Those who have been visiting South Carolina’s Grand Strand to golf for some time know exactly when to have the camera ready.
Spots like the 14th hole at Grande Dunes Resort Course or Dunes Golf & Beach Club’s Waterloo, the Gambler at King’s North or Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Link’s final two holes. There’s a reason friends and family have said “Yeah, John, we’ve seen those before.”
It’s no secret, then, that five others have long since cut their teeth in the Instagram circles.
KING’S NORTH, NO. 12
Myrtle Beach National’s 54 holes include plenty of great visuals you can capture along the way. But there’s always something about No. 12 at King’s North. For Arnold Palmer and his design group, the island green, the banked front or the wooden cart path connecting it all to the mainland wasn’t enough. With the implementation of two bunkers in the shape of an “S” and a “C”, the hole takes on the look of something not seen anywhere else. Pro tip: To get it all in your shot, you’re going to need to hold the camera as high as possible. Unless you’re Shaq.
PAWLEYS PLANTATION, NO. 13
We might be attaching a bit of nostalgia from the fall of 2018 here, but during Jack Nicklaus’s well-documented return to his Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, there were hundreds of photos snapped while he stood on the green of his famed short Par 3. Between the wide-open backdrop of the marsh and the 70 yards (or less) from the tee box to the green, even those who struggle with an iPhone camera can pull this one off. (pictured right)
PINES LAKES COUNTRY CLUB, CLUBHOUSE
No place in Myrtle Beach golf houses as much history as the clubhouse at Pine Lakes Country Club. And not just because the local hall of fame is parked here. From the origination of Sports Illustrated to the ever-crucial talks of developing and expanding the game, the area’s first course has been producing document-worthy moments for just shy of a century. It just so happens that a selfie or group shot in front of the primary entrance to the building is your way to adding to it in your own unique way.
TPC MYRTLE BEACH, NO. 18
We’re throwing a huge caveat to this one, so consider yourself warned. Along the final few yards of the 18th hole at TPC of Myrtle Beach is a “I survived” type moment waiting for you. After you putt in your final shot of the day, grab your ball, walk over toward the pond you just navigated and let go of a few bucks in a symbolic moment while your friends snap away. But – and this is a huge but – make sure you don’t get too close to the gator who calls this pond home. (pictured right)
WORLD TOUR, OPEN NO. 9
Not all of us can make it to St. Andrews. A trip to World Tour Golf Links isn’t a bad consolation prize. And since you’re there, be ready as you round out the Open 9 with the replica of St. Andrews’ 18th hole. Complete with the Swilcan Burn and the strong bridge, anyone can pay homage to Arnold Palmer’s 1995 final walk over the stone and away from the British Open for good. And with the hole itself playing slightly uphill toward the clubhouse, the framing here is excellent to point-point that bridge and whomever is standing atop it.(top photo)
All photos for this story from our Instagram account @myrtlebeachgolftrips