World Tour Golf Links has long delivered one of Myrtle Beach’s coolest experiences, allowing golfers to play holes that replicate some of the game’s most famous challenges. From Augusta National to St. Andrews, the course takes you on a trip around the globe, providing an unforgettable day and a history lesson along the way.
A former National Golf Course of the Year award winner, World Tour is open to the public but booking tee times far in advance, especially for large groups, is highly recommended. Let’s take a closer look at World Tour and the good times you can expect.
Men’s Tees: Black – 6,525 yards/72.2/130, Gold – 6,214 yards/70.6/126, Silver – 5,826 yards/68.2/121
Women’s Tees: Silver – 5,826 yards/74.2 128, Green – 5,334 yards/71.4/120
World Tour is one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular golf properties because the experience extends beyond the course. The tone for your day is set driving down a magnolia tree-lined driveway, which leads to a beautiful clubhouse.
Inside the clubhouse, there is memorabilia from the courses whose holes World Tour replicates, adding to the charm. It’s also worth mentioning that World Tour’s restaurant, led by long-time chef Marcus Beatty, offers a creative menu and delectable food.
The course’s practice facility, complete with a 15-stall driving range, putting green, chipping green, bunker area and even a 410-yard practice hole, is on the very short list of the Myrtle Beach area’s best.
While the amenities at World Tour are great, the fun really begins when you arrive at the first tee on the Open Nine, which duplicates the opener at St. Andrews, the home of golf. The 360-yard par 4 (gold tees) features a fairway wide enough to land a plane on, so swing away in hopes of setting up a short approach.
After a quick trip to Pinehurst No. 2, one of the World Tour’s most popular challenges awaits. The third hole replicates the famed island green 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. It’s the most talked about hole on the course as players imagine themselves trying to hit a green that has bedeviled golf’s greatest players.
The remainder of the Open Nine features holes from Colonial, Pine Valley and Augusta, among others, before finishing with No. 18 at St. Andrews, complete with a replica of the Swilcan Bridge. Perhaps the most enjoyable hole on the front nine was inspired by a course many haven’t heard of – English Turn Golf Club in New Orleans. World Tour’s fifth hole is modeled after No. 15 at English Turn, a par five that concludes with an island green.
World Tour’s Championship Nine emulates a “who’s who” of the game’s legendary layouts, including Winged Foot, Cypress Point, Royal Troon and Oakmont, but the three-hole stretch that replicates Amen Corner at Augusta National attracts much of the attention.
Holes four through six on the Championship Nine allow players to imagine themselves walking the hallowed grounds of Augusta. All three holes are outstanding, but No. 5, which recreates the par 3 12th at Augusta, is perhaps the best. Golden Bell, as the hole is known, presents a treacherous challenge and World Tour offers a memorable facsimile, complete with Hogan’s Bridge. The chance to challenge Rae’s Creek on the following par 5 is a treat as well.
The Championship Nine concludes with by taking golfers to Bay Hill’s 11th hole, a 395-yard par 4 that requires a heroic approach with water threatening on the left. It’s a dramatic conclusion on one of Myrtle Beach’s bucket-list courses.
From the customer service to the clubhouse and the layout, World Tour is more than just a replica course. While the emphasis is on the individual holes, the layout, when viewed as a whole, delivers a cohesive golf experience, and that’s why it works.
If you are playing World Tour, arrive early. Take the time to enjoy the clubhouse memorabilia and spend time warming up at one of the Myrtle Beach area’s premier practice facilities. When your playing partners are teeing off, read the plaques detailing each hole’s historic significance and certainly enjoy the opportunity to imagine yourself challenging the game’s greatest courses.
Add it all up and World Tour Golf Links is a unique experience, one you will be happy to enjoy more than once.
Video Tour: The Championship Nine at World Tour Golf Links
Video Tour: The Open Nine at World Tour Golf Links