Willowbrook Plantation named one of the top 50 courses by Golf for Women, offers players of all levels a challenging round with beautiful scenery. This course takes you back in time to the late 1700’s where it used to be a rice plantation, and believe us, the beauty has not been lost. Each hole offers a unique challenge making it the perfect course for your next golf weekend getaway.
Top 10 … 4.5 Star Rated. A cross between Pinehurst # 2 and Pine Valley. This course is extremely challenging with a 145 slope. Lots of deep, deep traps… some double head high! Most of the par 3’s are elevated with bunkers from tee to green. The first 4 holes will snap you into reality.
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.
A stunning combination of natural waste areas, coquina fairway boulders, native grasses, wildflowers and elevation changes up to 60 feet make this a challenging layout. The new fast G2 bent grass undulating greens offer formidable opposition to the birdie you were hoping for. One of the top golf courses in North Carolina. A 4.5* gem. Many signature holes including an island green par 3 and the waterfall #18.
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.
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.
Challenging, but equally beautiful, Pawley’s Plantation by Jack Nicklaus offers a scenic event with every round. Among the most unforgettable features are a tremendous double green, a dramatic split fairway, and breathtaking lake and marsh views. A 300 yard dike bulk-headed for cart traffic leads to a set of tees where the golfer can play the par 3 #13 from a distance of 40 to 145 yards – both shots are across the marsh. This signature course ranked among the top courses in South Carolina in Golf Digest’s 1997 Rankings.
Ever played out of a ‘dreaded’ oyster shell bunker… Close your eyes and swing hard. Two island greens, ocean breezes and fast undulating greens make this course a real challenge. A superb ‘Visual Delight.’ It has been rated Golf Digest’s 1983 Resort Course of the Year and has received a 4.5-star rating in Golf Digest’s Places to Play publication. Many consider it to be a Top 10 Course in the Myrtle Beach area. Located 8 miles into North Carolina at Sunset Beach.
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.
If a player can tame the Long Bay Club, he or she may feel confident enough to take on the Golden Bear as this Jack Nicklaus designed course is considered by many as one of the more difficult layouts on the Grand Strand. This links style course has countless large man-made mounds and can be quite a challenge near the green. Where did some of the dirt come from for the mounding? Why the numerous bottomless bunkers that surround the small Bermuda landing areas. One of the most recognizable holes in golf is the par 4 #10 hole with the striking horseshoe waste bunker that runs up to the green. Bring your A game.
LEOPARD’S CHASE is the newest of the Big Cats family of courses. It opened for public play in February 2007. It is the premier course of the four Cats courses. This newest Cat has quickly received rave reviews for its challenging layout as designed by Tim Cate. This will soon be ranked as one of the must-play courses on the Grand Strand. Course management is the key when playing this highly regarded layout. You will find (hopefully not too often) large bunkers in just the right places. There is a lot of rolling hills feel and you will be tested with many forced carries. The 18th is a spectacular finishing hole. As you stand at the tee box, you will be faced with a 150-yard bunker on the right between the fairway and lake and a 50-yard bunker on the left between the fairway and another lake. Then, you will encounter a two-tiered pond and coquina shell-based waterfall on the short left side of the green as you approach.
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.
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.
Glen Dornoch was uniquely built one hole at a time, which makes it one of the most talked-about courses in Myrtle Beach. Unlike most flat coastal golf courses, Glen Dornoch has several natural 35-foot elevation changes and a lush variety of oaks, pines and magnolias. While this course starts off tame, making it great for warming up, the last 3 holes will really put your game to the test. After your round, be sure to visit The Pub, offering homemade salads, sandwiches and delicious specials.
Caledonia is rated 4.5 stars and considered by many as the?Best Course in the Myrtle Beach area. This par 70 course provides a dazzling display of unique golf holes over marsh, lakes, waste bunkers and sand. This low country course is built upon a former rice plantation. Rated as one of the TOP 31 upscale courses in America! Caledonia is a truly unique experience and it is and incredible beauty. Tee Times are limited and this course books up fast. One of Golfmaster Jim’s favorite courses.
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.
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.
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.
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.