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Myrtle Beach Golf Course Reviews

Surf Golf & Beach Club

My husband and I played The Surf Golf and Beach Club on Sunday March 23 and had a wonderful time.  We were joined in our round by Mike Bartlett, owner of Grand Strand Home Improvements.  The weather was a little humid but the golf course was in outstanding condition as usual.  The Surf Club is one of my favorite places… Read more

A Great Day at Magnolia Greens

My husband and I recently had the privilege of being invited to participate in a golf outing at Magnolia Greens Golf Course.  The weather was perfect, the golf course was in outstanding condition and the day could not have been more pleasant.  A big thanks to PGA professional Rick Farrell and his entire staff for the wonderful experience. THE CHAMPIONSHIP… Read more

The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (November 30, 2012) – You know the name Pete Dye. You also know the man’s reputation for building challenging golf courses that will certainly punish the errant shot. However, often lost is Dye’s ability to create stunning designs that utilize every bit of the native terrain. The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort & Golf combines all… Read more

Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club – Updated

CAROLINA SHORES, NC (September 2, 2012) – It has been more than two years since my last visit to Carolina Shores (read old review here). They are in the process of doing considerable work on the course. Trees are being removed and a few holes are actually being redesigned. The charm of the course, which is a local’s favorite, will… Read more

Lockwood Folly Country Club

HOLDEN BEACH, NC (September 1, 2012) – Golfers staying in the North Myrtle Beach area, may wonder if a trip to Lockwood Folly is worth the drive. Rest assured it’s well worth the trip. When opened in 1988 the course was nominated as a top 10 new course in North Carolina followed in 2000 as a 4-star Golf Digest “Places… Read more

River Oaks Golf Plantation – Updated

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (August 18, 2012) – It’s been just about two years since I’ve visited River Oaks Golf Plantation ( read old review here).  The Gene Hamm and Tom Jackson designed layout features three, nine-hole tracks – Fox, Otter and Bear. It has a strong history as a challenging, but affordable layout. East Coast Golf Management is restoring this… Read more

River Club

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (August 15, 2012) – In 1997 the local newspaper, The Sun News, published The 100 Greatest Golf Holes Along the Grand Strand. River Club holes No. 14 and 18 were included. More than 15-years later there is no reason to think things have changed. No. 14 seems innocent enough at only 149-yards from the White Tees and… Read more

Waterway Hills Golf Club

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (March 31, 2012) – So, you’ve played more than your share of golf and believe you’ve seen everything. You’ve played both links and traditional layouts. You’ve ridden a ferry to your tee time and possibly even slept in your car to play the best “munie” in the world. However, my bet is you’ve never ridden a gondola… Read more

Aberdeen Country Club

LONGS, SC (March 30, 2012) – The 17th hole on the Old Course at St. Andrews is like no other hole in the world and gave fame to the term “Road Hole.” It’s my guess that numerous golfers bound for the Myrtle Beach Area and arriving on Highway 9 have used the term “road hole” when passing Aberdeen Country Club…. Read more

Myrtle Beach National South Creek

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (February 26, 2012) – Although it’s the lesser-known Arnold Palmer Signature Course at Myrtle Beach National, SouthCreek is a favorite of members, locals and visiting golfers. The Blue Tees measure 6416 yards with a 71.0/128 rating/slope. The White Tees are a modest 6089 yards at 69.4/124. The Men’s Gold Tees are 5711 yards, 67.7/116 and the Ladies… Read more

The Wizard Golf Club

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (January 19, 2012) – As you approach The Wizard you’re immediately struck with the Scottish style castle clubhouse. Old world golf is exactly what you can expect from this Dan Maples masterpiece. Often subtle (but significant) elevation changes, deep bunkers, mounded fairways all add to the experience of this special course. For this Par 71 the numbers… Read more

The Witch Golf Club

CONWAY, SC (January 18, 2012) – Many golf courses state that they harmoniously blend Mother Nature and their course layout. Actually, many architects do take advantage of the local terrain to carry out their design. However, few golf courses can match this Dan Maples gem for combining pure natural beauty and outstanding playability. This Par 71 winds its way through… Read more

The Man O’ War Golf Club

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (January 16, 2012) – With its rustic clubhouse sitting over the edge of a 100-acre lake, visiting golfers may very well have a preview of what awaits them. This Dan Maples gem displays water on almost every hole. The course has some muscle. A stout 6967 yards from the Championship Tees with a strong 141 slope and… Read more

The Valley at Eastport Golf Club

LITTLE RIVER, SC (December 22, 2011) – At the bag drop a hospitable attendant/starter shared that the Valley at Eastport might just be the most challenging short course we’ve ever played. He was absolutely correct. This Par 70 course is short at 5903 yards from the Blue Tees with a 68.4/127 USGA rating and slope. White Tees measure 5483 yards… Read more

Founders Club

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (December 15, 2011) – Excited to be visiting the Founders Club for the first time, I was not disappointed in the least. Located on the southern end of Pawleys Island off Hwy 17, the first thing that greets you is an inviting Lowcountry style clubhouse. A well-stocked pro shop with a grill overlooking the 18th hole adds… Read more

Long Bay Club

LONGS, SC (November 18, 2011) – The Myrtle Beach Area is fortunate to have two Jack Nicklaus Signature courses – Pawleys Plantation on the South Strand and the formidable Long Bay Club on the North end. The latter has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most challenging and difficult golf courses in the area. It was cool and sunny,… Read more

King’s North at Myrtle Beach National

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (November 17, 2011) – The accolade “ a truly must play” description of a golf course is often over used. In the case of King’s North at Myrtle Beach National that term is an understatement. With the opportunity to play this award winning Arnold Palmer Signature course numerous times in all sorts of conditions, I’ll tell you… Read more

Carolina National Golf Club

BOLIVIA, NC (September 27, 2011) – This 27-hole Fred Couples Signature Golf Facility, conveniently located between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC has a lot to like, beginning with the amenities. Approaching the handsome clubhouse you are greeted at the bag drop by courteous attendants. They’re genuinely glad you’re visiting. The pro shop is well stocked with logo merchandise and… Read more

Lion’s Paw Golf Links

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (September 23, 2011) – Some say that Lion’s Paw might just be Willard Byrd’s best work. I tend to agree, especially since fellow architect Tim Cate had a place in the design. From the Blue Tees the course measures a challenging 7003 yards and is rated 74.0/132. The White Tees play to a healthy 6457 yards… Read more

International Golf Club

MURRELLS INLET, SC (August 24, 2011) – There are golf courses that you know exactly what to expect from the moment you arrive. Whether you’re visiting The International Club for the 1st time, or the 20th time there’s a wonderful consistency to the experience. From the bag drop and pro shop to the cart attendant and The International Club Grille,… Read more

Rivers Edge Golf Club

SHALLOTTE, NC (August 22, 2011) – Sometimes I just feel guilty about what I do. At the risk of oversimplification, I get to play a generous amount of free golf. Be that as it may my friends, I will pay to play this one on a regular basis. It’s that special. A Par 72 Arnold Palmer Signature course, Rivers Edge… Read more

Myrtlewood Golf Club Palmetto

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (July 20, 2011) – You know you’re going to face a challenge when you’re greeted with “It’s playing tough, today.” Regardless of the set-up, the Palmetto course is still one of my all time favorite layouts. Even on its most benign day, it’s going to require you’re A-game. This beauty has everything. It has distance at 7015… Read more

Myrtlewood Golf Club Pine Hills

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (July 13, 2011) – If the opportunity to play the Pinehills course has not presented itself , you’re missing a real treat. Although not particularly long at 6640 yards from the Blue tees (72.2/132), 6112 yards from the White tees (69.8/125), 5692 yards from the Gold tees (67.8/119) and 4906 from the Red tees (67.4/113), the course… Read more

Leopard’s Chase Golf Links

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (June 21, 2011) – The newest of the Ocean Ridge Plantation Big Cats and possibly the fiercest, Leopard’s Chase was named to both the Golf Digest and Golf Magazine list of Top 10 Best New Public Courses in America in 2007. For those traditionalists that enjoy a true test of golf, Leopard’s Chase is your course…. Read more

Tiger’s Eye Golf Links

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (June 17, 2011) – Located just a short drive from North Myrtle Beach, Tiger’s Eye is one of “The Big Cats of Ocean Ridge Plantation.” Opened in 2000 this is another Tim Cate memorable design. One of my favorite golf course architects Cate has crafted a magnificent layout utilizing what the land has provided. Carolina pines,… Read more

Arrowhead Country Club

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (May 30, 2011) – Having played Arrowhead Country Club more than thirty times, you might guess it’s one of my favorite venues. The golf course itself suits my eye and is always in great shape, the staff is hospitable and the ownership and management are very civic minded. In my book that’s a winning combination. A Raymond… Read more

Pine Lakes International Country Club

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (May 22, 2011) – There are few golfers familiar with the Myrtle Beach area that do not know the wonderful history of Pine Lakes. Originally designed and constructed in 1927 by renowned architect Robert White as a 27-hole venue, it complimented the elegant Ocean Forest Hotel. The “Granddaddy” as it is affectionately called, has been remodeled and… Read more

Burning Ridge Golf Course

CONWAY, SC (April 22, 2011) – Opened in 1980 this Gene Hamm designed layout has been a Myrtle Beach staple. Part of the Classic Golf Group, which includes The Founders Club at Pawleys Island, Black Bear Golf Club and Indian Wells Golf Club, Burning Ridge, has achieved some lofty accolades. Following extensive renovations Burning Ridge Golf Club was awarded both… Read more

Possum Trot

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (April 19, 2011) – How many golfers visiting the Myrtle Beach area for the first time, raise their eyebrows when they see Possum Trot Golf Club as an option? With one hundred courses to choose, why risk a day of golf on a course named after a fast walking opossum? Get over the name my friends…. Read more

Pearl Golf Links West

CALABASH, NC (March 21, 2011) – This was my second visit to The Pearl having had the pleasure of playing the East Course in April 2010. I wasn’t disappointed then and I wasn’t disappointed now. As you might have gathered The Pearl has two distinct 18-hole tracts. The East Course is a traditional tree lined venue, while The West Course… Read more

Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort

CALABASH, NC (March 20, 2011) – In 1989 the original developers of Brunswick began accumulating land and their dream for a Southern heritage inspired community was realized. Starting with just 135 acres Brunswick has grown to a community of 1200 residents, more than 1500 dues paying property owners and 27-holes of golf. From the very beginning golf course architects Willard… Read more

Cape Fear National

LELAND, NC (February 20, 2011) – Here’s the question. Why would anyone drive from the Myrtle Beach area almost to Wilmington, NC to play golf? Here’s the answer. Cape Fear National is one of the best golf courses you’ll ever play and well worth twice the drive. Upon entering the Cape Fear National bag drop area; you immediately sense that… Read more

Shaftesbury Glen Golf and Fish Club

CONWAY, SC (February 13, 2011) – Located west of North Myrtle Beach Shaftesbury is just off Highway 22 on Highway 905. Popular with both locals and visitors the course is convenient to the beach, but flows quietly through farmlands and forests along the Waccamaw River. I’ve had the good fortune to play this venue dozens of times. There are three… Read more

Oyster Bay Golf Links

SUNSET BEACH, NC (January 30, 2011) – For more than 25-years Oyster Bay Golf Links has received an almost endless number of accolades and awards beginning in 1983 by being voted Golf Digest “Resort Course of the Year.” This Par 70 Dan Maples gem continues to shine with both critics and players alike. Oyster Bay has a uniquely pleasant blend… Read more

Thistle Golf Club

SUNSET BEACH, NC (January 16, 2011) – The Myrtle Beach area has an abundant selection of golf courses befitting any player’s game and interest. However, Thistle Golf Club is special. Whether a player is steeped in the history and tradition of golf, or simply enjoys playing a truly quality course, Thistle Golf Club pleases all. Located just 20-minutes from North… Read more

Meadowlands Golf Club

CALABASH, NC (November 28, 2010) – Located just a mile from its sister course, Farmstead Golf Links, this Willard Byrd design offers all that a golfer wishes. Scenic beauty and memorable holes combine for an unforgettable golfing experience. Meadowlands has five sets of tees each named after an indigenous bird. Regardless of your handicap or level of play there’s a… Read more

Farmstead Golf Links

CALABASH, NC (November 27, 2010) – On No. 18 I traveled through two states, hit 4 decent shots and 2 putted for a bogey 7! You read it correctly; the finishing hole at Farmstead Golf Links is an unusual Par 6. The uniqueness of one hole should not be misleading. There are no gimmicks here, just a really fine golf… Read more

River Oaks Golf Plantation

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (October 30, 2010) – Just about six years ago I played River Oaks. Although it was a very affordable golf course, I saw no reason to return. However, during the past 18-months River Oaks has announced, “We’re Back!” The Gene Hamm and Tom Jackson designed layout features three, nine-hole tracks – Fox, Otter and Bear. The Signature… Read more

Azalea Sands

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (October 28, 2010) – If you’ve visited the Myrtle Beach area during the past 38-years, you’ve probably driven past Azalea Sands Golf Club. Located on Highway 17 in North Myrtle Beach just ½-mile from the beach, this Gene Hamm design has been welcoming golfers since 1972. A traditional “beach course” Azalea Sands is playable for any… Read more

Glen Dornoch

LITTLE RIVER, SC (October 15, 2010) – It’s difficult to imagine a better piece of property for a golf course than the stretch along the Intracoastal Waterway that Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links occupies. Clyde Johnston’s design just flows with the natural terrain of the area. On the final two holes on the front nine and the three finishing holes… Read more

Heather Glen

LITTLE RIVER, SC (October 14, 2010) – Frequently, I’ll add a closing remark to a golf course review by encouraging the reader to add the subject course to their list of must plays. In the case of Heather Glen Golf Links I’ll encourage you to begin your list with this golfing masterpiece. In 1987 Golf Digest awarded Heather Glen their… Read more

Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (September 8, 2010) – It’s said “…the exquisite setting ultimately drew Jack Nicklaus to Pawleys Plantation.” That might be an understatement. This Jack Nicklaus Signature Course truly is a thing of beauty from both visual appeal and playability. The accolades, awards and recognition have come from a virtual who’s who in the golf community. Golf Digest, Golf… Read more

Willbrook Plantation Golf Club

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (September 6, 2010) – You might just as well know on the front end, I’ve played this Dan Maples signature course a dozen times and it’s one of my favorites. No biased review here! First, the numbers on this Par 72 masterpiece. The Blue Tees are a challenging 6722 yards at 133/72.4. At 6300 yards and 129/70.3… Read more

Indian Wells Golf Club

GARDEN CITY, SC (July 14, 2010) – In 2004 the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association awarded Indian Wells Golf Club the “2004 Golf Course of the Year” honor. It could just as easily been the recipient in 2010. There’s much more to this course than the scorecard. At just a little more than 6600 yards from the Blue… Read more

Sea Trail Golf Plantation Byrd Course

SUNSET BEACH, NC (June 26, 2010) – The Willard Byrd Course is the third of the Sea Trail Resort & Golf Links layouts and completes a marvelous trio. Opened in the fall of 1990 some players consider the Byrd Course the best of the group, but that’s for you to decide. The course is not exceptionally long (except for those… Read more

Sea Trail Golf Plantation Maples Course

SUNSET BEACH, NC (June 19, 2010) – Considered one of Dan Maples best, the architect has served up a traditional style golf course. Opened in 1986 the Maples course will celebrate its 25thanniversary in 2011. With fairways lined by Carolina pines and native oaks this masterpiece is quite attractive. Do not be tricked though, you’ll need to put on your… Read more

Sea Trail Golf Plantation Jones Course

SUNSET BEACH, NC (June 18, 2010) – Opened in the spring of 1990 this course is befitting of its namesake and architect, Rees Jones. A great test of golf for any skill level, the Rees Jones course is a must play on your next golf vacation. At 6761 yards from the Blue Tees, 6334 yards from the White Tees, 5716… Read more

Crow Creek Golf Club

CALABASH, NC (May 16, 2010) – Right up front I need to tell you that one of my most memorable rounds happened at Crow Creek. Three summers ago my 11-year old grandson and I played alternating shot at Crow Creek in the Father Son tournament. Although we didn’t seem to make a putt, our ball striking was outstanding. In a… Read more

Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club

SUNSET BEACH, NC (May 15, 2010) – One has to wonder if there is any other place with as many quality golf courses as found in the Calabash/Sunset Beach, NC area. Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club certainly enhances the neighborhood’s reputation for superior golf. Driving into the Sandpiper community you are greeted by a selection of well-maintained residences. You… Read more

Pearl Golf Links East

CALABASH, NC (April 17, 2010) – Located just 15-minutes from North Myrtle Beach, The Pearl features two 18-hole courses, East and West. We had the pleasure of playing the East track. This was my first visit to The Pearl. Residing in Myrtle Beach there are quite a few first class courses between my home and The Pearl. Surprisingly, the drive… Read more

Barefoot Resort Fazio

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC(April 18, 2010) – The Fazio Course is one of four spectacular layouts at Barefoot Resort & Golf. Opened in 2000 this Tom Fazio design provides a memorable golfing experience. We had the good fortune to play the course on the one-year anniversary after the largest wildfire in South Carolina history destroyed more than 70 homes and… Read more

Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club

CAROLINA SHORES, NC (March 20, 2010) – Jamie Nance has been greeting golfers in the Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club pro shop for the past six years. When Ms. Nance says, “This course is a favorite of locals and members,” we should take heed. Area residents have an abundance of golf courses to play and membership programs available. There… Read more

Palmetto Greens Golf Club

LONGS, SC (March 19, 2010) – “Only No. 2 is the same. Everything else is new. New bunkers. New greens,” Ricky Lyons, Director of Golf, proudly stated. “We’ve redone everything to meet USGA specifications,” Lyons continued. Palmetto Greens Golf & Country Club is in fact a complete redo of Colonial Charters. Located on route 9, just a 10/15-minute drive west… Read more

Tidewater Golf Plantation

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (February 21, 2010) Everything you’ve heard and everything you’ve read about Tidewater Golf Club and Plantation is true. In fact it may have been understated. The accolades speak for themselves,Top 100 You Can Play, Golf Magazine, 2007 Best Courses You Can Play, Golfweek and the only course ever to be named Best New Course by both… Read more

Crown Park

LONGS, SC (February 20, 2010) You know he’s proud, when a golf course superintendent talks about his track with passion. Jay Nelson’s enthusiasm for Crown Park is contagious! When asked whats special about your course, Nelson doesn’t hesitate. We have approximately 200 acres of wooded area here. There are no homes or condos on the course. Originally opened in 2001… Read more

River Hills Golf and Country Club

LITTLE RIVER, SC (January 20, 2010) In 1989 Golf Digest magazine awarded River Hills Golf & Country Club a Best New Course distinction. Twenty-one years later it’s still deserves a best recognition. Before taking a closer look at this Tom Jackson masterpiece, a story needs to be shared. Upon arriving at River Hills I was paired with Dick and Glenda… Read more

Arcadian Shores

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (January 19, 2010) Built in 1974 as part of the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort property, Arcadian Shores Golf Club was the first solo effort by young architect, Rees Jones. Almost 36-years later the course is still a great test of golf. Jeffrey Alan Wisniewski, first assistant professional, describes the course well when he states, There are no… Read more

Eagle Nest Golf Club

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (December 27, 2009) The billboard states, 3 Toughest Finishing Holes on the Strand. In 1971 that was true. After 38 years that’s probably still quite true, but Eagle Nest Golf Club is so much more. From start to finish this course is a Myrtle Beach classic and a favorite of all golfers that experience its natural… Read more

Beachwood Golf Club

December 23, 2009 NORTH MYRTYLE BEACH, SC Beachwood Golf Club has been hosting golfers since 1968. They must be doing something right and it shows! Conveniently located on Highway 17 South this Gene Hamm design is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The experience begins upon arrival. In lieu of the customary bag drop found at virtually all other… Read more

Black Bear

November 21, 2009 – LONGS, SC The first thing greeting golfers arriving at Black Bear Golf Club is a very eye appealing setting. Miles of white fence frame what appears to be an endless sea of green: a welcome sight on an overcast November morning. Opened in 1989 this Tom Jackson designed course has grown to become a favorite of… Read more

Diamond Back @ Woodland Valley

November 20, 2009 LORIS, SC Myrtle Beach Area golf courses that offer stunning, often-spectacular views are commonplace. To say that Woodland Valley Country Club has a unique place in the Myrtle Beach Area golfing scene is certainly not an understatement. Head Golf Professional at Woodland Valley, William “Willie” Love stated it this way, “Our course winds through the area’s natural… Read more