Dynamic Duo: 2 Myrtle Beach Layouts Ranked Among America’s Top 100 Public Courses

Golf Digest has released its biennial ranking of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses,” and a pair of Myrtle Beach’s best and most popular layouts earned a spot on the prestigious list. The venerable magazine ranked Dunes Golf & Beach 56th and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club checked in as the 77th best public course in the United States.

Dunes Club has been on every iteration of the list since its 2003 founding. The Robert Trent Jones Sr., design was Myrtle Beach’s second course and it played a vital role in the area’s emergence as golf’s most popular destination. The classic design features uncommon elevation change, a byproduct of the windswept dunes created by the property’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, and the layout is a strong throughout. Players are challenged to hit a variety of shots and negotiate some of the area’s best greens complexes, but the course is most known for “Alligator Alley,” as holes 11 through 13 are known. Playing around a saltwater swash, the par 4 11th requires one of Myrtle Beach’s most beautiful and daunting approaches as water lurks along the right side and behind a narrow green. The 12th hole is a par 3 over the marsh, setting the stage for the 13th, one of golf’s iconic holes. Known was “Waterloo,” the par 5 is a 90-degree dogleg right that plays around Lake Singleton, presenting players with strategic decisions from tee to green.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club Golf Digest Top 100

Caledonia is equally memorable. Carved from a spectacular piece of lowcountry property, the layout is framed by soaring live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and defined by Mike Strantz’s architectural brilliance. Strantz’s first solo design, Caledonia has a footprint that is less than 120 acres and he maximized every inch of the property. The back nine is unforgettable, highlighted by the par 4 18th, a dogleg right that requires a carry over water to a green that resides in the shadow of an antebellum-style clubhouse. It’s an idyllic end to a memorable round of golf.

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Dunes Golf & Beach Club

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$320 early am
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$320 late pm
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

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$238 early am
$238   am
$218 late pm
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