A new year means the opportunity to set goals and create lists. Living amongst 90 Myrtle Beach golf courses, the options are nearly limitless but a man has to prioritize.
With that in mind, I’ve already drawn up my list of 22 Myrtle Beach golf courses to play in 2022. Before you ask, this isn’t strictly a list of Myrtle Beach’s best layouts, though many of them are included. These are courses I want to play and why.
Wild Wing Avocet – Because I’m going to (hopefully) drive the green on the par 4 14th hole.
Prestwick Country Club – Because I’m a masochist who wants to play No. 17.
Grande Dunes Resort Club – Middle of town, I love the holes along the waterway, and the fairways are generous.(pictured right)
Barefoot Fazio – I’d be happy to play any of Barefoot’s four courses, but if I can only pick one, I’m ready to return to Fazio.
Pine Lakes Country Club – Love the clubhouse and the layout is getting better each day in the wake of the 2021 restoration project.
Dunes Golf & Beach Club – Tell me why it shouldn’t be on my list?
King’s North – Fun to play – no, I don’t go for the alternate, island fairway – and I’ve always played well here, making it a permanent resident on this list.
Sandpiper Bay – 27 holes, good conditions and a layout conducive to scoring is a winning combination, and I want to play more courses along the North Strand.
Pawleys Plantation – Unlike King’s North, I’ve always scuffled at Pawleys but this course is a measuring stick (and it’s beautiful).
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club – It’s one of America’s top 100 public courses, does anymore need to be said?
Willbrook – Can’t get enough of the lowcountry feel on this Dan Maples design, which is high on my list of the area’s most underrated layouts. (pictured right)
Thistle – Brunswick County’s best course?
Long Bay – Another overlooked layout I haven’t played in a while, a problem that will be rectified in the coming year.
Tidewater – I’ll play this course every year until I make par on No. 4.
West Course at Myrtle Beach National – Good conditions and a layout that begs you to go low; what’s not to like?
Arrowhead Country Club – Great conditions, the Intracoastal Waterway … how much more does a man need?
Blackmoor – One of the area’s hidden gems, a tour of this track is always a good thing.
River Club – Tom Jackson design gets overshadowed by its high-profile neighbors but that’s not a mistake I’m going to make in 2022.
True Blue – Might be the only course in America where you can’t miss a fairway! (pictured below)
Tradition Club – It’s a really good course.
Litchfield Country Club – Old-school design that deserves more love.
Founders Club – The buzz surrounding Founders – which was in outstanding condition – grew louder throughout 2021, and I’m ready to see what the fuss is about on one of the area’s most unique designs.