Title: Golf Course Magic: Experiencing the Wonder of Myrtle Beach
Welcome to Myrtle Beach, the gem in the heart of South Carolina’s coastline that has carved its identity as the undisputed golf capital of the world. Sprawling with over 100 perfectly manicured courses, this Southern belle of a seaside town serves as an irresistible magnet, attracting passionate golfers from around the globe. With each golf club teeming with its own brand of magic, get ready to experience the golf wonderland that is Myrtle Beach.
The first whiff of Myrtle Beach’s golf grandeur triggers an outright sensory experience. Being a Myrtle Beach local, I can tell you, it comes with the unparalleled blend of warm balmy breezes, the distant salty scent of the Atlantic, and the mildly intoxicating aroma of dew-kissed Bentgrass under your feet. Hinting at what the day holds, the morning sun warmly caresses a vast stretch of emerald terrain, highlighting the intricacy of the courses against the dazzling aqua ocean vista. This idyllic setting alone can lace your every swing with an indescribable touch of magic.
Choosing a favorite from among Myrtle Beach’s broad spectrum of golf courses can feel like being a connoisseur in a wine cellar. However, a few courses that stand out in their ability to provide transcendent golf experiences.
Among them is the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, hailed as the crown jewel of Myrtle Beach golf. Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, the Dunes Club offers breathtakingly beautiful yet strategically challenging play, packed with pristine fairways that meander through maritime forests and low-country freshwater lakes. Featuring the signature par-5 13th, best known as ‘Waterloo’, this hole is famously tricky but beautifully captivating with Lake Singleton brushing against the right side of the fairway.
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is another scene-stealer. Nestled within an antebellum rice plantation, this course is a place where history, Southern charm, and golfing excellence collide. Its moss-draped live oaks, picturesque flower beds, and the scenic marsh views will sweep you off your feet. At the stroke of twilight, the expansive wraparound porch offers golfers a perfect spot to unwind, nursing their drinks and relishing the day’s play from the 18th green.
True Blue is the sister course of Caledonia but radiates its individualistic charm. With vast rolling fairways filled with native flora and fauna and impressive elevation changes, True Blue is a testament to Mike Strantz’s genius, pitched by thrilling risk-reward opportunities. The natural beauty and the crux of creativity in design provide an unforgettable golfing experience to the players.
Barefoot Resort & Golf, designed by golf legends like Tom Fazio, Greg Norman, and Davis Love III, has a bevy of courses that will leave you spellbound. The Fazio course serves up a visual treat with a daunting fusion of extensive bunkering and freshwater ponds. The Love course is a masterstroke that incorporates the ruins of an old plantation home on several holes.
What amplifies the charm of Myrtle Beach’s golf scene are the unique golfing events hosted all year round. The World Amateur Handicap Championship is arguably the most inclusive and perhaps the most enjoyable golfing event on the planet. A melting pot of golfing enthusiasts, boasting 3000+ players, this tournament, organized by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, beautifully mirrors the town’s spirit of inclusivity.
After a day of golf, the sun sinks into the horizon, allowing the city lights of Myrtle Beach to take over and the soothing Atlantic whispers to cruise through the balmy air. This beach town is an all-encompassing experience with its post-golf attractions of bustling nightlife, fine dining, shopping, and family-based attractions.
The city’s spellbinding allure makes your golfing journey an odyssey filled with unforgettable memories. Every golf course in Myrtle Beach is an enchanting chapter in the town’s grand golf narrative. The allure of its generous greens, challenging roughs, and awe-inspiring views are intricately woven to create golf’s unique tapestry of magic. This magic isn’t dominated by skill or score, but by the shared reverence for the wisdom of the game.
Come to Myrtle Beach, where every golfer, pro or amateur, can admire the extraordinary craftsmanship of course design and marvel at the breathtaking landscapes. It’s where dreams are built with sand, trees, water, and the tough yet forgiving Bermuda grass. This is where the magic happens – on the golf courses of Myrtle Beach: the wonder of the golf world.