Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation
Tidewater Golf Club is the only golf course ever to be selected by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as “Best New Public Course In America” in the same year. Burrowed between the Intracoastal Waterway and Cherry Grove, this course offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and challenging play. Recognized by Golf Digest as one of “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses” (2011-2012), Golf Magazine named it one of the “Best Courses Near You,” the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel honored it with a “Best You Can Play” designation (2011), and Golfweek chose it as one of its “Best Courses You Can Play” (#6 in South Carolina).
Tidewater’s signature hole – No. 12, a 145-yard (white) par 3 – is very intimidating. Depending on the prevailing wind, a 130-yard mid-range iron shot needs to carry the marsh and avoid bunkers guarding the front and right side of the green. You can afford to miss long or left, but the green slopes away toward the marsh, making a par effort very difficult. Don’t be surprised if you catch yourself forgetting completely about the shot, and spending a few moments admiring the beautiful views of the Lowcountry marsh and home across the way.
Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation Course Course Reviews
ChrisDate Played: 07/10/2021
Prettiest course at the Beach, IMO. Love the fourth hole, a dogleg left par 4 that plays along Cherry Grove, despite my being unable to hit an approach from 140 yards! Played in mid-July and course was in great shape. Bring your camera, especially on holes 3, 4, 12 and 13.
ThomasDate Played: 05/28/2021
Exceptionally nice course
BrianDate Played: 05/17/2021
course in very good shape, picturesque. they had small very spotty problem on some of green where not as lush as usual but never in areas that affected putting and greens rolled true. more of just an aesthetic issue.
RobertDate Played: 03/18/2021
Excellent course. Well maintained. Some poana in the greens.
RickyDate Played: 11/13/2020
The most consistent course in the MB area. Have played Tidewater at various times of the season and it never disappoints. Most recent round was after a night of 4” of rain, and although it was path only, I was blown away at how well the course drained. Conditions were outstanding.
KenDate Played: 07/03/2020
Very well manicured. Tee times and spacing were perfect. Nice pro shop.
GordonDate Played: 06/25/2020
First time at Tidewater, great golf course.
JimDate Played: 06/23/2020
Love the course. Always fun and challenging.
RobertDate Played: 06/22/2020
Very nice course.
SteveDate Played: 06/09/2020
Tidewater has always been a favorite of mine but the fees have gone up so much I never thought I’d play it again. I got a good afternoon rate and thoroughly enjoyed the round on this very difficult but scenic course.
JDate Played: 05/15/2020
Excellent! Course layout is beautiful. Course was in great condition tee to green. Greens had been sanded but still rolled true and relatively fast. Especially on downhill puts. A must play! Staff was very friendly.
JasonDate Played: 03/14/2020
I'm never disappointed when I play Tidewater, from great views to even better conditions. You must play this course. If you don't like it after you play, i will fight you! Make Tidewater your bucket list course in the Grand Strand.
BrandonDate Played: 01/19/2020
Beautiful course! A lot of fun! Staff was very accommodating!
GlennDate Played: 11/29/2019
The staff was very friendly and courteous the course was in horrible shape. It was cart path only. The fairways were being over seeded and all the greens were recently punched. This was not disclosed at the time of booking. Very disappointed
RickDate Played: 08/30/2019
WOW, what a great track from tee to green. The sites are outstanding. I will be back.
RobertDate Played: 08/23/2019
Very nice course in excellent condition. Not a Pebble Beach as they advertise, but played better my second time with a little lower expectation
CraigDate Played: 07/17/2019
Beautiful course, excellent conditions, friendly and polite staff. Overall experience was a 10.
NickDate Played: 07/15/2019
It was a great experience. I will play this course again!
JeffDate Played: 07/12/2019
Really nice course!
JamesDate Played: 07/08/2019
I've played Tidewater twice and it is without question my favorite course in Myrtle Beach!
JeffreyDate Played: 07/05/2019
An awesome course always on my list to play
TjDate Played: 03/06/2019
Great track! One of the best in MB area for sure.
GerryDate Played: 01/02/2019
Great course great views great time !!!!
LloydDate Played: 11/08/2018
A very good course and in good condition. The greens were in very good shape and maybe slightly faster than medium speed.
LloydDate Played: 11/06/2018
Course was in good shape and several great views. Greens putted very true.
SallyDate Played: 10/10/2018
We had a good time and a nice course
DaveDate Played: 10/09/2018
Excellent staff. Great course and great company.
ThomasDate Played: 08/20/2018
Great track, great condition
EricDate Played: 08/12/2018
Great staff. Excellent conditions. Always an enjoyable round at Tidewater.
AdamDate Played: 07/11/2018
Course was real good. Shame the fringes were rough, understand everyone had rough winter, but greens were great. Fringes & bunkers were only bad spots. Love playing here!
DanielDate Played: 07/03/2018
Very nice golf course, nice people would definitely play there again, the attendants were very accommodating!
DanielDate Played: 07/02/2018
Great golf course, definitely very responsive to everyone's needs and requests, great experience!
BillDate Played: 06/26/2018
One of the Best course in Myrtle Beach! The greens are true and the fairways are prefect !! A must play!!
EricDate Played: 06/18/2018
Tidewater is a great track! I used every club in the bag. Best course that I have played here by miles. Nickname is true pebble beach of the east coast! I may play it again before I leave. Must play
CharlesDate Played: 05/30/2018
Excellent service and course conditions.
KevinDate Played: 02/07/2018
Great service, beautiful and challenging layout. A must play!
CraigDate Played: 11/05/2017
this is the best course in north myrtle. greens were fast and true. fastest greens we played.
DavidDate Played: 01/17/2017
First time playing Tidewater. Course does live up to it's reputation. Beautiful layout, great staff and excellent conditions. The only complaint I could make was that the greens were slow, but it is January after all.
StephenDate Played: 12/09/2016
The layout and location of the course was fantastic. The greens were probably the best greens I've played in a long time. Would have been nice to know about the overseeding and cart path only.
CraigDate Played: 11/09/2016
I read last couple of reviews and was not sure if I should play Tidewater. I did see where they did maintenance around greens but all good now. These greens were the best I played. The only bad part of Tidewater was that they are overseeding and it will be cart path only soon.
KeithDate Played: 08/28/2016
Portions of the fringe around the greens is being repaired on every hole. Really affected play around the greens. Our group and several other groups had to wait between 9 and 10 for them to finish am tee times that go off the front and back. Our wait was 35 mins on the 10th tee to continue our round. When we questioned the staff about the wait they told us it was because we played the front in 2 hrs and the pace of play is 2:15. We waited on every shot on the back 9. Really wish the experience would have been better because the course is really beautiful and scenic. Will give this course 1 more chance in a year or two when the fringes are repaired and will keep in mind they double book tee times in the am.
LouDate Played: 08/18/2016
Nice layout, poor conditions. Collars around greens have been removed, have to pitch over missing sod. Inconsistent greens. Fairways and tee boxes passable. Not worth the money.
MarcoDate Played: 08/17/2016
How the hell is this rated over 6. The greens were a total mess with a 2 foot area of grass cut out around them. Not one true roll all day. Fairways unevenly cut with tons of dried grass on them. Tee boxes mangled. Only the staff and practice area was good. There are many many better price ratios available in Myrtle Beach. At $60 we got ripped off royally. Will never never play this again.....
TaswiyahDate Played: 08/08/2016
Golf course was nice.
DavidDate Played: 07/02/2016
One of the top courses in the area. Great layout, great views and overall very good condition. Also the carts have built in GPS and come with ice boxes, all of which adds to the experience. A must visit.
PaulDate Played: 06/27/2016
It is always a pleasure to play Tidewater. A great mix of holes, some through the southern Pines and some holes along the Inter Coastal and others along the Cherry Grove inlet. The course is in great shape. The rebuilt Mini-verde greens are in excellent condition. Sand traps and tees are in great shape. A must play course.
MitchellDate Played: 06/09/2016
Really enjoyed my round today very nice course and paid a fair price to play it. But I think anything over $70 is over priced
CraigDate Played: 05/06/2016
Greens great. Equal to any greens in Myrtle. Overall course was in great shape. Always a great test but fair. Nothing is hidden from you.
ErikDate Played: 04/23/2016
Would have been good to know they were going off both tees at 8am as I came around, starter did a great job of getting me in with almost no wait but slowed my round on the second nine. Course and staff were all great, definitely would play again.
JongDate Played: 04/05/2016
Very scenic course. Tees, fairways in good shape. Greens were in good shape for the most part. Couple of bumpy spots, but all in all good shape. The views of the marsh are beautiful. I would play this course again.
JackDate Played: 04/02/2016
Always love the course. The attendants are fine but somewhat pushy about club cleaning (for tip I presume, although this occurs everywhere at M Beach) Condition was not the best I've experienced at the course but time of year, weather, etc., can vary this very quickly. We'll be back!
CharleneDate Played: 03/26/2016
My favorite course! :-)
PaulDate Played: 12/29/2015
Great golf course. Most every hole was a challenge. Holes along the marshes and waterways were beautiful. Course experienced a lot of rain earlier in the week so the tees and greens were a bit long. Everyone was very nice. Would play again.
JJDate Played: 12/28/2015
We played Tidewater today and you can see were it gets its name The Pebble Beach of the East. It was a very scenic course with very good conditions but a little wet. The course has a very good layout and beautiful views. The whole presence of the course is Cadillac. The staff makes you feel important and treats you better than any other course. Overall it is a must play while in Myrtle Beach.
BarryDate Played: 12/15/2015
Well maintained course with challenging layout.
CraigDate Played: 06/06/2015
Just a great course. some edges of greens not filled in yet. Some thin tee boxes also. Both will fill in with warm weather. Greens putted excellent. Can't say enough about the views.
GanocDate Played: 05/30/2015
Bag drop guys great. Narcy outstanding.
MikeDate Played: 05/26/2015
15 year Tidewater property owner here. The course is in much better shape. Tees were fine, traps were in great shape with Augusta like sand, and green were about 90%. More summer heat and time should make them top notch. All Myrtle Beach courses seem to be a month behind because of cool spring. A few greens a little thin. Over all they put fine. Views are still awesome regardless of how many times you have played. Lars in the pro shop was great at working me in and the cart guys and the starter were all very friendly. Carts have quality yardage monitors with accurate distances. Downside- note to course, I know you have the yardage monitors but some better on course markings would speed things up. Sometimes you don't want to fuss with the monitor. 150 and 100 need to be painted, some sprinkler numbers are missing, and it would be awesome if you brought the Kirby markers back to the course. Overall, a must play.
FrancineDate Played: 01/09/2015
First time playing this tract and I was very impressed. I was told the course was beautiful and that the greens and other updates were done recently. I was expecting the greens to be very firm and the were not. Outstanding layout and greens and the service staff was wonderful.
CraigDate Played: 10/17/2014
It's back! Greens great! Always my favorite in Myrtle.
ArtMBgolfDate Played: 06/06/2014
Multiple Reports are saying that the greens are dead, all sand. Switch to another course!
CraigDate Played: 04/16/2014
Stay away!!! greens that bad. if you have to play, don't pay more than 30 dollars for greens like these. they said it was because the weather. than why does other courses(farmstead)with the same greens not have this problem????? too bad because this is one of my favorites.
JamesDate Played: 04/09/2014
We were given $75.00 pro shop credit due to the Greens condition. First time I been paid to play a course.
BillDate Played: 04/02/2014
I'm not sure what the previous commenters were thinking. The greens are the worst in the southeast. As far as I'm concerned, you can't call them greens as it's a 50/50 combination of dirt and sand. Will never come back. Staff is sympathetic, but no grass on greens will lead to a beautiful layout to fail eventually. A joke and a shame.
PhilDate Played: 08/26/2013
Outstanding course! Nothing like it on the east coast.
CraigDate Played: 07/01/2013
On 5/23 I said that the greens needed time. they are perfect now. this is a must play
JimDate Played: 04/16/2013
Played this course apr 12/2013. Greens almost unplayable for scoring! Group had to agree to a max 2 putt if anywhere near cup. These conditions were prevalent on almost all greens. Head pro said they had a rough winter but I have played 7 other courses on this trip and did not have any other courses that had these issues! Most disappointing!!
JimDate Played: 04/16/2013
RaymondDate Played: 04/11/2013
ThomasDate Played: 02/26/2013
The staff went above and beyond from the bag drop to the grill room.
KarenDate Played: 01/24/2013
PaulDate Played: 12/03/2012
I love this golf course. The views of the salt marsh, Cherry Grove, and the inlet are outstanding. Golf course is in great shape. Top 5 in Myrtle Beach. Clubhouse staff is excellent.
LarryDate Played: 11/08/2012
A course which winds through a residential area with long distances between tees. Several hazards that are hidden from view. Greens were in excellent shape and consistent.
BobbyDate Played: 11/01/2012
Played on 10-18-12 and the course was in good condition. I thought the greens were unusually fast to the point that great shots onto the green would land and slowly roll off...sometimes into marsh areas on putts.(the par 3-- third hole) With several blind shots to elevated greens, holding the greens was an almost impossible task. Bump and run was also not an option, since the approach areas were a little choppy and would misdirect shots left or right. Various sand locations could use steps to prevent twisted ankles going up and down the steep inclines. It is a nice course, a tough course and in several respects an unfair course. Our foursome ranges from an 8 to 14 handicap. When we're scratch players, we'll come back.
LarryDate Played: 10/10/2012
Bermuda roughs over-seeded with rye - too long.
JaneDate Played: 07/01/2012
This course was very overrated. Paying over $90 for a course that was in that condition was ridiculous. I was told the greens were aerated 3 weeks ago but were fine. There were at least 5 greens that were aerated that day/yesterday. Other greens were not healed that well. The greens were not consistent. 2 were very fast but the rest were very slow. Several holes had nice views and good right to left; left to right. Liked that there was water or reeds in play on some holes. Most bunkers were OK, but 2 I know of had little sand in them. In general the condition was unacceptable and should have cost half of what it did. We will NOT play here again.
AlDate Played: 04/19/2012
Played Feb. 26th and course was in the worst shape since they planted grass late for a John Deere tournament. Greens thin on grass and putting not true. For the money Azalea Sands is better. Clubhouse good and snack stand good. Saving money on course maintenance a bad idea in the long run. We won't be back.
PaulDate Played: 04/18/2012
Enjoyed the course. Scenic, challenging, fair. Grass on fairways and greens a little thin, a few greens were spotty, but they all rolled well. Found attendants to be very friendly, and the starter was exceptionally nice and very genuine about wanting us to enjoy our golf experience, so we started our round on a positive note. The direction signage from green to tee was sometimes not obvious and you have to watch closely. Would like to play this course again, but will wait for a special as I can't justify full price.
FredDate Played: 04/13/2012
Beautiful venue and really nice routing. Conditions mediocre. Expected more from a course charging the top rates in Myrtle Beach. Also, not sure why half the players need to start on #10. This cheapens the experience. Overall, the staff was friendly and helpful. This could be the best in MB but falls short on conditions.
JohnDate Played: 04/11/2012
Great layout. Always a favorite. However, the condition of the greens and tees was only fair to good. A few of the greens were poor, actually.
DarrenDate Played: 04/09/2012
Played it Thursday & Friday (4/5-4/6). We were treated well, beautiful views, decent range. Pretty good layout, but our group voted that 18 is a dumb finishing hole. 410 yds. plus, & you need to hit a hybrid off the tee to avoid running out of fairway in to the hazard. Fairways were thin & greens were very thin as well. Worse conditioned course we have played this trip.
DavidDate Played: 03/11/2012
What a disappointment! Have played this course many times in the past, always looked forward to playing this course, have not played this course in a few years. Course conditions were not up to the standards that they have been in the past. I will most likely remove it from my must-play list!
TerryDate Played: 02/14/2012
This is our fifth time playing Tidewater. Great layout, terrific views, outside staff excellent, pro shop staff a little stuffy. Pro in shop made a comment about 1 of our foursome wearing jeans. When you only have 35 players all day & half were homeowners, does it really matter? Conditions were average for time of year (February). Greens were slow and grainy, fairways a little sparse, tees fair. Tidewater is like an old pair of shoes - comfortable, but sooner or later you must throw them out. Used to be the big man on campus, no longer. Our group is passing for a while.
RobertDate Played: 01/13/2012
Stop putting people off the back at 10:00-11:00 A.M. This course could easily be played in 3 1/2hours if you didn't. Instead it always takes 5 hours due to back 9 back-up.
MattDate Played: 12/09/2011
Good course, not as good as Grande Dunes.
CraigDate Played: 11/13/2011
Played on 11/3. Every part of course was in great shape. This is my favorite course.
BrianDate Played: 10/29/2011
Great layout, excellent condition.
ManfredDate Played: 10/10/2011
The course condition, especially fairways, very poor. Grass on the fairways was not cut due to preparation for winter season - but we paid a fortune.
CraigDate Played: 10/08/2011
Course in great shape. Greens fast and hard. Overseed came in nice.
JimDate Played: 08/18/2011
My brother-in-law from South Dakota loved the course! I love the par 3's along the marsh - some of the best in Myrtle!
PhilDate Played: 08/10/2011
Greens were way too slow for such a premiere course.
SteveDate Played: 06/25/2011
Worst greens we played during the week. Ball could not track due to aeration.
CraigDate Played: 05/18/2011
Still my favorite course in Myrtle. Some edges of greens are bad, but rest of greens were great. Tee boxes are not the best.
BFanoneDate Played: 04/22/2011
A wonder course ... awesome layout, very demanding, very playable for all handicappers ... a must-play if you golf in Myrtle!
DonaldDate Played: 04/05/2011
Our favorite of the courses we played. Only wish we could have finished the course due to rain out. Extremely challenging.
RichardDate Played: 10/09/2010
This course used to be worth the premium green fees - no longer. They have been resting on their reputation for too long. For the $130+ green fees, I expect conditions to be way above average. The greens and fairways are in generally poor condition. You can find much better conditions for far less money. The layout and views are still great, but the golf isn't. Save some money and play elsewhere. Maybe then they will finally understand and maintain the course properly.
DennisDate Played: 09/08/2010
A beautiful course with great views. In very good shape. A few of the par 3s can chew you up. A truly great experience.
RobertDate Played: 08/09/2010
Golf fee too high compared with other golf courses in area - will not waste my money on this course again.
RichardDate Played: 01/30/2010
When played from the blue tees you will need to be quite long and accurate on many approach shots. Should have layed up more often. The greens were super, very smooth and true. Definitely a course I will try again on a visit to the Myrtle Beach area.
PeterDate Played: 01/05/2010
The course was very wet and we did not finish (got a rain check). Fairways were very tight and when wet it made it very tough.
RoccoDate Played: 10/31/2009
Overseeding that day.
MichaelDate Played: 09/14/2009
One of the best layouts have ever played. Too bad I was not playing well. I will be back
JoeDate Played: 09/11/2009
JeffreyDate Played: 09/01/2009
course was in excellent condition and the green were the best i had played on. favorite holes were the par three over the marsh and the par four that runs along the marsh with green tucked into the marsh.only negative was the charge for range balls and no water on your cart. we played grand dunes and they did not charge for balls and had water on ice.both courses are run by same management company so i did not understand.
JustinDate Played: 02/05/2009
Played this course about two weeks ago, and the greens were in great condition and rolling pretty fast. I found that on many holes, keeping my approach shot to the green below the hole was crucial to avoid putting a down hill slider, or to have a chance in sinking that birdie putt. Overall this course was a blast to play, our entire group enjoyed Tidewater's natural beauty and beautiful holes along the water (bring a camera!) We also found that planning your shot off the tee was everything. To score well on this course you must put your tee shot in prime locations in order to set yourself up for a great second shot to the green. This may include taking many 3-4 irons off the tee. I loved the playability and condition of this course, not to mention their entire staff was excellent. I will definitely make it a point to play here again.