Split into three nine-hole courses, Aberdeen is a great addition to any golf package due to the quick pace of play a 27-hole course provides. Although a wooded course, Aberdeen does bring a bit of Scottish flair to Myrtle Beach. Sandy areas threaten wayward tee shots while long, sticky rough forces players to focus on accuracy rather than trying to bomb it off the tee. There are plenty of birdie opportunities on this course if you can keep the ball in play. This course can get difficult if you struggle around the green though. Overall, Aberdeen is a tremendous addition to any vacationer's golf package.
Designed by Rees Jones way back in 1974, Arcadian Shores plays like an older links-style course. Thankfully, recent renovations have drastically improved the level of play and the course is well on its way back to being on several top 100 lists nationally. The course is a little unique in that both nine's start with reachable par 5's. Breakout the big stick and you could begin each nine with an eagle opportunity. Every hole is a challenge but there's not enough in the form of hazards off the tee to worry too much about being a little inaccurate, especially if you're a hacker. Overall, Arcadian Shores is a treat and a course every Myrtle Beach golfer should enjoy.
Arrowhead features a very playable 27 hole layout that's perfect for those who are looking for a fun round of golf. It's truly a course that doesn't take itself too seriously. For the vacationer, there are plenty of truly majestic holes that will remind you just how special golf in Myrtle Beach is, especially during the spring and fall. However, for those who may be more local, Arrowhead plays more towards players with control over their short game. The course may not force you to play every club in your bag but it will force you to get intimate with your wedges. If you play well from 100 yards and in, you can shoot a good score here.
Barefoot Dye Course
Designed by Pete Dye, the Dye Course at Barefoot Landing is easily one of the most recognizable in South Carolina. The gently rolling hills, the perfectly placed sand traps, and plenty of water hazards force golfers to be precise with many of their approach shots. Nothing is a "gimmie" on this course, especially since it's a Pete Dye design. The greens are quicker than most, especially on a warm day in South Carolina. Overall, this course has everything you look for when playing a resort course.
Bringing some European flair to Barefoot Landing, the Fazio course mimics that of an old country course found in England. From the tips, the course plays at 6834 yards and is a par 71. Due to its design, this is a course that requires accuracy as well as the ability to navigate your ball on the putting surface. Having the ability to draw tee shots around the corner on some of the more difficult dogleg holes would also be beneficial. Overall, the course is a great addition to any golf package and is a must play if you're looking to play one of the four Barefoot courses.
One could say the Love course is a little more gimmicky than the others offered at the Barefoot complex. However, it's a great course for those looking for a fun round of golf. Large landing areas are forgiving for those who may struggle with accuracy off the tee. However, the approach shot is where you earn your money on this course. Tight greens provide an additional challenge, not to mention most greens are heavily guarded as well. If you can find the green in two, you'll head back to the clubhouse with a good score.
With several holes that run right along the Intracoastal Waterway, the Norman course at Barefoot Landing is a bear! The course plays at over 7000 yards from the tips and features numerous signature holes that only a Myrtle Beach golfer could love. Because this course was designed to fit the strengths of legendary golfer Greg Norman, there are plenty of opportunities to play his signature "bump n' run" shot around the green. Overall, you can't beat this track, especially with so much scenic beauty built into the design.
Blackmoor is the only golf course along the entire Grand Strand that was designed by Gary Player. It's honestly one of the most unique courses in the area, which makes it one of the most fun to play. The course features a lot of risk-reward type of shots. The par 4 8th hole is a great example of that. The hole doglegs to the right, giving players the option of cutting the tree-line and trying to drive the green in one shot or laying up and hitting a nice wedge into the green for a chance at birdie. Those types of decisions are common on this course and could make or break your score.
Designed by famed golf architect Mike Stranz, Caledonia is a truly beautiful course with a lot of bite. The most famous hole on this course is easily the final hole. The 18th is a beautiful par 4 that only plays at 383 yards from the back tees. However, length isn't the problem on this hole. It's the large pond that separates the landing area from the green. Your second shot will need to be well hit to get it over close to 80 yards of water that separates the fairway and the green. Overall, Caledonia is a tremendously fun course to play and is easily one of the most pristine courses in the area. You do not want to miss an opportunity to play here on your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation!
Split between two states, Farmstead is truly a unique course with its claim-to-fame being the 767 yard 18th hole that's a long par 6. In fact, the hole is so long that you'll actually begin the hole in South Carolina and finish the hole in North Carolina. However, the 18th isn't the only hole on the course with its own charm. This course is littered with challenging shots and scenic views of the Carolina lowcountry. Natural lakes as well as man-made hazards are just some of the obstacles you'll encounter as you wind through this Willard Byrd design.
Grande Dunes Members
The Grande Dunes Members club is a private course that offers the ultimate amount of privacy and playability to those who play it. Designed by PGA Tour star Nick Price and golf architect Craig Schreiner, the Members Club offers every player a classic lowcountry style course with forgiving fairways. Located along the Intracoastal Waterway, this course rewards accuracy and precision more than distance off the tee. Keeping the ball in the fairway is the key to shooting a low score here.
Grande Dunes Resort
The Resort Club course at Grande Dunes features seven holes that run along the Intra Coastal Waterway. On many of these holes, you'll approach the tee box only to notice the spectacular views that the course offers. Of course, how beautiful a course may seem is only worth so much. Grande Dunes also measures up in a much more meaningful category - the quality of golf the course offers. The track is challenging yet enjoyable. It's long but not too long that longer-hitters off the tee hold an advantage over the rest of the group. Overall, Grande Dunes is a must play for those looking to play golf in the Myrtle Beach area, as its location make it a perfect course to add to your next golf package.
Big hitters need not apply at Litchfield Plantation where length off the tee isn't as important as your short game and ability around the green. This Willard Byrd designed opened in the 1960's and has stayed true to that layout for over 50 years. The course features numerous doglegs, which allow players to be creative off the tee. In fact, playing a 3-hybrid off the tee has almost become the norm for many golfers. Accuracy is key to shooting a good score here as is properly reading the undulating greens. Embraced by natural beauty and numerous oak trees, Litchfield Plantation is arguably one of the most scenic courses along the Grand Strand.
Another beautiful Jack Nicklaus design, Long Bay is the type of course that helped shape Myrtle Beach golf into what it is today. What this course is known for is their gigantic waste areas that frequently run the entire length of the fairway. These waste areas are known for collecting errant shots and poor drives. They're depth can also ruin a good round in a hurry. However, Long Bay also features a very fun and playable layout, which is something every Jack Nicklaus design offers. Keep it straight off the tee and you'll have opportunities for birdies.
Tucked away just across the border in Calabash, North Carolina, Meadowlands is a true gem of a golf course. Open layouts and well-defined hazards make this a very playable course, which helps every person in your group have a fun and enjoyable outing. Designed by Willard Byrd, Meadowlands is often found on many top 100 lists for women golfers. The course's 7,054 yards of beautifully sculpted terrain makes for a fun outing. You will not be disappointed about making a trek north and playing at the Meadowlands Golf Club.
MBN King's North
King's North is easily one of the most recognizable course in Myrtle Beach with the "SC" bunkers on the par 3 12th hole. This Arnold Palmer design is easily one of the most fun tracks to play here in Myrtle Beach. In fact, for those who enjoy dodging water hazards, King's North features water on all 18 of its holes. None is more legendary than "The Gambler." The par 5 serves as the 6th hole on this course and features an island fairway for those who want to go for the green in two. However, be forewarned that most who gamble on those hole end up losing. Whether you're traveling for your first Myrtle Beach golf vacation or you're just making your yearly visit, do not miss out on a chance to play one of the best courses at the beach in King's North!
Designed to be the shortest of the three courses offered at MBN, Southcreek features a lot of waste bunkers, doglegging fairways, and undulating Mini Verde greens. Due to how short the course plays, Southcreek is one of the best courses in Myrtle Beach for kids who are just starting to learn the game of golf. An open layout allows players some benefits off the tee but with numerous water hazards lurking around the course, being precise on your second shot is a requirement to shooting a low score.
MBN West Course
Carved through secluded Carolina pines, MBN's West Course was given 4.5 stars by Golf Digest in 2010. The course features a good mix of holes with some offering some unique challenges that require players to be accurate off the tee while others have large landing areas with narrow greens. The one common theme at this course is it's incredibly well-kept and requires touch around the greens. With little to no housing built around the course, the West Course has a very natural feel, which only adds to its value.
Myrtlewood's Palmetto course is the longer of the two courses offered but is generally regarded as the more fun to play by large golf groups. The open layout a suits most Myrtle Beach golfers and allows players to shoot a better score. Add in some of the most amazing views you can offer along the Intracoastal Waterway and you have a very well designed course. If you are looking for an added challenge then tee it up from the back tees, which measure in at over 7000 yards.
Myrtlewood Pine Hills
Measuring 6,640 yards from the back tees, Pine Hills underwent a complete and total makeover in 1994 by golf architect Arthur Hill. Since then, Pine Hills has become an immensely popular place to play by both tourists and locals alike. Although it's a bit narrower with more tree-lined fairways than its neighboring Palmetto course, Pine Hills offers players more challenging shots to go along with plenty of scenic views. Stretching along the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, Pine Hills is a truly beautiful course that would make an excellent addition to your next golf vacation.
Built in 1988, Pawley's Plantation is one of Jack Nicklaus's signature designs here in Myrtle Beach. Wide fairways and gently contoured greens outline this beautiful 18 hole course. Natural hazards are numerous in this design with natural marshes coming into play on several holes on both the front and back nine's. Overall, Pawley's Plantation is a truly beautiful course set in a unique and awe-inspiring setting on the coast of South Carolina. Do not miss an opportunity to play this course on your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation!
Known as "The Grandaddy," Pine Lakes is the oldest golf course in Myrtle Beach that's still operating today. If that alone isn't enough to tackle this course on your next vacation then add in the fact that this is also one of the most well-maintained courses as well. Pine Lakes doesn't offer a true signature hole but each hole offers its own unique challenges with its own scenic beauty. While length isn't much of an issue here with the back tees playing only at 6,675 yards, accuracy is key to shooting a low score. Due to Pine Lakes history, it's a must add to your next golf vacation here in Myrtle Beach!
Prestwick Golf Course
Designed by the father-son duo of Pete and P.B. Dye, Prestwick Golf Course is a traditional Pete Dye design that has found its way onto the "5 Best Kept Secrets in America" list by Golf Digest. Like on most Pete Dye courses, patience is required to shoot a low score. Being able to keep the ball in play and avoid the numerous sand bunkers that nestle up to the greens is important to scoring well. Overall, Prestwick is a well-kept course and features a tremendous location off route 544 near Surfside Beach.
Featuring water hazards on 15 of its 18 holes, River Club is a course that lives up to its name. Included in that 15 holes one of the best finishing holes at the beach. The par 5 18th hole is a majestic beauty, measuring in at 513 yards from the tips. The landing area is tight and narrow with only a sand bunker separating you from being either dry in the fairway or wet in the lake. The approach shot will force you to carry the water to a green that curls back towards the tee boxes. Those who have enough confidence in their mid-iron game can go at the green in two. Others will likely layup. Overall, the River Club is an amazing course and a must add to your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation!
Beautifully etched into the flat coastal property in Littler River, South Carolina, River Hills is a well-designed course that keeps golfers in Myrtle Beach coming back for more. With four tees to choose from, River Hills can be an extremely difficult course from the back tees (6,918 yards) or of medium difficulty from the white tees (6,396 yards). Either way, you're in for a few tough shots during your 18-hole marathon around this course. With numerous water hazards that come into play, there are plenty of chances for errant shots. However, keeping the ball in play, even if the distance isn't ideal, allows golfers to shoot a good score here.
Originally built in 1948, the Dunes Club here in Myrtle Beach has an outstanding history of hosting PGA events, Senior PGA events, and even Champions Tour events. This Robert Trent Jones masterpiece is arguably the top course along the Grand Strand and for those who have played it already; it's easy to see why. Known as "Waterloo", the famous 13th hole is known as one of the best golf holes in the country. Lake Singleton hugs the entire hole on the right as near 90-degree dogleg forces golfers to try and cut the corner, bringing the water into play. For longer hitters, Waterloo is reachable in two since it does play at just a shade over 500 yards. Overall, the Dunes is one of the top courses along the Grand Strand.
Thistle Golf Club
Featuring 27 holes on three distinct nine hole layouts, Thistle Golf Club was designed to play like an old course from the Scottish hillside with crosswinds and numerous bunkers. With very few tree-lined fairways, Thistle doesn't feel as intimidating off the tee, which makes it a favorite amongst golf groups who travel to Myrtle Beach every year. Plus, with the extra nine holes, large groups could spend the whole day on the course. Whether you choose to play all 27 holes or just a regular 18, Thistle Golf Club is a tremendous course that's worth adding to your next golf vacation here in Myrtle Beach!
Designed by Arnold Palmer understudy Ken Tomlinson, Tidwater is ultimately a championship caliber course with the back tees playing at a very lengthy 7,044 yards. Located between the Intracoastal Waterway and Cherry Grove, the course provides numerous scenic views of natural lakes and salted marshlands as you wind through this incredible 18-hole course. Marvelous TifEagle grass greens, well-kept grounds, and a large practice facility add to the value of a round at Tidewater Golf Club. Dubbed the Pebble Beach of the east, Tidewater is a fantastic to your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation.
TPC Myrtle Beach
Designed to be a championship caliber course, TPC of Myrtle Beach is truly a test of one's ability on a golf course. Architect Tom Fazio through everything he had into designing this course, which is why it's often considered one of the best designed courses in Myrtle Beach. The TPC of Myrtle Beach was rated as a five star course by Golf Digest, which is the only course in Myrtle Beach to receive that honor. You do not want to miss a chance to play the TPC of Myrtle Beach on your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation!
The Tradition Golf Club was elected 'Golf Course of the Year' by the South Carolina's Golf Course Owners Association for 2000, 'Top Fairway' in 1998 by Golf for Women, and Nominated 'Best New Public Course' by Golf Digest in 1996. Tradition easily lives up to its name with all of the recent rewards and recognition. Featuring 27 holes and a very open layout, Tradition is a great place to play if you're looking to shoot a low score or are just a modern hacker who enjoys playing the game. The Men's tees measure in at only 6300 yards, which will allow players to be creative off the tee. Overall, the course is well-kept and offers a very playable format.
A sister course to that of Caledonia, True Blue was ranked as the #1 course in Myrtle Beach in 2002 by Golf Digest. A well-manicured layout is essential to attracting quality golfers but True Blue goes beyond that by offering a tremendous layout that will leave you in awe. Obviously, water hazards are prominent in this Mike Strantz design. The 18th hole is the course's signature hole and gives players a great way to end their round. A winding fairway curves around a water hazard that runs the entire length of the hole. A narrow green is nestled between the clubhouse and the lake, which forces golfers to hit a mid-iron precisely or wind up out of bounds or in the drink. Finishing the day with a par or better on the 18th is worthy of a post-round celebration.
Built on a former rice plantation, Wachesaw East is a remarkable design from golf architect Clyde Johnston. Framed by large Oak trees and gently undulated terrain, this course features a bit of Scottish flair in its design. For golfers with either a high skill level or for the modern hacker, the course does feature five different sets of tee boxes. Playing on a forward set of tees does come in handy, especially on some of the longer par 4's. Overall, Wachesaw East is a beautifully kept and well-designed course.
Built across the Intracoastal Waterway, Waterway Hills offers golfers the unique ability to take a gondola across the river from the parking lot to the club house. The views are spectacular and it gives players an aerial view of the first hole as well. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Waterway Hills features 27 holes of spectacular Myrtle Beach style golf. The course plays like a beach course with gentile undulation and plenty of water hazards. There are only two Robert Trent Jones inspired courses at the beach so you don't want to miss playing here on your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation.
Wild Wing Avocet
Designed by Jeff Brauer and Larry Nelson, Wild Wing is a challenging yet playable course that offers various levels of difficulty depending upon which tees you choose to play from. The back tees play from over 7100 yards while the more popular white tees play from only 6200 yards. The hardest hole on the course is easily the 6th hole, which is a par 4 that stretches 462 yards from the back tees. With water running the entire length of the fairway, anybody who tees it up on this hole should aim well right. The fairway is staggered and split into three sections, making it difficult to successfully lay-up on this hole. Overall, Wild Wing is a well-maintained course with a beautiful layout that will make you utilize every club in your bag, especially on the longer holes.
Named as a top 50 course for women in 2005 by Golf For Women Magazine, Willbrook Plantation is a course that does a tremendous job utilizing natural hazards and a contour of a land to create a difficult but playable 18-hole course. Built on the land of two Carolina plantations, architect Don Maples often calls this course "one of my best!" Golfers who tee it up on the first hole are immediately challenged by perhaps the toughest hole on the course. The 428-yard par 4 doesn't feature any major hazards but numerous trees could make your 2nd shot a nightmare depending upon the placement of your tee shot. Overall, Willbrook is beautifully designed course with plenty of unique challenges you won't find anywhere else along the Grand Strand.