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.
Walk in the footsteps of the PGA TOUR legends. Experience the crack of a well-struck tee shot as it echoes through the century old trees. Match your best shot against those of the players on the SENIOR PGA TOUR. Play tournament quality conditions year round. These are just a few of the many reasons you’ll want to visit the Grand Strand’s ultimate golf destination – the Tournament Players Club of Myrtle Beach. Designed by Tom Fazio in concert with Lanny Watkins (PGA Tour player consultant), the TPC of Myrtle Beach offers one of the most extraordinary golfing experiences on the east coast.
With its magnificent views of the Intracoastal Waterway, saltwater marshes and Atlantic Ocean…and undulating Tif eagle greens…Tidewater has been called as pure as the ocean breezes that blow across it. Ranked by Golf Digest as the “Best New Public Golf Course in America” when it opened in 1990, Tidewater continues to maintain a top ranking in Myrtle Beach. Golf Magazine has ranked Tidewater as one of the premier golf courses in the country every year since recognizing it as one of the top ten new golf courses built in 1990. Recently rated #39 in Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You Can Play” listing, Tidewater is committed to giving each guest a total golf experience only found at the highest echelon of golf courses. Top 10 … 4.5 Star Rated. Situated on a seaside Peninsula of bluffs, the course meanders back and forth along side the Intracoastal Waterway with views of the Atlantic Ocean. The course was renovated with new traps, tif eagle greens and additional landscaping.
There is no other way to say it — Thistle is a “Superb” 4.5 star rated 27 hole Scottish Links course. Putt on smooth, fast undulating huge Bent grass greens. If you wander off the fairway you’ll truly encounter Scotland at its best with lots of native grasses, heather and wild flowers. Pretty and challenging at the same time. The fairways are generous with lots of up and down hilly shots and mounds. You can bump and run most shots into the greens or fly them in to receptive greens. Not only are the course conditions superb but so is the course playability. Unique to the Myrtle Beach area, Thistle offers 12 minute tee times. That’s the rule. By doing so, you enjoy a full hole open in front and behind you. A relaxed 4 hour round is the norm. It’s like playing on your own country club. Ten tee times are blocked in the morning for a two hour period and the same is true in the afternoon. You may want to consider pre-booking an afternoon replay so you can experience the entire 27 hole layout. Exceptional conditioning and superb service along with complimentary range balls and yardage booklet exist to provide you with a truly enjoyable and memorable golf experience. There are 5 different tee boxes to choose from so you can definitely test your golfing skills at the Thistle.
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.
Arnold took a superb piece of land and built a superb golf course. 7 holes are on the Shallotte river and are very scenic with marsh grasses. This 4.5 star course is stunningly panoramic with dramatic elevation changes from bluffs to low lying marsh areas. Many of the holes have high risk… great chances for snowmen or eagles. A very challenging course and one of Arnold Palmer’s best designs. A “must play” course for your golf lineup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.