The International World Tour Golf Links gives you the opportunity to experience the thrill of playing 27 holes inspired by some of the World’s most famous courses, including Pine Valley, Augusta National, TPC at Sawgrass, St. Andrews, Pinehurst #2, Oakmont, and Royal Melbourne to name a few. They are all there and more. Perhaps seeing these holes will provide you with memories of great shots you’ve seen in tournaments played around the world. You can travel the globe and spend a fortune in airfare, lodging, and greens fees or you can tee off and get a glimpse of the world from Myrtle Beach.
Move 800,000 cubic yards of dirt, build a destroyed castle as your clubhouse on a 100 acre lake, plant 800 species of grasses and plants, and have mounding as high as 45 feet above the fairways – you’re at The Wizard! A uniquely different golf course. Superb, fast bent grass greens and 3 finishing holes over and around the 100 acre lake make for a challenging golf course. The par 71 plays to a mild 118 slope from the men’s tees.
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.
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.
Shaftesbury Glen’s unique concept combines a world class golf course with a fishing venue along the Waacamaw River. This course has been described as challenging, innovative and fun, making it a great course to play on your golf getaway. While this course is more traditional, with elevated greens, wide fairways and expansive traps, it is certainly worth the trip for the Olde English clubhouse.
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.
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.
One of Pete Dye’s better designed courses. Prestwick has received Golf Digest’s? 4 1/2 star-rating for 2006. Unlike traditional Dye designs, it is not tricked up with severe greens. The terrain is a natural dune field with plenty of waste bunkers. The 9th and 18th holes are played around a 50 acre lake. The Scottish berns, deep pot bunkers and rolling greens will remind you of its namesake – The Prestwick Golf Club of Scotland. There are 6 tee boxes for your golf pleasure. The course is surrounded by thick groves of pines, giant oaks, bay trees and stands of natural dogwoods.˜ Prestwick has been awarded the Myrtle Beach 2006 Hospitality Golf Course of the Year award.˜ The upscale clubhouse overlooks the finishing holes. Excellent food and drinks. After playing this wonderful course, sit on the veranda, sip a few and watch your fellow golfers try to negotiate the closing holes.
“The only time you will be permitted to handle your clubs is while playing with them.” From the moment you arrive, each guest is treated like royalty. From the white-gloved caddy master who greets you at the gates, to the club assistants who clean your clubs and shine your shoes after your round, The “Granddaddy” takes great pride in its impeccable level of service. On warm, sunny days, you will be treated to a refreshing mimosa on the course. When the wind blows and there is a nip in the air, you can expect hot chocolate on the first tee and a cup of fresh homemade low-country clam chowder, prepared and served over an open fire from an old black kettle. We welcome you to play the Myrtle Beach’s oldest course (1927) thus its nickname of the Granddaddy and see for yourself why it is so enjoyable to play this par 71 course. The golf course was constructed as a complement to the famed Ocean Forest Hotel and was to be a playground for the rich and famous. Upon the destruction of the hotel, the golf course at Pine Lakes was the only thing remaining. The course has been remodeled over the years and has evolved from the original 27-hole layout to an 18-hole course which is currently on the National Register of Historical Places. Pine Lakes Re opened in March 2009, as Craig Schreiner was contracted to redesign the course. His passion for golf and its architecture is a natural fit in maintaining the historical integrity associated with Robert White’s original design.
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.
King’s North is a result of redesign work done by Arnold Palmer and his group in 1996. Palmer recreated the North course by moving over 400,000 cubic yards of dirt, adding bulkheading, 600 hardwood trees and 7,000 azaleas to go along with the enlarged Crenshaw Bentgrass greens, lakes and bunkers. You will have plenty of water to consider as you navigate this layout. One of the most dramatic and unique holes in golf is the par 5 6th hole nicknamed “The Gambler”. It features an island fairway which offers golfers a risk-reward short cut opportunity to the green for a chance at an eagle. You need two precise shots to benefit from the short cut otherwise danger lurks and your looking at perhaps a double bogey instead.
Water, water everywhere. When you look at the scorecard you’ll see plenty of blue…… Starting with a marina clubhouse on stilts in a 80 acre lake. Actually, the lake winds through the course more to define holes than to be a hazard waiting to swallow your golf ball. The course offers two island greens (a par 3 and a par 4) and the 9th hole – fairway to green – is an island. An excellent test for your golf game.
Unlike its sister courses at the Legends complex, Parkland has lots of marshes, trees, bunkers and undulating greens to make this par 72 a real challenge for your golf game. With its length and design challenges, most golfers feel this is the toughest course at Legends.
Want to test your accuracy? Your short game? Multi-tiered fairways, severe undulating elevated fast greens, collection areas and deep pot bunkers is what you’ll remember. Not much water but plenty of waste bunkers line most of the fairways. If you have “game.” put Moorland on your golf agenda.
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.
A par 71 links style layout. Born in the wonderful tradition of the British Isles links courses. There are a bare minimum of trees and some parallel fairways, Undulating greens and some fairway blind shots make this a fun course to play.
Grande Dunes Resort course is the FINEST Golf Course in Myrtle Beach. The maintenance is superb. 5 holes along the Intracoastal Waterway are on high buffs with ocean breezes blowing across the course. The Spanish style clubhouse is very upscale with excellent food and cold beverages in the lounge. The 19th hole is one of the best on the beach. The large practice area from a chipping and separate putting course. You can chose from 6 tees with yardage from 5,353 to 7,618. The greens are huge with some interesting undulations. Bring your “A” game.
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!”
The Best beach style course at the Beach since it opened in 1968. Tall pines, little rough, large greens and wide fairways make this an excellent starter course to get used to beach conditions. Less than a 1/2 mile from the ocean means you’ll get a good breeze most of the year. The signature hole is #18 par 3 over a lake. It’s 239 yards from the championship tees. No matter which tee box you play from, you’ll be playing directly east into an ocean breeze. Whoa Nellie! Double the bet…Anyone?
Greg Norman’s newest design at Barefoot Resort is unique in many ways. With only 60 acres of mow-able grass existing on all 18 holes, Greg uses stunning waste areas and the site’s natural vegetation to frame each hole. The course resembles one found in the deserts of the southwest, without the desert. The course also features several holes along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway. Norman has already achieved great reviews for his previous work and he is excited about his latest design stating “We have a fabulous piece of property with great elevations and the developer has spared no expenses to insure that this course is the absolute best it can be.”
Carolina native and leading PGA TOUR professional Davis Love, III, may have solidified his reputation as a course designer with his newest creation at Barefoot Resort. Competing with other architects in the Barefoot Resort project such as Fazio, Norman and Dye, Davis was determined to build a course that was unique, visually striking and fun to play. The course even incorporates a replica of ruins from a 17th Century plantation house, similar to ruins found along holes in Scotland and Ireland. You will enjoy wide fairways and generous landing areas. However, don’t get to relaxed as you will be hitting to tough, turtle back designed greens.
Tom Fazio brings his design expertise to a rolling parcel of land at the heart of Barefoot Resort. Golfweek Architecture Editor Brad Klein states that Fazio has “perfected a certain formula for creating overwhelming, lovely holes that are meticulously manicured and pleasant to play.” Living up to such acclaim, Fazio’s Barefoot Resort Course is certain to attract more national acclaim. Off the tees, players will be greeted with stunning visuals and 18 distinct holes that will all be remembered after your round. You will find the par 71 course to be fairly wide open with a good amount of sand in sight. The fairways are undulating. Since there is no turn after 9, make sure to stop the cart attendant for your beverage and food needs as you negotiate the course.
This course, designed by architect Pete Dye, certainly doesn’t stray from his reputation of building memorable and challenging courses. The semi-private course is filled with pitfalls for wayward shots, native grass and exceptional elevations. Bordering the white sands of the Carolina Bays is what makes this course a great pick for your golf vacation in Myrtle Beach.
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.
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.