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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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!