Tidewater burst onto the national golf travel scene as the first layout to win Best New Course honors from both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, and it remains one of the nation’s premier courses.
Tidewater is, arguably, the most scenic layout on the East Coast, playing along the Intracoastal Waterway and Cherry Grove Inlet, in addition to offering a distant view of the Atlantic Ocean.
The layout has an embarrassment of riches. The par 3 third and 12th holes, which play along Cherry Grove Inlet, are devilish little holes that offer majestic views and require a delicate a touch.
The fourth hole, a dogleg left that follows the natural contours of Cherry Grove is one of the best par 4s in the area, and the par 5 13th hole might be the best of all. There are few views that equal looking out into the Atlantic from the 13th green.
Nine of Tidewater’s 18 holes play along the Inlet or Intracoastal.
Tidewater didn’t earn Top 100 public courses honors from Golf Digest and Golf Magazine based strictly on views. The inland holes are outstanding as well, especially the 354-yard 15th hole, which is a great par 4.
When everything is taken into account, Tidewater is one of the best public courses in America, providing the type of round that players will carry with them long after they’ve left Myrtle Beach
The TPC brand is one of the strongest in the golf travel industry, and it’s Myrtle Beach offering is one of the reasons for its sterling reputation.
TPC Myrtle Beach was built with the idea that it would be among the nation’s finest courses, and the Tom Fazio design has certainly fulfilled its promise. The course opened in time to host 1999 Senior PGA Tour Championship, an event won by Tom Watson, and it has been among the Grand Strand’s most prominent layouts ever since.
Golf Digest ranks TPC Myrtle Beach among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses and it earned 5 stars in the magazine’s Places to Play guide, making it one of fewer than 20 courses nationwide to earn the honor.
The layout has accumulated accolades with good reason. It’s a spectacular design, highlighted by one the most dramatic finishing holes on the Myrtle Beach golf scene. The par 5 18th hole has a creek the dissects the fairway and the round concludes on a peninsula green, forcing a risk-reward decision on the second shot.
The 17th is the course’s signature hole. Featuring a near-island green that is surrounded by water on three sides, the 193-yard hole is reminiscent of its famed counterpart at Sawgrass.
“It’s a great golf course and it’s always in great shape,” said PGA Tour star Dustin Johnson, who calls TPC Myrtle Beach his home course. “You’ve got to hit a lot of different shots and any time you can challenge yourself, it’s a good thing.”
Opened in 1994, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club was Mike Strantz’s first solo course design. In nearly 20 years, it has been one of the absolute favorite golf courses on the Grand Strand and consistently ranks as one of the top public-accessible courses in the South by every major golf publication.
The incomparable journey of playing Caledonia begins as one drives down the course’s entrance road, lined with decades-old live oaks that resemble the approach to an old Southern plantation house. The course, laid out intimately across 110 acres, is a “core golf” experience, where players appreciate the absence of houses or condos that can clutter up the view down the fairway.
Instead, Caledonia sets up like an arboretum that happens to house a golf course as well. In springtime, Caledonia is particularly spectacular, with thousands of annual flowers blooming and colorful shrubs adorning the grounds while also remaining largely out-of play.
Its Champion Bermuda greens are always in terrific shape and with the longest tees playing to around 6,500 yards, the course is challenging without being overly punishing. It is a joy to play. And after one’s round, it is typical to linger, drink in hand, on the clubhouse’s wraparound porch, overlooking the attractive par four 18th hole, which requires the approach shot carry the corner of a lake. Do not be surprised to see folks sitting in the rocking chairs just above the putting surface, perhaps placing bets on how the hole will turn out for you and your group. It’s all part of Caledonia’s charm.
One of two Pawleys Island masterpieces by visionary architect Mike Strantz, True Blue is one of the gems of the southern Grand Strand, known as the Waccamaw Golf Trail.
The course calls to mind such historic venues as Pinehurst No. 2 and Pine Valley Golf Club with its preference for sandy waste areas as guards for its fairways and greens, rather than thick, one-dimensional rough. Just as at the aforementioned two courses, golfers who find themselves off-course often have the opportunity to play a bold recovery shot, though potentially at a price. Take for instance the par five ninth hole, a dogleg-right where players can choose a bold line off the tee in order to bring the green within reach in two shots. But a wayward tee shot brings a cross hazard into play, and players must decide whether to lay up short or try and execute a daring carry in order to leave a wedge for their approach shots.
The par-72 course features five par fives and five par threes, adding to the variety of shots the golfer faces over the course of his or her round. A perennial host of hundreds of rounds during the annual World Amateur Handicap Championship, the course has also hosted a Division-I college golf event in recent years.
Other amenities at True Blue include an expansive grass driving range, fully-stocked pro shop and an excellent bar and grille overlooking the majestic finishing hole, serving fresh salads, sandwiches and burgers.
We all want to play golf’s iconic courses like Augusta National and the Old Course at St. Andrew’s. The reality is our dreams of playing golf’s upper tier layouts are roughly equivalent to our chances of dating Kate Upton.
That’s why World Tour Golf Links has grown into a beach vacation favorite. Inspired by the world’s greatest courses, World Tour features 18 holes that replicate some of the game’s most famed challenges.
The Myrtle Beach golf course consists of the Open and Championship nines. The Open Course was mostly inspired by North American courses that have hosted U.S. or British Opens. Among the holes replicated are the first and 18th holes at St. Andrew’s (yes, there is a Swilcan bridge), and the 12th hole at Pine Valley, a short par 4 that provides plenty of challenge.
The Championship Course features holes that have hosted one of golf’s four major championships. The anchor of the Championship nine is Amen Corner at Augusta National, which replicates holes 11-13 at Augusta. It’s a must play on a Myrtle Beach golf trip because everyone wants to challenge Rae’s creek!
World Tour isn’t just a collection of random holes. The holes complement each other, creating an outstanding round of golf that allows you to envision yourself at some of golf’s most revered venues.
Located near the heart of Myrtle Beach, Grande Dunes Resort Club offers guests unparalleled golf in a breathtaking location, resulting in aesthetically pleasing and rewarding game for players of all skill levels. The course features numerous elevation changes and six holes are located directly on the scenic Intracoastal Waterway.
The Resort Club opened in 2001, designed by internationally renowned architect Roger Rulewich. It features 18 holes of challenge with Champion Bermuda greens. The course plays to a par 72, and from the back tees extends to over 7,600 yards.
Recent accolades include “Best of the Beach" in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 by The Sun News. Golfweek Magazine’s “America's Best Residential Course in 2005,” and in 2009 it was recognized as the “National Golf Course of the Year” by Golf Course Owners Association. Grande Dunes is currently ranked among the “Top 30 Courses in South Carolina” by GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest and Golfweek. In addition, Grande Dunes has been selected to co-host the prestigious 2014 PGA National Championship.
Amenities at Grande Dunes Resort Club include:
- Fully-accessible men and women locker rooms.
- A full-service grill and dining area, serving breakfast and lunch daily. Indoor/Outdoor dining is available.
- Full-service bar.
- A state-of-the-art practice facility with a full driving range, three chipping and putting areas, and a new 2000 square foot practice bunker
World Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd and course architect Tom Jackson teamed up to create this 27-hole gem, located near to our Myrtlewood condos. Each of the three nines – Cypress, Lakes and Waterway -- has it’s own personality taking a lot of its character from what nature provided.
Although each nine is different and no two holes are the same, each of the three course shares one distinct characteristic. It’s a shot makers delight. Arrowhead Country Club is well bunkered and water comes into play on more than 20 of the 27 holes. Thankfully, the course is void of difficult forced carries. Doglegs are prevalent throughout the course and there’s an abundance of elevated tees. Visually very appealing, the course wanders through a developed neighborhood, but the homes never come into play.
The layout is not particularly long, allowing the average handicapper an opportunity to hit some greens in regulation. The Lakes/Waterway combination plays to 6612 yards from the Blue tees with a Rating/Slope of 71.6/140. The White tees are a reasonable 6379 yards and 69.4/140. The Green Tees measure 5560 yards at 66.7/114. The Red tees are very lady friendly at 4698 yards and 67.8/117. The Cypress/Waterway combination has a similar Rating/Slope and plays 6640 yards from the Blues, 6183 from the Whites, and 5559 from the Greens and 4624 from the Red tees.
Arrowhead is situated fairly close to the Myrtle Beach International Airport, so a lot of golfers like to make it the first and/or final round of their visit
Architect Dan Maples was given a stunning piece of property to design Heritage Golf Club from, and he took full advantage of nature’s gifts. Soaring live oak trees that are hundreds of years old and the beautiful waters of the Waccamaw Neck, which once made the land home to thriving rice and indigo plantations, served as Maples canvas.
The course is universally regarded as among the best on the Myrtle Beach golf scene and all of America. Heritage has been ranked as high as No. 33 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, and it’s not hard to see why.
From the minute golfers drive past an ally of oaks on the way to the clubhouse, it’s apparent that Heritage is a special layout. The property oozes lowcountry charm and there is an argument to be made that it’s the area’s best.
Heritage is a player’s course, rewarding shot-making and steely nerves as opposed to mindlessly bombing the driver. Playing along the Waccamaw Neck, water frequently comes into play, but Heritage’s primary means of defense are its large, undulating greens, which, on occasion, will require golfers to play 2+ feet of break. The champion Bermuda greens always provide a smooth, fast roll.
Identifying a single signature hole at Heritage is nearly impossible, as the layout, from start to finish, is outstanding.
The 4.5-star design will enhance any Myrtle Beach golf trip.
In a market with more than 100 courses, it can sometimes be difficult to standout, but Moorland at Legends Resort has distinguished itself from the crowd. The P.B. Dye design gained prominence by virtue of being ranked among America’s 50 toughest courses by Golf Digest, but the layout is much more than a stern challenge.
Moorland is an outstanding design that is much more playable than the Golf Digest ranking might suggest. The fairways are enormous. If golfers have trouble finding the short grass they have only themselves to blame.
The primary challenge comes on the greens. Moorland’s greens are huge – the 15th stretches 82 yards from front to back – and full undulation. Combine the size with the course’s stadium-style design and a few well-placed bunkers, and you have the recipe for a round that is as exhilarating as it is tough.
Just remember, the center of the green is your friend on the 6,755-yard track.
The course is full of take-home memories, but the hole your group will discuss long after the final putt drops is the 270-yard 16th, a par 4 affectionately referred to as Hell’s Half-Acre. It plays just 223 yards from the white tees, so the 16th green is reachable for everyone that tees it up.
Admit it, you are already thinking about the possibility of eagle. But if you go for the green and miss, bogey is a good score. Pot bunkers, waste areas, grass bunkers and pampas grass guarantee trouble for shots that don’t quite reach their target.
It’s the ultimate risk-reward hole.
Don’t let the Golf Digest ranking intimidate you, Moorland is a fun track to play and not as difficult as its reputation suggests.
Tom Doak designed his first course – Heathland – at Legends Resort, quickly establishing himself as a star on the rise. Launched by the success of his work at Heathland, Doak has grown into one of golf’s greatest contemporary architects.
His maiden course, continues to be among the most popular on the Myrtle Beach golf scene. Heathland, as the name suggests, offers a taste of Scotland.
The course is defined by it’s enormous fairways and greens. Some of the fairways at Heathland are upwards of 90 yards wide, so blast away with the driver. In keeping with the layout’s Scottish inspiration, there is a lot of movement in the fairways, but Heathland is a second shot course.
The greens, which feature significant undulation, are among the biggest on the Grand Strand, so a strong iron game helps putts at reasonable lengths.
A par 71, Heathland is the most forgiving of the three courses at Legends Resort, but you better strike early. The three closing holes, provide the course its teeth with a pair of 420+ yard par 4s and a 220-yard par 3.
Conversely, the layout is home to several outstanding short par 4s, including the 355-yard fourth hole. With an elevated green that runs off short and left, it’s an outstanding challenge.
Heathland is ranked among the top 30 courses in the state of South Carolina, public and private included, and it earned 4 stars in Golf Digest’s Best Place to Play guide.
Legends Resort is renowned for it’s Scottish flavor, but Parkland, as its name suggests, offers a more traditional layout.
While it’s sister courses, Heathland and Moorland, feature runway-wide fairways and open landscape, Parkland challenges players with tree-lined holes and more than 100 bunkers. The youngest of the three courses at Legends, Parkland is the longest of the trio, stretching more than 7,108 yards from the tips.
The white tees play 6,516 yards while the most commonly used green tees play 6,099 yards. In keeping with its traditional design roots, there are no surprises at Parkland. What you see is what you get from tee to green on every hole.
The most enjoyable challenge at Parkland is the 311-yard (from the tips) ninth, which plays just 267 yards from the greens tees. Distance, or lack thereof, brings the green into play for most players, creating a risk-reward decision.
Any decision to go for the green must be weighed against the risk presented by an enormous bunker that fronts the green. The chances of getting up and down from that bunker are slim.
The ninth hole alone is worth a replay on this 4.5-star design, but it’s far from the only highlight at Parkland, which is one of the area’s most popular layouts. Legends is home to three outstanding courses and Parkland comfortably sits along Heathland and Moorland.
When it opened in 1983, Oyster Bay Golf Links was voted “Best New Resort Course” by Golf Digest. It went on to earn national notoriety as one of the “Top 50 Public Courses in America in 1990, and today remains one the Myrtle Beach area’s stay attractions among avid golfers, awarded 4.5 stars out of 5 in “The Guide to Best Places to Play in America.”
Oyster Bay Golf Links is located Sunset Beach, NC. , just above the SC-NC state line. Architect Dan Maples and developer Larry Young collaborated on this project to create a course that blends nature and innovative course design. It includes several marsh-oriented holes, two island green par threes, and a blending of other natural elements that puts your game and your concentration to the test.
Oyster Bay is a par-70, playing just under 6,700 yards from the tips, but don’t let the stats fool you. This layout delivers big on challenge and beauty. Amenities include a practice range, chipping and putting areas and an on-site restaurant.
Leopard’s Chase is the youngest and, arguably, most highly regarded of the four Big Cats at Ocean Ridge Plantation. The layout incorporates all of the design features that have made Tim Cate one of the nation’s most underrated architects.
The course features, with dramatic effect, Cate’s signature coquina boulders, bulkheads on island greens, beach bunkers and yawning waste bunkers.
Named one of the top 10 new courses in America by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine upon its opening in 2007, Leopard’s Chase provides a test that is as fair as it is demanding. Finding the fairway is vital to success, because whether it’s a waste bunker or woods, problems await golfers when they are off the fairway.
Speaking of Cate’s preferred design features, the 4th hole, an island green par 3 that is one of the course’s best, is ringed by locally harvested coquina boulders, creating memorable views.
The closing hole at Leopard’s Chase, the 439-yard 18th, is a gem. The dogleg features a beach bunker and a waterfall by the green, a picturesque way to complete a round on one of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses.
Home of large, undulating bentgrass greens, Leopard’s Chase is a visual and architectural treat. This is unquestionably one of the area’s upper echelon golf courses.
Ocean Ridge Plantation and architect Tim Cate have always been held in high regard, but Tiger’s Eye, the third of the property’s four Big Cats, brought the facility national acclaim.
Tiger’s Eye opened in 2000 and it immediately became an area favorite as Cate’s use of locally harvested coquina boulders around nearly every lake helped created eye-catching aesthetics in a course cut from a pine forest.
Wide fairways are flanked by sprawling waste bunkers and bentgrass greens await on a layout that has been ranked among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.”
The par 3s at Tiger’s Eye are all easy on the eyes and require players to confront any fear they may have of hitting over water. The 11th hole, a 156-yard one-shotter with a green surrounded by water on three sides, is one of the layout’s signature holes.
The par 4s, as is often the case on highly regarded designs, features great diversity. From the 356-yard par 4 10th hole to the monster 452-yard 12th hole, the par 4s at Tiger’s Eye offer varied challenges.
Many players see a par 5 and instinctively think an opportunity to pick up a stroke awaits. That may be the case at Tiger’s Eye, but it certainly isn’t a given. According to the scorecard, three of the layout’s four hardest holes are par 5s, led by the 562-yard seventh hole.
If the course itself isn’t enough, Tiger’s Eye is home to a beautiful stand-alone clubhouse that offers a panoramic views of the course’s 9th, 10th and 18th holes.
It’s an outstanding golf course and it provides the experience to match.
One of the four amazing “big cats” courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Island Beach, NC, Panther’s Run features wide fairways that twist and turn around water features to create some extraordinary vistas. As are the other Ocean Ridge courses – Lion’s Paw and Tiger’s Eye and Leopard’s Chase – Panther’s Run is a Tim Cate design that will test your ability to blend precision with distance.
From the back tees, Panther’s Run measures 7,086 yards, but large multi-tee areas provide golfers of all skill levels an opportunity for an enjoyable round.
The course opened in 1994, and in 2010 the putting surfaces at Panther’s Run Golf Links were converted to MiniVerde™ ultra-dwarf greens, which offers an unmatched combination of smooth, consistent playability and disease-resistant, heat-tolerant durability.
Panther’s Run and Lion’s Paw share a clubhouse that includes the Tamer’s Restaurant and an award-winning pro shop. This impressive, well-appointed store offers a wide range of golf apparel and equipment, with a friendly staff of professionals who are more than ready to help you improve your game. Tamers Restaurant features a full-service bar, serves delicious meals, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tamer’s also offers full-service catering for all your party and engagement needs.
The first Big Cat to roar at Ocean Ridge Plantation was Lion’s Paw, which launched the four-course facility when it opened in 1991. A 4-star course, according to Golf Digest’s “Best Place to Play” guide, Lion’s Paw remains a Myrtle Beach golf vacation favorite.
The layout was a co-design between Willard Byrd and Tim Cate, who went on to design the other three courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation. Lion’s Paw recently enjoyed a successful conversion to MiniVerde Bermuda grass greens, upgrading an already strong set of greens complexes.
If Lion’s Paw is part of the itinerary on your next beach golf vacation, what do you need to do score well? Find the fairway and the par 4s are manageable, take advantage of the par 5s, only one of which plays longer than 495 yards from the white tees, and hold on during the par 3s, which all require players to deal with water.
The course’s natural beauty is enhanced by an abundance of wildlife, including a bald eagle that lives along the third hole. The native wildlife is complemented by wetlands, swamp land and pine forest, creating plenty of memorable visuals on a course that has long been popular among savvy Myrtle Beach golf vacationers.
In the late 1990’s, Arnold Palmer and his design team returned to Myrtle Beach to freshen up what was already one of the region’s premier courses. Palmer and his team followed the original routing while making some sweeping changes that catapulted King’s North into the “Top 100 Public Courses in America.” The Myrtle Beach National Company demonstrated their respect and appreciation by changing the North Course to King’s North.
While there are a number of holes that stand out as memorable, there are three in particular that have earned a place among the best holes on the Beach.
The par-5 6th hole is nicknamed “The Gambler.” It features an island fairway that you can play to in pursuit of an eagle or birdie, or you can take the safer route around the right side. Quite often, your decision is made easier by the success or failure of your opponent.
The 12th hole is a short par-3 to an island green that features two bunkers off of the left side of the green, shaped in an S and C, a reminder that you’re playing in the golf-rich state of South Carolina.
The final hole is a par-4 that is protected by a green-side pond and no less than 42 bunkers all the way up the fairway. It’s quite a site from the back tees – one you’ll enjoy and long remember.
This classic Arnold Palmer signature course opened in 1973, one of three Palmer designs at the Myrtle Beach National Golf Club. Arnold Palmer collaborated with partner Francis Duane to create a design that winds through a forest of Carolina pines, doglegs, fairway bunkers and natural hazards.
At a par 72 and 6,866 yards, the West Course, delivers plenty of challenge from the back tees, with numerous doglegs that require a well-placed tee shot. However, from the middle tees it is also considered forgiving on its wide fairways and spacious Mini Verde Ultra Dwarf Bermuda greens that are considered among the best on the Strand.
Myrtle Beach National is located off of Highway 501, between Myrtle Beach and Conway. With two other Palmer designs – SouthCreek and King’s North – Myrtle Beach National offers the perfect opportunity for a 36-hole day, so plan accordingly
Built upon the sites of two 18th Century plantations, Willbrook Plantation Golf Club is a scenic golf course with an amazing variety of wildlife and historic points of interest. The par 72 layout Golf for Women ranked it among their “Top 50 Women Friendly Courses in America,” but golfers of all abilities find Willbrook offers a golfer-friendly atmosphere, yet challenging course layout.
Course designer Dan Maples has frequently referred to Willbrook Plantation as “One of my best,” and most golfers agree. Holes #1 & #15 have been featured in the book "The 100 Greatest Holes along the Grand Strand," published by The Sun News. The first hole is a challenging par-4 with a slight dog-leg right that requires a well placed tee shot over a former rice field to have a clear shot at the green for your second shot. The 15th is a three-shot par 5 that gives up very few birdies. Tee shots are down hill just short of a creek, and then your second and third shots are back up hill to a well-protected green.
Willbrook is located along the Strand’s southern shores, in historic Pawleys Island. It has been featured in the TV shows “Nature Scene” and Golf Channel's “Road Trip Myrtle Beach.”
Amenities at Willbrook Plantation include practice facilities, grill, and locker rooms.
The Long Bay Club, located at the northern end of the Grand Strand along Highway 9 in Longs, South Carolina, is one of two excellent Jack Nicklaus Signature designs in the Myrtle Beach area. Opened in 1989, it is set to celebrate a quarter-century as one of the area’s favorite courses, between the thousands of visitors who play it each year and the committed group of locals who call the course home. With undulating fairways and swift Champion Bermuda greens that are protected by muscular bunkers and pristine water hazards, the course is a memorable and challenging one.
At just over 7,000 yards from the back Gold tees, Long Bay sports a Rating of 74.3 and a slope of 140. From the most popular, 6,209-yard White tee set, the figures are a more manageable 70.5 and 129, respectively. Nicklaus gave the holes generous corridors, which encourages players to make freer swings off the tee. Sometimes it brings out long and straight drives, but on other holes, the course can bite back if free swings become loose ones. One hole where this is the case is the par five 15th, which doglegs subtly to the right. A hazard crosses the hole in the landing area, so players need to take care to hit the proper club off the tee. Even if driver may not be necessary, the green is still within reach in two shots for confident fairway wood players. The same stream that crosses the fairway continues along the entire right side of the hole, bordering the green closely.
Log Bay Club, in addition to its lovely golf course, offers a comfortable clubhouse with a full-service grille, pro shop and men’s and women’s locker rooms. The practice facility consists of a grass-tee driving range, putting green and a separate chipping green with a practice bunker
You will be lodged at Myrtlewood and located in the heart of the fabulous city of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
Surrounded by the lush fairways of Myrtlewood Golf Club, these spacious condos feature a full kitchen, generous living area, outdoor pool and easy access to the beach. Plus, you will be just moments away from all of the area's hottest attractions.