As group leaders are planning their next Myrtle Beach golf trip, an outstanding course lineup is always high on the priority list.
That desire inevitably leads to this question: which Myrtle Beach golf courses will be best to play in fall of 2022? The choices are many but here are five layouts that should be atop your wish list:
– Grande Dunes Resort Club has long been regarded as one of Myrtle Beach’s premier courses and after a planned reopening on September 15 with new greens, bunkers and a renovated clubhouse, the experience will go to another level. Featuring five holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway and greens that will be nearly 40 percent larger, a tee time at Grande Dunes will be even more coveted than normal.
– One of Myrtle Beach’s hidden gems, River Hills (top photo) will reopen in mid-August with new greens and an overhaul of its bunkers. The putting surfaces on the Tom Jackson design will be dramatically expanded and golfers should be clamoring to play a course that has made countless trips better.
– Easy to access, long on value, and home to an outstanding design, Arcadian Shores will be in prime condition this fall. Arcadian was famed architect Rees Jones’ first solo effort and you can see echoes of the Dunes Club, one of his father’s (Robert Trent Jones Sr.,) most acclaimed layouts. Large fairways make for an inviting target on a course that could become a perennial favorite.
– Myrtle Beach is home to many courses that don’t attract a surplus of attention but deliver an experience and value that exceed expectations. Layouts like Tradition Club, (pictured right) for example. The Ron Garl design flies under the radar, but it’s a delight to play. The fairways and greens are generous, setting the stage for an enjoyable round that encapsulates much of what makes Myrtle Beach so popular.
– Standing out in a market with 90 courses isn’t easy, but The Wizard, a links-ish style, Dan Maples design provides a different experience. The layout opens with a par 5 around a lake and closes with three holes that bring water into play, but the meat of the course provides players a taste of Scotland. Mounding, pot bunkers, a variety of native grasses and some of the area’s largest greens provide the Wizard with ample charm. Did we mention its home to thriving bentgrass greens?
As we look forward to the fall season, these five layouts will make the good times even better on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip.