Title: Golfing with the Ghosts: Myrtle Beach’s Haunted Fairways
Myrtle Beach has always been known as the golf capital of the world. With over 60 golf courses, it presents a paradise for both the avid and the recreational golfer. However, beneath the lush fairways and 18-hole oases, lies a lesser known but fascinating narrative of haunted happenings and ghost stories which mystify and allure golfers and non-golfers alike.
Let’s venture into the paranormal side of Myrtle Beach’s golf courses.
Perhaps one of the most famous venues boasting of spectral sightings is the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club. Lining the fairways at this highly prestigious golf course is a magnolia-lined drive which was once the site of a rice plantation. The plantation’s now deceased owner, Dr. Robert Nesbit, apparently didn’t leave with his passing. His phantom presence is frequently reported by groundskeepers and golfers. Sightings usually involve an old gentleman wandering about, quietly distancing himself upon any attempted engagement. The spiritual connection with Caledonia extends further claiming that photos taken on the 14th hole often have a ghostly third figure, believed to be Dr. Nesbit himself, joining unexpected duos.
The Heron Point Golf Club carries its own supernatural tale. Formerly known as Sea Gull Golf Club, many attribute an unexplained phenomena to Henry, the Captain’s that once lived on the 4th hole. Henry, lost to the sea while battling a brutal storm, returned to his earthly home posthumously. His maritime spirit sometimes appears to golfers on misty mornings, seemingly distraught and in search of his lost vessel. The calm, almost melancholy figure of Henry has startled a few golfers, but he has never been reported as a menacing presence. Henry’s longing for his lost ship reminds us that even in the afterlife, the beguiling lure of the sea remains potent.
In the shadows of the leafy overhangs of the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, another ghostly tale unfolds. Designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1949, it’s repeatedly ranked among the top golf courses in the U.S. Guests at the course have reported unusual happenings, particularly around the 11th hole known as “Waterloo”. The hole features a sharp dogleg right around Singleton Lake. The ghost of a native Indian woman believed to drown in this lake has been seen wandering near the 11th hole. Her ghostly figure often vanishes just as suddenly as it appears, leaving golfers intrigued and chilled to the bone.
Our last stop takes us to the True Blue Golf Club, reputed for an ethereal coachman who frequents the grounds. Originally a 19th-century indigo and rice plantation, the property carries a history of confederate riches and civil war melancholy. Sightings of a Civil War-era stagecoach and driver are common in the early morning fog. The spectral coachman, forever rooted to his bygone era, creates an eerie sigh across the landscape as he traverses the sprawling property.
Even as these supernatural tales persist, one can have a blessedly normal game of golf at these impressive courses. It is not the fear but rather the sheer curiosity and the connection to the region’s rich, tumultuous history that brings these ghost stories to life. They blend with the region’s Southern charm, adding a unique character to each round of golf you play.
Whether you believe in these spectral tales or simply enjoy them as fanciful folklore, there can be no denying that Myrtle Beach’s golf courses offer visitors much more than its pristine fairways and challenging greens. They beckon with charming tales of yesteryears, ghostly sightings, and stirring mysteries—a unique blend of sport and spookiness.
So, on your next trip to Myrtle Beach, if you find yourself in a foggy dawn on an empty fairway, feel the shiver down your spine, the flutter in your heart – it’s just another golfer in the club… from the other side.