Nobody wants to post a big number on the first day of their golf trip. The best way to start your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation with a score you are proud of is to play a layout conducive to going low. Here are five courses that will deliver an enjoyable round of golf and give you a chance to score.
— If you are coming in on Highway 501, plan to stop at Myrtle Beach National and play the West Course. According to the USGA’s slope rating, it’s the Grand Strand’s easiest course, and, best of all, it’s always in good shape. The West Course is fun to play and water is at a minimum. Truth is, this layout is good play anytime.
— Groups arriving in Myrtle Beach from the north, via Highway 17, should play Sandpiper Bay Golf Club, a 27-hole facility renowned for being a player-friendly track. All three nines have received new MiniVerde greens in recent years and generous fairways offer room off the tee. Best of all, you can play 9, 18 or 27.
— Litchfield Country Club is an ideal place to start a trip. The old school design is a treat to play and it has three sets of tees between 5,912 yards and 6,692 yards. Don’t ignore that set of tees at 5,912 yards. It’s more than enough length for 70 percent of players and it’s an ideal distance for your first round.
— Controlling the driver is always a challenge, but The Wizard provides plenty of margin for error. The links-style design is home to some of the area’s widest fairways and the bentgrass greens are often open in the front. This is a course golfers expect to score well on.
— The PineHills Course at Myrtlewood enjoys a central location and a player-friendly design. The white tees plays a manageable 6,112 yards and while there is water on 13 holes, it’s not overwhelming. Myrtlewood has long been one of the area’s most popular facilities and it makes for a perfect introduction to the Grand Strand.