Title: Golf Course Adventures: Experiencing the Thrill of Myrtle Beach
Born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the beautiful, vibrant, and active setting of the Grand strand has been my home. As a passionate golfer and a local of this beach paradise, I can proudly say that Myrtle Beach offers some of the world’s most captivating and challenging golf courses.
Myrtle Beach, also dubbed as the ‘Golf Capital of the World’, flaunts over seventy golf courses stretching over the beautiful South Carolina coast. The courses invite golfers of all levels, each boasting unique designs, an alluring blend of nature, and top-tier facilities. They span from traditional to contemporary layouts, themed courses influenced by the world’s most renowned golf destinations, and those that dance artistically around natural marshes, providing golfers a delightful mix of experiences.
Our adventure begins with the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, arguably one of the most iconic golfing venues here. Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, this course has hosted several PGA and USGA events throughout history. The Dunes are notorious for “Waterloo,” the 13th hole, a daunting dogleg right around Lake Singleton, requiring an expert drive and much courage from golfers. Reflecting on my myriad encounters with this beast, both victories and defeats, it is indeed a challenging thrill wrapped in unforgettable scenery.
Envision a merger of golf and nature, and you have Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, another behemoth golfing marvel in Lowcountry style at Myrtle Beach. The course, designed by Mike Strantz, famously integrates the natural landscape and wildlife, creating a transcendental golfing experience. The 18th hole brings a dramatic end to the round, requiring a shot over water with the beautiful Antebellum-style clubhouse as backdrop. The emotional roller coaster that ensues here is an unparalleled adventure in its own right.
True Blue Plantation, Caledonia’s companion course, holds its own among Myrtle Beach’s illustrious golf roster with its broad fairways, artistically placed bunkers, and vast greens. The course invokes the original plantations’ spirit and grandeur, offering a unique flavor to golfers. If your taste in golf adventure leans towards expansive sandy areas, undulating greens, and massive fairways, True Blue answers the calling.
Tidewater Golf Club is another gem in the golfing kingdom of Myrtle Beach. This course spectacularly combines the invigorating essence of coastal golfing with the stunning precision of architectural design. My personal favorite, the 12th hole, provides a stunning panorama of the Marsh and Cherry Grove Pier. From my experiences, the unforgiving winds often make it an unpredictable adventure.
The Barefoot Resort possesses four distinctly designed golf courses: Greg Norman, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, and Davis Love III, each presenting their thrilling challenges and allure. The Fazio course, with its natural vegetation and extensive sand-bunkering, has often tested my precision, while the Love course, high-lighted by recreated ruins of an old plantation home, has taken me on a golfing journey back in time.
In Myrtle Beach golf, the thrill isn’t limited to the courses alone. The ventures extend to the slew of nearby beach activities, local festivals, the enchanting seafood cuisine, and the southern charm infused in hospitality. The golf community here is as warm as our weather, carrying an infectious passion for the sport, making the social experience of Myrtle Beach just as rewarding as the game itself.
Whether you are a seasoned golfer hunting for your next big adventure or a newbie looking to break into the sport, Myrtle Beach holds the promise of an unforgettable golfing journey. This golf paradise, with its golden sunrise over emerald greens, salty breeze, whispering pines, and vibrant local life, will deliver excitement, challenge and, above all, an adventure that keeps calling you back to the Grand Strand.
As my golf-loving father always used to say, “Life isn’t about counting the strokes, but the moments that take our breath away”. And believe me, in Myrtle Beach, those moments are waiting at every turn, in every swing.