While beaches and wholesome attractions have made the Grand Strand a favored destination for family vacations, the Myrtle Beach area also is on the bucket lists of most serious golfers. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones are other “name” designers have left their mark here but what’s truly staggering about golf here isn’t the overall number of courses (although it is staggering) but the quality. A perfect Myrtle Beach golfing vacation can stretch from Pawleys Island to Ocean Isle Beach. Myrtle Beach is truly one of the premier places in the entire country to hit the links. Each course offers an experience unique from the next.
What Golf Courses Are In Myrtle Beach?
The trio of courses operated by Mystical Golf, The Witch, The Wizard and Man O’ War, are hard to resist, if only to purchase logo apparel. A million cubic yards of earth were moved to create elevation changes at The Wizard, while The Witch graces 500 acres without any development. Man O’ War is defined by water: a 100-acre lake and an island ninth hole. All three courses may be booked online. Who can resist saying they’ve tackled The Witch, or bested The Wizard?
Burning Ridge’s West Course offers up the epitome of southern hospitality. Its companion—the popular East Course—has earned South Carolina’s Golf Course of the Year award time and time again. Head west if you’re up to the challenge of water hazards and think “East” if you excel at wedge shots and sand is your idea of a manageable obstacle.
The state’s beautiful Lowcountry is all you’ll see when playing Crown Park Golf Club. Not a house is in sight from the rolling terrain of this nature-centric course a short drive from North Myrtle Beach. Your golfing vacation can really bloom at the spectacular Crown Park greens. The TifEagle Bermudagrass is bred to deliver speed, consistency and playability.
One of the hardest courses is also one of the most affordable. The Arnold Palmer-designed Myrtle Beach National West Course doglegs through forests and past numerous water hazards. The North Course at Myrtle Beach National has racked up so many accolades that it’s become a must-play course.
While it’s been recognized as one of the Top 100 Courses for Women, the fellows will also enjoy the tempting “short cut” at No. 6 and the 40 sand traps lining the No. 18 fairway. This Palmer design has long been one of the most requested courses on the Grand Strand.
Golf Digest has named True Blue Golf Plantation one of “America’s Greatest Public Courses,” and the course’s incredible elevations are part of the allure. A former rice and indigo plantation, True Blue’s rolling terrain is blessed with spectacular vegetation and is considered one of the prime courses in the area. Legions of awards have been bestowed on Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, including being listed on “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest. With staggering beauty, Caledonia sprawls out beneath century-old oaks typical of historic South Carolina.
A short drive in the opposite direction lands golfers in scenic Murrells Inlet and Blackmoor. Built along the beautiful Waccamaw River, Blackmoor spans the site of a 19th century plantation. A signature course designed by Gary Player, Blackmoor is a Myrtle Beach must-play for golfing enthusiasts. A member course of the Waccamaw Golf Trail, it can be booked a year in advance, online booking is available.
Another Waccamaw Golf Trail find is the upscale Founders Club at Pawleys Island, south of Myrtle Beach. The challenging 18-hole course was designed by Thomas Walker, former lead architect for Gary Player Design. Renovations in excess of $7 million have transformed the former Sea Gull Golf Club into a stunning destination course, dotted by native orange and gold sand, and the legendary moss-draped oaks of Low Country.
No matter your skill level or dedication to the game, dozens of courses await your discovery. Make your reservations for a Myrtle Beach golfing vacation now for a chance to play your pick from more than 100 championship golf courses. Once you select your fairways of choice, book ahead if at all possible.