Title: Golf Course Adventures: Unique Experiences in Myrtle Beach
As a Myrtle Beach local and a dedicated golf enthusiast, I am privileged to enjoy one of the world’s premier golf destinations – a coastal paradise that offers more than 80 golf courses with unbeatable views, challenging designs, and unparalleled southern hospitality.
Just as Myrtle Beach itself boasts a rich tapestry of diverse cultures, art scenes, and cuisines, our golf courses present a thrilling array of designs and experiences that cater to golfers of every skill level, taste, and preference.
First, let me take you on a virtual tour of the Dunes Golf and Beach Club. Nestled against the Atlantic coastline, this semi-private course designed by ‘the Grand Old Man’ Robert Trent Jones is the epitome of classic design. Characterized by rolling fairways within the sandy dunes, natural water hazards, and the infamous par-5 13th hole, famously known as “Waterloo,” – you’re not just playing golf here, you’re stepping into a unique chapter of American golf history.
A short drive south, you’ll find Caledonia Golf and Fish Club. Michael Strantz, once he has masterfully transformed this antebellum rice plantation into a perfect blend of artistry and architecture, designed this beautiful parkland-style course. It’s an adventure into the past, where centuries-old live oaks draped with Spanish moss line the fairways, and evidence of the property’s previous life blends seamlessly into the design. Not to mention, the approach to the 18th green, maneuvering through a thin strip along tidal marshes, is arguably one of the most scenic finishes in golf.
True Blue Plantation is another Strantz masterpiece where design meets thrill. Here, Strantz reimagines golf course design, weaving the fairways, and greens between native grasses, pine forests, and countless acres of waste sand. It’s a roller-coaster adventurist’s golfing daydream that combines an exciting variety of hole designs, like the drive-able par-4 4th and a monstrous par-5 1st hole.
In Myrtle Beach, you can also delve into our collection of premier 27-holes courses – a hallmark feature of Myrtle Beach. For example, the Arrowhead Country Club features three 9-hole tracks, The Waterway, The Cypress, and The Lakes nines, offering diverse challenges ranging from strategic water hazards to tree-lined fairways. This Raymond Floyd and Tom Jackson collaboration provides a unique experience each round, ensuring every visit feels like a new adventure.
Of course, no article on Myrtle Beach golf can ignore the king of all Myrtle Beach golf facilities, Barefoot Resort. Home to four distinct courses designed by four golfing legends – Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Pete Dye, and Tom Fazio – Barefoot Resort is an audacious experiment in golf course architecture. Each course offers an individual and unforgettable golf adventure – from Fazio’s classic Lowcountry style course to Dye’s rugged and dramatic layout with its native waste areas and challenging peninsula greens.
Lastly, for those seeking a thorough homage to the sport, I recommend the World Tour Golf Links. Here, each hole is a recreation of the world’s most famous golf holes, like Augusta National’s Amen Corner or TPC Sawgrass’ Island Green. Here, you can indulge in a ‘world tour’’ without leaving the idyllic surroundings of Myrtle Beach.
The golf scene in Myrtle Beach provides golfers with much more than just a round on the greens. It offers you the opportunity to tread the footsteps of golfing legends, experience groundbreaking course designs, and get lost in the breathtaking beauty of our unique coastal landscape. Coupled with our warm weather year-round and the welcoming Carolina charm, it’s easy to see why Myrtle Beach is championed as the golf capital of the world.
Remember, golf is not just a sport; it’s an adventure, and in Myrtle Beach, it’s an adventure you won’t forget. So, pack your clubs, and let the unforgettable journey commence in Myrtle Beach style!