Golf writer Chris King shares some inside information on what he considers to be Myrtle Beach’s 5 Prettiest golf courses (and some pretty nice aerial footage)
Hi, I’m Chris King, and welcome back to the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, your guide to America’s most popular golf destination. With the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, various rivers and tidal marshes, Myrtle Beach is the perfect backdrop for golf courses. But which is the area’s most stunning layout? We’ve got answers for you.
Starting at the top, Tidewater Golf Club is home to eight holes that play along either the Cherry Grove Inlet or the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s as stunning a golf course as you’ll find anywhere on the East Coast. The par three, third and 12th holes are a beautiful pair of bookend par threes. Number 13 offers a distant view of the Atlantic Ocean. And the fourth hole is, in my opinion, Myrtle Beach’s prettiest par four.
Up next, is Pawleys Plantation. This stunning Jack Nicklaus design features six holes on the back nine that play along a tidal marsh, highlighted by the par three 13th hole, which is really one of Myrtle Beach’s iconic challenges.
River’s Edge is an Arnold Palmer designed classic with six holes that play along the Shallotte River, it’s an ideal backdrop for a golf course. The par five ninth hole is one of the areas most memorable challenges.
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club is universally regarded as the area’s best course, and the views are a central part of its attraction. You can see the Atlantic Ocean from the ninth tee. Holes, 11, 12 and 13, otherwise known as alligator alley, play along Singleton Swash. It’s an unforgettable stretch of holes, and at the heart of the Dunes Golf and Beach Club’s appeal.
Last, but certainly not least, the resort course at Grande Dunes, with five holes to play along the Intracoastal Waterway, it’s a beautiful setting for a round of golf. A few of the highlights, the par four ninth hole where the waterway runs from tee to green. And of course, who can forget the par three 14th hole, which plays from an elevated tee box to a green that plays right alongside the Intracoastal. It is a pulse-quickening shot, and one of the most memorable anywhere along the Grand Strand.
And there’s a look at this Myrtle Beach Golf Insider’s five prettiest golf courses. I hope you get a chance to play all of them, and let us know what you think.