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Myrtle Beach Golf
When visitors come to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a vacation, it is hard to consider wanting to participate in anything other than grabbing some beach gear, smearing on some suntan lotion and heading out to the beach to enjoy a day of frolicking in the Carolina surf. For those who crave some land-based vacation fun and a relaxing way to get their sport on, Myrtle Beach offers a huge variety of golf courses that are guaranteed to provide some challenging play for the golfing enthusiast. Whether you’re staying in the North Strand, the South Strand, or in the heart of Myrtle Beach, a challenging course if most likely just around the corner.
Indeed, with more than 100 courses in the Grand Strand area alone, it is no wonder why many people consider Myrtle Beach the “Golf Capital of the World.” Whether you are just starting out or have been playing for years, there is sure to be a course to suit any level of play within this golfer’s paradise.
Myrtle Beach has a rich and unique golfing history. The very first course built in Myrtle Beach was the famous Ocean Forest Golf Course and Club back in 1927. It was conceptualized and owned by a textile magnate who dreamed of having a resort area, golf course and clubhouse that the vacationing rich, such as the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts could frequent during summer holidays to the shore. Eventually, the course was sold in the mid-1940s and was renamed Pine Lakes International and is still in operation today with many of the holes reflecting the original design and layout of when it first opened. Another interesting fact about Pine Lakes International is that it is the birthplace of Sports Illustrated magazine. The idea for a weekly magazine geared towards the sports enthusiast was formed at this location in the mid-1950s.
Though there are many great courses to choose from in Myrtle Beach, some are truly exceptional. In addition to providing challenging holes and layouts, many also provide beautiful scenery and the opportunity to glimpse some of the local wildlife such as alligators, snapping turtles, blue herons and more. Hotels and rental companies can provide excellent suggestions on nearby courses for those looking to squeeze in a few rounds while on vacation. Here are a few of the Grand Strand’s best courses that are definite must-plays for the golfing enthusiast.
The Caledonia Golf Club in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, combines great golf with old-world Southern charm. This course is built on a working rice plantation and golfers will enjoy beautiful views of centuries old live oaks and more as they drive, par and putt their way through a course that was named one of ‘America’s 100 Best Modern Courses’ by Golfweek magazine. A grill room restaurant is also available for those looking for refreshments after a fun afternoon of play and golfing packages are available for those looking to play more than one round. Many vacationers will hear the word ‘Dunes’ when they come to Myrtle Beach and it’s not just a reference to the dunes that line the Carolina coast.
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club is one of the most popular courses in the area. It was built in the late 1940s and was re-designed several times in later years by the famous golf architect Robert Trent Jones. Golfers visiting this course can expect fast greens and some breathtaking views of the ocean from some of the holes, but players of all levels will find this course fun and an excellent choice for some laid-back competitive fun.
Sitting high on a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is the famous Tidewater Golf Course and Plantation. Boasting amazing scenery, long fairways and challenging play, this course layout holds the honor of being the only one to be named “Best New Course” by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest. Golfers will truly have an ultimate sporting experience at this course as they make their way through 18 challenging holes.
There are many more excellent courses that Myrtle Beach has to offer, and with over 100 to choose from, there is definitely a course for any golfer of any level. A great thing about Myrtle Beach is that golf can be experienced here almost year round due to great weather. Play is popular in the spring months of March, April and May and also in the fall months of September, October and November so pricing may be a little higher during these times, but golfers can find some excellent deals in the off months of June, July and August. Come down to the ‘Golf Capital of the World’ in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for your next vacation and don’t forget your clubs!