In the fall of 1993, Wild Wing introduced the Avocet. Designed as a signature course by Larry Nelson, two-time PGA Champion and 1983 US Open Winner, and Jeff Brauer, the Avocet is a course where each hole is memorable for its enjoyment, aesthetics and playability. All 18 holes are challenging, but fair tests of a player’s skills. Creative contouring presents elevated tees and greens, double fairways, grass bunkers and even a double green two holes. Water plays a strategic role in the design of the Avocet and with all Par 5’s and Par 3’s orienting to different points on the compass, each season’s prevailing winds come into play. Multiple tees on each hole offer endless and changing challenges. The Avocet was recognized by Golf Digest as one of “The Top 10 Best New Resort Courses in America,” for 1994.
Wachesaw East, named Myrtle Beach’s Golf Course of the year in 2007, is located in Murrells Inlet. With five different sets of tees, this course allows players of all handicaps to enjoy the round. Strategically placed bunkers and rolling fairways make the challenge unique and distinct. Wachesaw East hosted four televised tournaments from 1997-2000 which speaks volumes to beauty and professionalism.
4.5 star rated and one of the Be$t Buy$ of Myrtle Beach. Located south of Myrtle Beach on U.S. 17. This is one of Golf Master Jim’s favorite courses. Designed by Florida designer Ron Garl, It has the best of everything. Two island greens (a par 3 and a par 4), more sand than on most small deserts, (bring plenty of orange fluorescent balls) and 7 holes in the marshes. South Carolina’s Course of the Year in 2001. The world class practice facility features a 43,000 square foot putting green and multilevel pitching and chipping areas. The Tradition is a Low Country Championship course with wide fairways and undulating greens. “HIT for the green” as in grass because if it isn’t green, you’re going to be in some of the largest, deepest waste bunkers in Myrtle Beach. Superb large upscale clubhouse.
The Maples is a nice playable course. It has a separate clubhouse from Byrd and Jones course location. Heavily treed with giant oaks and hanging moss line the course. Some large tee to green waste bunkers…with…OOPs…trees in the bunkers. Medium well trapped undulating greens. Putting is key on this course with lots of subtle breaks. Don’t miss the bar. Lot of bets have been settled over a tall cool one here.
Plenty of mounding and large waste bunkers…typical Reese Jones. One of his better designs with wide fairways and average to large undulating greens. many of the greens are elevated with collection areas below. Chipping around the greens or blasting out of bunkers is at a premium here.
Sandpiper Bay, known as one of the best groomed courses, is a four-star, 27-hole course. This newly renovated course is located just 20 minutes from Myrtle Beach in the community of Sunset Beach. The exceptional care for detail and quality is shown in the contoured fairways and natural bunkers, making Sandpiper Bay a must play.
River Hills is a BE$T BUY$. It is the best non-surcharge course on the Grand Strand. It was nominated best new course in the U.S. in 1989 and selected as one of the “Top 50 in the Southeast” by Golf Week. A visually stunning course that has everything. Tom Jackson did a superb job in designing a “thinking man’s course” where you have to plan and hit every shot in your bag. How about a 100-foot putt on a sloping fast Champions grass green? The front side meanders through a highland pine forest that is well trapped with fairway and waste bunkers. River Hills has 6 signature holes. On the front side #7 is a 527-yard par 5 down the hill with a double dog leg around large fairway bunkers and over water left and right of the fairway to an elevated well trapped sloping green. The back side literally has a river running through it that meanders from fairway and marshes around large cypress trees. Before, during and after your round you’ll enjoy the large, spacious colonial style clubhouse. You also have a full service restaurant, pub area with large screen TV and private area seating or enjoy a tall one on the spacious back patio overlooking the course.
Built upon a 900-acre marsh preserve, The Pearl Golf Links features a 27-hole golf course that is ranked among the top courses in the Carolina’s and have been nominated “Best New Public Courses in America” by Golf Digest. The course is a traditional layout, carved throughout the pristine forest with its dynamic finish along the Calabash River. Being one of the most sought after courses to play in the area, it is certain to be the highlight of your golfing visit to the Grand Strand!
Nominated by Golf Digest as the best new course in 1996, Panthers Run has a variety of challenges. The front side is a Carolina Low Country style course with lots of water and marshes. The back side is more wide open and inspired by the ancient links of Scotland. The front is low lying whereas the back has dramatic elevation changes.
The Pine Hills course at Myrtlewood will challenge your short game with its smaller greens. It is a shotmakers course with sharp doglegs, numerous sand bunkers, and multi-tiered greens. Plain and simple, it is tight and tough. If you are not on your game, the strokes will add up fast.
The Palmetto course at Myrtlewood is the newer of the two and one of the central beach classics. It is traditional in design. It offers wide fairways and large and it is well trapped. As you are wrapping up your round, the 18th hole runs along the intra-coastal waterway. Very picturesque to say the least. The Myrtlewood complex has an excellent practice facility for you to work out the kinks before you tee off.
The West Course at the Myrtle Beach National complex is the longest yardage course from the tips of the 3 courses. You will find this course to be somewhat forgiving with its wide fairways and decent size greens. However, strategically placed bunkers, natural hazards and tall hardwood trees protecting the doglegs will make you think a bit before you try to rip one.
Southcreek is winds through a mix of coastal wetlands and hardwood forests. Of the three courses at the Myrtle Beach National complex, this is certainly the most target oriented golf course. At just over 6400 from the tips, it requires less distance but greater accuracy. Numerous waste areas and well-protected greens place a premium on course management and shot making ability.
Litchfield Country Club was among the initial eight courses built on the Grand Strand (1966). It was also the first course built in the Pawleys Island/Litchfield area. Through the years, the course has maintained its original design of friendly green-side pathways for bump and run approach shots. The mature tree-lined fairways wind amid giant oaks and shimmering lakes from the original rice plantation that it was built on. If you like ‘traditional’ designed courses, you will find Litchfield to your liking.
The course has Scottish links, low country marshes and highland pine trees. A widely different variety in just 18 holes. A very interesting course that you’ll really enjoy playing. A thinking man’s course so you need plan every shot.
International Club is a beautiful tree-lined course that has rolling terrain with bits of marshland and crystal clear finger lakes. The greens are traditionally smooth rolling and true. The #11th hole is a par 3 island green signature hole. In GolfMaster Jim’s opinion this is the best course that Williard Byrd has designed. Some narrow some wide fairways make you think what club to hit especially if you are not constantly straight down the middle. A new GPS system was installed to help you play your way around the course. Holes #9 and #18 are excellent par 5s to finish on.
18 holes surrounded by deep pine forests awaits you at Crown Park. No homes, condos or backyards out of bounds to worry about. The fairways and bunkers are traditional in style and slope with the natural terrain. 8 holes have a variety of tall grasses and plenty of love grass. Crown Park’s Tifeagle Bermuda greens average a generous 6,400 square feet. Most of the water on the course is ornamental and does not come into play. The large greens are the main challenge on the course. How about an 80 or 90 foot putt?
Carolina National is a 4.5 star rated Freddie Couples jewel. 5 tees to choose from on each of the 27 magnificent holes…135 tees so you can play; different tee shot from each tee. Each tee presents a different look for every skill level. The three nines are named for the native waterbirds that make the course their home…Egret, Heron and Ibis. Carolina National is recognized and certified as an Audubon Sanctuary. The course winds through low country marshes and by the Lockwood Folly River. 400-year-old majestic oaks, large waste bunkers and manicured undulating large greens await your challenge. All 3 9s are equal in the challenge so you’ll want to pre-book a replay allowing you to attach 18 in the morning, grab some lunch and head back out to play the rest of the course. After your golf head for the superb 19th hole pub…dine inside or out on the porch.
Blackmoor is located just south of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet on S.C. Hwy 707.Wild turkeys, gators and deer can be seen on the course as you are in a pristine natural area. “Hit every shot in your bag” is Gary Players idea of how to play golf…and Blackmoor fits that description to a tee. Many challenging holes of risk and reward. Cut the dogleg and be on the green…fall short and you’re in the marsh. Moderate undulating and average to large greens and plenty of greenside bunkers. Several holes have dual fairways. Some of the shorter holes are the most challenging as you have?to decide to “go for it” or lay back. This is a thinking man’s course. Go brain dead and record a snowman. Most fairways are average in width with few fairway bunkers. 400 year old oaks and majestic pines border most of the fairways. Want to see the course, visit its website to see the area’s only live course web cam!
Raymond Floyd’s 1st design runs along the Intracoastal Waterway and has plenty of water to contend with. Voted S.C. Best Course in 1998 by the S.C. Greenskeepers Association. The course is heavily treed with some waste bunkers and greenside traps. With 27 holes, each 9 is unique, featuring uncommon elevations and hardwood wetlands.
At Arcadian Shores Golf Club you can expect to be put to the test. With 64 creatively placed sand bunkers, natural lakes, and large Bermuda greens, this is certainly a course to remember. Although the course is a challenge, it is designed for all golfers alike with a selection of five tee boxes. Holes #2 and #18 were voted as a part of the Dream 18, making this course a must play.
This 27-hole course is modeled after Scotland’s Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. The three, 9-hole courses are modeled after traditional Scottish land features, The Woodlands, The Meadows and The Highlands, which make this course a must play. The wide combination of challenges make this golf course great for your next golf getaway in Myrtle Beach.