April 2, 2021

Where the Locals Play: Myrtle Beach Golf Courses

With so many golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area, it can be hard to know which links are legendary and which are lackluster. So we polled 10 avid golfers—all members of our South Atlantic Bank family—to help uncover the “can’t miss” courses favored by local residents.

Surf Golf and Beach Club

1701 Springland Ln.

North Myrtle Beach, SC 295852

(843) 249-1021

As North Myrtle Beach’s premier country club, The Surf Golf and Beach Club showcases a Par 72 course with 18 holes crafted to complement its beautiful setting. The challenging course is a George Cobb design that utilizes 200 acres of gently contoured, varied terrain. The greens were recently renovated in 2016 by John Lafoy and converted from Bentgrass to Champion.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

369 Caledonia Dr.

Pawley’s Island, SC 29585

(843) 237-3675

One of the area’s most highly awarded courses, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club was picked as a favorite by the majority of our team members. The 6,526-yard, par-70 course has been described as having “18 signature holes” and is noted for its beautiful scenery. Our favorite hole is the par-3, 118-yard ninth hole, Caledonia’s shortest, but one that requires careful consideration and skill if you plan to putt for birdie.

The Dunes Beach and Golf Club

9000 N. Ocean Blvd.

Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

(843) 449-5236

For more than seven decades, The Dunes Beach and Golf Club has welcomed golfers onto its fabled links, which have also played host to many PGA, LPGA, and USGA events over the years. This Robert Trent Jones design includes the par-5 13th hole, affectionally nicknamed “Waterloo”—an extreme right dogleg around Lake Singleton. It’s one of the world’s most famous holes and one that’s worth every minute you’ll spend trying to get a tee time at the Dunes Club.

Wachesaw Plantation Club

1930 Governors Landing

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 357-1263

This 6,833-yard, par-72 Tom Fazio design, known as Wachesaw Plantation Club, features elevation changes—quite rare for the Carolina Lowcountry—and beautiful, moss-draped live oaks scattered throughout. You’ll need to finish strong—Wachesaw’s 18th hole, a 565-yard par 4, boasts water on the left, trees on the right, and a green surrounded by sand. And you’ll approach the 18th green under the watchful eye of a clubhouse porch full of duffers, cheering (or jeering) every attempt to carry the water.

Arrowhead Country Club

1201 Burcale Rd.

Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

(843) 236-3243

Visit Arrowhead Country Club, and you’ll be presented with three distinct nine-hole courses: the Waterway, the Cypress, and the Lakes, each with its own uniqueness and intricacies. Raymond Floyd and Tom Jackson worked together to create this 27-hole must-play for golfers of all skill levels. However, hook your tee shot on the Waterway course’s par-4, 407-yard fifth hole, and your ball will be swimming in South Carolina’s Intracoastal Waterway. Be careful—there’s also a pond on the right, which can be hidden from view as you approach the fifth green

Pine Lakes Country Club

5603 Granddaddy Dr.

Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

(843) 315-7700

Myrtle Beach’s first golf course is a part of Pine Lakes Country Club. Known far and wide as “The Granddaddy,” Pine Lakes is also home to the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame. This historic layout was developed by Scottish golf architect Robert White, who had a singular goal of building a European-style course in the Lowcountry. His efforts paid off handsomely, as his course truly stands the test of time. Hole #11—a 155-yard par 3 that’s harder than it looks—has sent many golfers back to their bags for a second ball, thanks to the water that blocks the left and front sides of the green.

Blackmoor Golf Club

6100 Longwood Dr.

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 650-5555

Blackmoor, Gary Player’s only Grand Strand signature course, is built on the historic Longwood Plantation, which parallels the Waccamaw River. As the world’s most traveled golfer, Player was able to use his wisdom and talent to provide a challenging course for the most capable golfer. Yet, the clever layout provides the high handicapper a very fun round. When you couple the charm of this course with its truly hospitable staff and inviting facilities, Blackmoor becomes a “must-play” year after year.

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