the Top 200 Resort Golf Courses in the U.S.