With nearly 100 golf courses within a 60-mile radius of the Grand Strand, it’s hard to pick just five. But golf calls for tough choices, so here are our handful of favorites:
- Dunes Golf & Beach Club: This semi-private club was the second golf course in Myrtle Beach and helped launch the Grand Strand as a golf destination. The Dunes Club remains one of the top layouts in the Carolinas, thanks in part to its scenic location along the Atlantic Ocean. Watch out for alligators on the fairways and double bogeys in the water on the signature hole, the No. 13 Waterloo.
- Caledonia Golf & Fish Club: Located in Pawleys Island, this course is the crown jewel of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Built on a former rice and indigo plantation, Caledonia exudes old Southern charm from your arrival through rows of live oaks draped with Spanish moss to the 19th hole at the antebellum-style clubhouse. In between, play in a scenic setting of tidal creeks and swamps and dense hardwood forests.
- Grand Dunes Golf Resort: This state-of-the-art facility includes two championship 18-hole layouts, a golf school, driving range and practice greens, and a luxurious environment from the course to the clubhouse. A limited number of public rounds are available at this semi-private club on the north end of Myrtle Beach.
- Barefoot Golf Resort: Located in North Myrtle Beach, just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Barefoot Landing, this golf compound offers four 18-hole layouts designed by some of the greats kin the game and golf architecture – Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, David Love III, Greg Norman – for whom each course is named.
- TPC Myrtle Beach: This championship layout has been home to several big-time tournaments, including the 2000 Senior PGA Tour Championship. Desoigned with competitive golf in mind, this is a great place to test your skills on the south end of Strand.