Tee Up: 5 Best Myrtle Beach Golf Courses

January 09th, 2018
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Myrtle Beach golf is a paradise for golfers of all types, if only for the sheer abundance of courses available.

With 90 courses stretched along the South Carolina coastline, there's bound to be one that appeals to everyone in your party.

Home to fun layouts and playable greens, you'll find a combination of beautiful scenery and approachability not found among the country's most exclusive golf clubs.

More importantly, there are enough options to for every budget. There's no need to break the bank playing a single round.

Here are the best five courses every Myrtle Beach golf enthusiast should play at least once.

1. Caledonia Fish & Golf Club

Architect: Mike Strantz

Holes: 18

Par: 70

Greens: Bermuda Grass

Address: 369 Caledonia Dr, Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585

Caledonia is everything you'd expect from a premium Lowcountry golf course. From the moment you drop off your bags to the cold towels you receive at end of play, visitors and residents consider Caledonia worth every penny.

And if you've been dreaming of playing golf in the past, Caledonia is the place.

Located on the south end of the Grand Strand, the course runs along the Waccamaw River for picturesque South Carolinian views. The fairways are dotted with live oaks, each covered in earthy Spanish moss.

The best part? You'll find packages combining a round at Caledonia with a round at True Blue across the street for a two-in-one session.

2. Tidewater Golf Club

Architect: Ken Tomlinson

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Greens: Bent

Address: 1400 Tidewater Rd, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582

If you're looking for an excuse to send that 'out of office' email, Tidewater Golf Club is it.

Although it offers a standard 18 holes, the challenge presented by some of the holes means the pace of play can be as slow as you make it. But that's alright because the grounds are a great place to while away the day in the South Carolina sun.

Keep in mind that if you play fast golf, you may find yourself waiting at each turn.

Waiting isn't all bad, though. In fact, if you're backed up on #3, 4, 9, 12, or 13, then you'll have extra time to appreciate the spectacular views.

Trust us, you won't be disappointed.

Tidewater offers the service of a high-end golf club without the price tag. The staff is renowned for their friendliness - their willingness to help extends beyond the bounds of Southern hospitality.

Every golf cart is also equipped with GPS to enhance the playing experience - you won't even find that at Caledonia.

3. TPC Myrtle Beach

Architect: Tom Fazio & Lanny Wadkins

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Greens: MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermuda

Address: 1199 TPC Blvd, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576

Visitors to TPC Myrtle Beach arrive for the challenge. With bunkers, water, and a few forced carries, the layout of this course will put most intermediate level golfers to the test across the first seven holes.

After a few strokes, you're quickly reminded that course architect Tom Fazio was assisted in his decision making by Lanny Wadkins, whose PGA Tour player status meant he's no stranger to the most challenging courses in the country.

The final 11 holes offer some relief but the water keeps them challenging enough for those who desire it. Still, a bit of prior knowledge will go a long way.

The scenery, which includes oak and pine forests and Lowcountry marshes, makes the challenge worthwhile.

Still, you may find yourself encouraged to pick up the pace by the fourth hole.

Not sure you're ready for the greens? Go for the practice facility instead. The facilities include a full-length, targeted driving range, large putting green, and a short game area complete with a sand bunker.

In fact, you're more likely to catch current PGA tour players putting around the practice area than the course.

Dustin Johnson even had a school here.

4. Barefoot Resort & Golf Club

Architect: Pete Dye

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Greens: Champion UltraDwarf

Address: 4980 Barefoot Resort Bridge Rd., North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582

Barefoot Resort & Golf Club was designed by Pete Dye, another PGA pro, and it shows. The course layout is both challenging and interesting, ensuring you'll remain fully engaged in all 18 holes.

At first glance from the tee, you may suspect there's no fairway out there. But don't worry, there is - it's all part of Pete Dye's plan to challenge your mental stamina as well as your physical skill.

Golfers who are interested more in precision than enjoying a day out will take more away from this course. The right mood is required for the full experience.

Otherwise, the greens are in good condition and the Dye club, like all Barefoot clubs, offer GPS-enabled carts, which prevents too much additional frustration.

Not a strong golfer? Head out for a round of Myrtle Beach golf midweek - you'll get better rates and the pace of play will be less frantic.

5. True Blue

Architect: Mike Strantz

Holes: 18

Par: 72

Greens: Tif Eagle Bermuda

Address: 900 Blue Stem Dr., Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585

Want to play a Mike Strantz Myrtle Beach golf course but can't get the group to commit to Caledonia? Head across the street to True Blue.

True Blue is only yards away from Caledonia, but it's a world away in style and play.

Built on a rice and indigo plantation, True Blue blends golf course design and art. The course blends in perfectly with its Lowcountry surroundings and as you round the next hole, you'll forget for a moment that you're on a perfectly manicured golf course and not wandering through time.

The course is challenging; there are no bunkers but you'll find sand in every hole. You're provided with range balls as part of your greens fees - use them all for bunker practice.

You'll need it.

Myrtle Beach Golf for Everyone

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