With the PGA Championship coming to Kiawah’s Ocean Course, the eyes of the golf world will again turn to South Carolina, which inevitably leads to the question: when is Myrtle Beach going to host another PGA or LPGA Tour tournament?
Myrtle Beach has hosted several LPGA events, Senior Tour Championships and the finals of the PGA Tour’s Q-School, but there are no immediate plans for one of the game’s major tours to return to the area.
That being said, Myrtle Beach has more than a few courses capable of challenging the world’s best players. If and when one of the major tours return to the area, here the five courses most likely to host:
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club: This one almost goes without saying. When you’ve hosted six Senior PGA Tour Championships, the U.S. Women’s Open and the finals of the PGA Tour’s Q-School, your bona fides as a high-level golf course have long since been verified. The Dunes Club has added distance, allowing the Robert Trent Jones Sr. design to play well over 7,000 yards and if the decision was made to grow the rough, this layout would be a handful for the game’s greatest players.
TPC Myrtle Beach: Dustin Johnson’s former home course has hosted a Senior Tour Championship and TPC layouts are designed with the idea of testing professional golfers. Mission accomplished here in Myrtle Beach. This Lanny Wadkins-Tom Fazio design is always ready for the world’s best. (top photo)
Grande Dunes Resort Course – With six holes playing along the Intracoastal Waterway and the ability to stretch the layout to more than 7,600 yards, Grande Dunes is a modern design that is ready for tournament play. The combination of challenge and the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway make this a made-for-tv beauty.
Dye Course at Barefoot Resort: Pete Dye has designed a number of courses that currently host Tour events – here is looking at you, Sawgrass – and his work at Barefoot Resort is certainly capable of doing so. The length, those omnipresent bunkers and a design that plays tricks on your eyes are just a few of the reasons the Dye Course is always ready to host a tournament.
Prestwick Country Club: The Pete and P.B. Dye collaboration is just waiting for the opportunity to test professionals. This is a challenging track highlighted by the17th hole, a par 5 capable of bedeviling the best players golf has to offer. (pictured right)
There are other Myrtle Beach area courses capable of hosting a professional tournament, but that’s your top five.