Golf in the USA has always been of the highest calibre with some of the world’s best golf courses. The USA also has a high percentage of top quality golf destinations, up amongst the best and located in South Carolina and some eyes are the best, is the golfing playground that is Myrtle Beach.
Stretching from Pawleys Island in the South to Little River in the North this stretch some 52 miles of coastline has over 90 golf courses. Whether you are a high or low handicap golfer, Myrtle Beach has golf courses to match all budgets and select second-to-none.
Where to play Golf in Myrtle Beach
With a mind-blowing choice of top-quality golf courses of all designs and budgets, it isn’t easy to know which are the best courses to choose from. With this in mind, we have listed below what is in our opinion our Top 10 Golf Courses to choose from.
Our Top 10 Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach
10. Willbrook Plantation Golf Club
Located in South Carolina‘s Pawley’s Island, this Par 72, 18 Hole championship Dan Maples design measures 6,722 yards from the back tees. The Willbrook Plantation golf course has three sets of tees to choose from to ensure that the golfers of all abilities can take advantage and enjoy a tremendous but fair golf test. Willbrook is also one of the eighteen Founders Group International golf courses, a popular choice for many many years for golfers returning to Myrtle Beach.
Designer: Dan Maples
Opened for play: 1988
Location: 426 Tidewater Circle, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
9. TPC Myrtle Beach GC
This Tom Fazio design is a classic and is located in Southern Myrtle Beach, in Burgess, and opened its doors in 1999. Designed with Tournament play in mind the course measures just under 6,600 yards from the back Tees and has been host to Senior PGA tournaments and is a great layout. The TPC Myrtle Beach has five tees sets, giving golfers of all handicaps the chance to enjoy this Championship course. The course is set out by mature trees with a healthy amount of well-placed bunkers and water hazards coming into play. The course is a worthy challenge for both Professionals and Amateurs. You can expect to see plenty of wildlife throughout your round on the Golf Course most often grey squirrels, wild turkeys, and crocodiles.
Designer: Tom Fazio
Opened for play: 1999
Location: 1199 TPC Blvd, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
8. Myrtle Beach National Kings North GC
With 54 holes of fantastic championship golf, the Kings North Golf course at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club is the best, most popular, and most photographed. This Arnold Palmer design was initially constructed in 1973, and the course had a full facelift and re-design in 1996. Unveiling a resort-style layout that has managed to remain one of the most interesting in Myrtle Beach.
The spectacular 7,000-yard-plus design includes its fair share of water, such as enclosing the iconic island fairway on the par-5 sixth hole, affectionately named “The Gambler.” Hole No. 12 is also very well recognised by many golfers for its island green and South Carolina state-shaped bunkers. And the 18th hole, guarded by more than 40 sand bunkers, is undoubtedly one to be conquered.
One of America’s most visibly exciting and challenging courses, Arnold Palmer created what so many consider to be the best course on the Grand Strand … King’s North. Palmer’s stunning “signature course” showcases some of the most spectacular and unusual holes in golf.
Designer: Arnold Palmer
Opened for play: 1986
Location: 4900 National DR, Myrtle Beach, SC
7. Dye Course, Barefoot Landing GC
Barefoot Resort has four impressive championship golf courses, and by far the best of the bunch is the semi-private course designed by none other than Pete Dye. The aim was to create a special golf course that would linger in every golfer’s memory once played. The golf course itself is one of the most visually stunning layouts that Myrtle Beach has to offer.
In typical Dye style, the golf course is also a great golf test, its beauty luring golfers to make errant golf shots. Tee off from the Platinum tees means you will be carrying all of 7,343 yards before you reach the end; however, with Black, White, Green, and a Gold tee to choose from, golf offers playability golfers of all levels.
Designer: Pete Dye
Opened for play: 2012
Location: 4980 Barefoot Resort Bridge Rd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
6.Moorland Course, Legends Golf Resort
The Legends Golf Resort offers three great on-site golf courses all based upon the great Scottish golf courses in the UK. The golf clubhouse is the centrepiece and is a little piece of visual Scotland. The Moorland golf course is another great Pete Dye design. The use of the natural terrain is paramount here, and the Moorland course is an open course allowing golfers to think it is an easy course. It is by no means the case with strategically placed Heather testing the best golfers. The greens are large and undulating, but be aware of the deep greenside bunkers which come into play with an errant shot.
Designer: PB Dye
Opened for play: 1990
Location: 1500 Legends Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
5.Heritage Club GC
The Heritage Plantation golf course is located in South Myrtle Beach in the Murrells Inlet and sits on the True Blue and Midway Plantations. Part of the Legends Group of golf courses this extensive golf course is spread out across 600 acres and features numerous freshwater lakes and giant magnolias and 300-year-old giant oaks. It is not dissimilar to many other courses in the area and features rolling fairways leading to large undulating greens. Ranked as one of the 50 Best Public Golf Courses in America by golf digest means it also gets our seal of approval.
Designer: Dan Maples
Opened for play: 1986
Location: 478 Heritage Dr, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
4. Tidewater GC
Tidewater is located in North Myrtle some 15 or so miles from the main centre. This beautiful golf course sits adjacent to the intercoastal waterway and takes many of its marshland and salt marshes. Since it opened its doors in 1990, its beauty is second to none and is nicknamed “The Pebble Beach Of The East.” Over the years the golf course has received many accolades that make it one of the very best golf courses in South Carolina, and Myrtle Beach.
Designer: Ken Tomlinson
Opened for play: 1990
Location: 1400 Tidewater Dr, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
3.True Blue Golf Club
True Blue golf course like so many top quality golf courses on offer in Myrtle Beach is located in the South in the regions knows as “Pawleys Island”. This area is rife with quality golf courses, and the same can be said of True Blue. Designed by the late Mike Stranz, the golf course opened its doors in 1998 and featured open fairways and numerous elevation changes. The greens are undulating and large, inviting all travelling golfers to be aware of the undulations as many greens are raised just enough that you cannot see their surface from your approach shot. Voted in the top 100 of Golf Magazines “Golf Trips For Buddies” this along with the approach to the 18th with the fantastic colonial clubhouse make it into our top 3 courses.
Designer: Mike Stranz
Opened for play: 1998
Location: 900 Blue Stem Dr, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
2. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Our number 2 golf course comes as no surprise as the sister course to True Blue, and the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is another great design by Mike Stranz. On arrival, after driving down the beautiful August-like entrance, you will not be disappointed as it is one of the most sought after golf courses to play at. Built on an old, old rice plantation, the golf course features immaculate conditioning year-round and has impressive bunkering and impressive water hazards. Measuring some 6,50 yards from the back tees this golf course still plays as a par 70 course with a slope rating of 140 it is one of the grandest of all courses and is a must-play whilst in Myrtle Beach or South Carolina.
Designer: Mike Strantz
Opened for play: 1994
Location: 369 Caledonia Dr, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
1. The Dunes Golf Club
The semi-private Dunes Golf & Beach Club is one of the oldest and most established golf courses in Myrtle Beach. The original golf course opened its doors just after the II World War in 1949. Designed by the great Robert Trent Jones, this classic design measures some 7,195 yards from the back tees. Now some 70 years old, the golf course has constantly tweaked and improved but still retains the original design’s very essence. Unlike many golf courses here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the USA as a whole, the Dunes golf club is on the Top 100 listing from every single magazine, association, and ranking organization, The Club has played host to many PGA Tours, Senior PGA Tours, USGA Championships, Women’s, Amateur, National, Collegiate, and State events. It is our favourite and another one of so many reasons why Myrtle Beach is surely the USA’s Golf Capital.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones
Opened for play: 1949
Location: 9000 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
How many golf courses are there Myrtle Beach?
There are 90 golf courses stretching down the coastline of Myrtle Beach.
Are any of the golf courses in Myrtle Beach used on the USPGA Tour?
The TPC Myrtle Beach GC is located in Burgess in South Myrtle Beach and is a Member of the US TPC Network?
Which of the golf courses at the Barefoot Resort is the best?
Of the Four fantastic Championship layouts at this fantastic resort – the most highly rated and popular is the Dye golf course.
Which area of Myrtle Beach is the best to stay in?
North Myrtle Beach is the better place to stay with more shopping facilities and attractions and a whole host of top quality golf courses.