Located one-half mile from Ocean Boulevard (cool, ocean breezes), this Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary (only one of three in South Carolina) is nature preserved. Contrast that to the Sabre Jet over the putting green. This course is the old Myrtle Beach Air Force course that is now owned by the city of Myrtle Beach. The 16th hole is adjacent to the airport while the other fairways are pristine with no housing or out of bounds backyards…pure golf. The course was remodelled recently with new TifEagle greens. The teeth of the course is in the 5 par fours that measure over 390 yards from the white tees. The course is even tougher from 7 par 4’s over 400 yards and a double sharp dogleg 567-yard par 5 from the blue tees.
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.
You’ll remember the lakes and large undulating bent grass greens. Willard Byrd courses are known for their playability and you’ll totally enjoy this course. Wide fairways, a touch of sand here and there, dogleg holes and roll it on pitch shots are all here. This 4 star rated gem is non-surcharge. Play all three Sea Trail courses at a very special rate. Nice clubhouse, 19th hole and excellent practice facilities.
800 Sandpiper Bay Dr SW Sunset Beach, NC 28468MapSatellite
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.
This 27 hole facility is centrally located at the juncture of US 501 West and the Intracoastal Waterway. The original 18 (the fox and otter nines) were built by Gene Hamm in 1988. The ‘Bear 9’ was added in 1991 by Tom Jackson. The course is on a former nature preserve and has many trees, mounding, bunkers and undulating greens.
Formerly Quail Creek Golf Club
Owned and managed by Coastal Carolina University, this course is kept in great shape due to it’s agronomy program. They recently replaced their greens with miniverde Bermuda, and they are ready for play.
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.
A seaside layout on the intracoastal waterway with prevailing ocean breezes. Better than average width fairways surrounded by live oaks, towering pines and dogwoods. #18 is the signature dog log right finishing hole prevailing ocean breeze blowing in your face. GolfMaster Hal had a hole in one on #11 in the Lockwood Appreciation Day Tournament. A 4 star rated gem.
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.
Introducing the newest golf course to open in the Myrtle Beach area – the Founders Club at Pawleys Island which was scheduled to open in late September 2007. However, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate with sufficient rainfall in the area so the Classic Group made the decision to postpone its opening until February 1, 2008, to ensure the course is in great shape and it is. The Founders Club at Pawleys Island offers golfers an exciting opportunity in the Pawleys Island area to play 18 uniquely designed golf holes. Built on the former site of Sea Gulf Golf Club, Thomas Walker designed the course to offer wonderful visuals and isolated teeing areas thus giving golfers something special to remember. If you like split fairways, then you’ll love the par-5, 540-yard No. 12. It used to be a par 4, but now, along with added length, comes added options and signature risk/reward possibilities. Take the long way down the right-side fairway, lay up short of the water with your second, hit a short iron over it and go for birdie on the new Emerald Bermuda greens. Or, mash it down the left side, shave about 30 yards off the distance in the process, and leave yourself with a long iron or fairway wood to the green for a potential eagle. Be warned, though: find the split in the fairway and you’ll find treacherous pot bunkers or fly the green and find the drink. In either event, say good bye to your par and you could be looking in the eyes of a snowman. The back nine also features the par-4, 420-yard No. 14, a dogleg right which will reward a solid drive with a downhill roll but still leave a tricky approach to an elevated green; a short par-3 No. 16 (130 yards) that looks harder than it really is; and a finishing par 4 on 18 that plays 375 yards into the prevailing wind off the Atlantic, and leaves a challenging carry over water from the right but an intriguing approach from the left to a 130-foot-long, triple-tiered green nestled right behind the clubhouse. A new Low country-style clubhouse with a wrap-around porch awaits you for a relaxing drink and/or meal as you over looking the beauty of the 18th hole.
Gentle Rolling terrain, deep pine forest, undulating greens with challenging yardage gives Eagle Nest a Pinehurst flavor. The three finishing holes with a long par 4, long par 5, and an uphill, elevated par 3 were billed as the 3 toughest finishing holes on the Strand for many years. The certainly are still a challenge. The course and clubhouse have recently been remodeled. A spacious clubhouse with a well stocked pro shop and traditional fare at the Snack Bar await you.
Diamondback at Woodland Valley, voted best new course in 2000, is a beautiful and well-manicured course. The intricate layout, with strategically placed bunkers and lakes, allow for a challenging, yet enjoyable round. Located just minutes from the beach, this course is a must play during your golf vacation in Myrtle Beach.
If Putting is your game then You’ll Love Crow Creek. The L93 Bent grass greens are smooth, slick, and undulating. Sometimes the break is subtle, but you will enjoy the challenge. That’s once you get to the greens. There are a lot of marshes, lakes, large waste bunkers, and sloping fairways to negotiate. The 500 acre layout has 2 distinct nines. The front nine was crafted from the existing fields and rolling meadows. The backside was routed through a pristine woodlands with lot of marshes and lakes. Wide fairways that are open tighten up to deep pine forest surrounded fairways.
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.
Burning Ridge Golf Country Club Myrtle Beach, S.C.This pro style course is located just west of Myrtle Beach on U.S. 501 and Burning Ridge has been selected as the Myrtle Beach 2006 Golf Course of the Year. It features gently rolling fairways, towering pines, undulating greens and plenty of lakes. This course is a shot makers test built for tournament play. The biggest challenge here is that most of the greens are elevated with moderate undulations and plenty of green side bunkers. This course proves, “Its not how you drive… but how you arrive!”
Some of the quickest Champion Bermuda grass greens on the strand. 27 holes with three different nines. The Magnolia 9 is primarily an open scottish links course with plenty of water and bunkers. The Dogwood 9 has wide fairways, elevated greens and deep bunkers. The Azalea 9 has plenty of water, an island green surrounded by oyster shells and wide fairways. Superb dining in a cool setting overlooking the putting green. An excellent day of golf. For a limited time get to play 27 holes for the Price of 18.
A well trapped course with a variety of fairway and green side bunkers. Azalea Sands is especially “user friendly” with NO homes, condos or backyards to impede the progress of your game. IT IS THE BEST BEACH COURSE ON THE GRAND STRAND. From the blue tees, the course plays a respectable 6,902 yards. Most of the greens are large and putting is the key to a good round here. The ocean is less than half a mile away so you normally get a good ocean breeze much of the game. A nice feature that allows for bump and run approach shots is that most of the greenside bunkers (NOT TRAPS) are on the sides and back of the greens. Watch out for the numerous large pampas grass plants that dot the fairway… You’ll need a good chainsaw to extricate your ball from this snarly plant. Most of the pine tree berm areas surrounding the fairway have open shots to the fairways and greens with the absence of underbrush to spoil your shot making . The friendly staff and rangers make it a real pleasure in playing Azalea Sands. This is definitely GOLFMASTER Jim’s favorite beach style course for over 25 years. The course is setup to challenge the skill level of every player. Azalea Sands is highly recommended as an excellent starter course to get used to beach conditions. Check out Golf Trek’s super discount Afternoon Rounds starting $35.00 with cart included. New in 2015 15 inch cups. Try out the new trend and putting on the new larger style cups.
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.