Golf Getaways in Myrtle Beach
Summer is right around the corner, and so is the summer vacation season that makes the season a peak time for golfers who can’t get away any other time of the year. Not only is the weather in most places conducive to a near-perfect round, but golf camps for junior golfers and adults alike are in full swing, helping players improve their form and enjoy the game. Even though fall tends to be the season that has the highest overall golf course attendance, summer is still king for those who love golf but also have other obligations.
For many people, summer means going on vacation to visit popular destinations (and coincidentally golf hot spots) like Orlando and Las Vegas. But one popular yet sometimes overlooked family-friendly golf destination is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While it’s true that Myrtle Beach lacks the glitz of Las Vegas or the amusement parks of Orlando, this not-so-hidden gem of a destination is packed with famous beaches, fascinating local history and a unique culinary tradition that features freshly fried seafood known as Calabash style.
But that’s not all. Myrtle Beach is also home to well over 100 semi-private and public golf courses, many of them designed by prominent golf architects. And all of them have plenty of tee times available to help you fit golf into any vacation.
The wide selection means golfers could spend quite a bit of time time researching which courses are worth playing and which courses should be avoided, making it hard to book the right tee time at the perfect Myrtle Beach golf course. Fortunately, we have already scoured hundreds articles, reviews, and YouTube videos and compiled a list of five outstanding Myrtle Beach golf courses guaranteed to satisfy even the most finicky of players.
With that said, the Myrtle Beach area has plenty of high quality courses that did not make this top three list, so if you’ve played these courses before and have a different suggestion or if you don’t see your favorite course, let us know in the comments so you can help your fellow golfers out!
Disclaimer: Some of these courses do not have tee times available on GolfNow. This article will provide the necessary links to allow golfers to explore similar courses on the GolfNow site and to direct the golfer to the actual course site. GolfNow strives to ensure that our golfers are able to fully enjoy their rounds regardless of where they book their tee times!
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
According to reviews and articles detailing must-play courses in Myrtle Beach, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club was consistently found to be a top-rated choice. The golf course is built on what was once an old rice plantation, meaning golfers can expect a lot of water to come in to play during their round at Caledonia. They can also expect a unique ambiance and history that other courses in the area can’t replicate. With its antebellum-style clubhouse, live oaks that are older than the White House, and an annual ranking as one of the top 100 golf courses in the United States, it shouldn’t be surprising that this 18-hole, par-70 course, measuring in at around 6,526 yards, has become a favorite among golf die-hards and visitors looking for the best round that Myrtle Beach golf can offer. Tee times tend to go fast at this prestigious course, and sadly GolfNow does not provide tee times for this particular course (although GolfNow does offer similar tee times for any interested golfers), but you can learn more about playing Caledonia by following the link above.
Barefoot Resort & Golf – Love Course
Barefoot Resort & Golf’s Love Course is another classic example of what Myrtle Beach golf can offer to visitors and residents alike. The Love Course is a traditional par-72 layout that plays at over 7,000 yards and features the unique Lowcountry character that Carolina golfers adore. The ruins of an old plantation on holes 3 through 7 help create a visually striking and highly unique golf course experience, which is probably one of the many reasons why the Love Course is a frequently awarded track—including the 2017 IAGTO award for “North American Golf Resort of the Year” and selection as one of Golfweek’s “Best: Next 100 Resort Courses.” While Barefoot Resort & Golf’s Love Course is unavailable on GolfNow, there are several similar Carolina courses available for you to brows and book similar tee times in the North Myrtle Beach area.
Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Dunes Golf & Beach Club has a storied history and is one of the older and more respected courses in the Myrtle Beach area. With a famed 13th hole and a layout that still reflects its designer’s (Robert Trent) original construction, this course’s reputation is nearly legendary among golfers—both locally and nationally. This course has played host to the USGA women’s amateur four-ball championship and the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship. Sadly, public tee times are not available for this golf course, but there are a select number of member hotels in the area that provide golf packages including tee times at Dunes Golf & Beach Club. This means that like the courses above, GolfNow is unable to provide tee times for this specific course. However, we do offer tee times that are in a somewhat similar area and have somewhat similar course layout.
The above courses barely scratch the surface of what the Myrtle Beach golf scene can offer to visitors and residents. While the above three courses tend to be the highest rated among golf professionals (and, by default, the busiest tracks in the region), there are dozens of courses that offer an equally enjoyable experience for summer golf. One of these courses is Valley at Eastport Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Measuring in at around 6,200 yards and standing out among the typical beach course layouts in the area, Valley at Eastport Golf Club features Bermuda greens, abundant foliage, and a relatively modern design. All of that makes it a fantastic find for golfers who want to book a tee time on a course that is less hectic, less crowded, and just as challenging and fun to play.
With 87% of golfer’s saying they would recommend this course to fellow golfers, and with easy access to the nearby highway, Valley at Eastport Golf Club is a must-play track for anyone interested in more affordable golf at a public course. Click here to view any available Valley at East Port Golf Club tee times and to view other local area Myrtle Beach Tee Times.
Other honorable golf courses include:
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It’s important to note that many hotels and resorts in the area tend to offer guests with an inclusive golf package. It is always wise to check with your hotel to see what discounts you can get before you book your tee time through the course or before you start your golf trip to the Myrtle Beach area. And for any questions about a tee time booking made through GolfNow, call our team at 800-752-9020 | 8AM – 8PM ET.
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