A rough winter throughout much of the country has now come and gone, and golfers eager to cure their cabin fever are itching to hit the links in Myrtle Beach this spring.
And for those with the fever looking for a bit of guidance, the ones who’ve already experienced Grand Strand golf in 2016 are weighing in at the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider with their thoughts on the area’s hottest-trending courses heading into the peak season. Of those courses played and reviewed by visiting golfers in early 2016, the following courses had the highest overall ratings as of March 1 (based on their 10 most recently submitted reviews):
1. Tiger’s Eye Golf Links at Ocean Ridge Plantation (9.3)
2. Grande Dunes Resort Club (9.2)
3. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club (9.1)
4. SouthCreek at Myrtle Beach National (9.0)
5. Myrtlewood Golf Club – Palmetto Course (8.9)
6. Prestwick Country Club (8.8)
t-7. Panther’s Run Golf Links at Ocean Ridge Plantation (8.7)
t-7. River Club (8.7)
t-7. Long Bay Club (8.7)
t-7. True Blue Plantation (8.7)
t-7. Myrtlewood Golf Club – Pinehills Course (8.7)
Of his Feb. 22, 2016 experience at Tiger’s Eye, reviewer Brian offered that “overall course conditions were excellent. Greens were fast and true, holding well. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Starter took the time to engage in conversation with our group and helped set the tone for an enjoyable day.”
Timothy, an 8.6 handicapper who played Prestwick back in January, opined that “Prestwick is one of the best in Myrtle. The greens are painted up a bit but very playable. It’s one of my favorites. We played after a few days of rain but only 5 holes were cart restricted because it drains very well. The staff was very friendly which helps makes the day pleasant. Some easy holes and some you really need to pay attention. We will be return soon for another round.”
In addition to their high Golf Insider rankings, Grande Dunes, The Dunes Golf & Beach Club & True Blue Plantation also garnered recent attention from Golfweek Magazine as each course was named to the publication’s “Best You Can Play in South Carolina” list for 2016 – joining seven additional Grand Strand designs (Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Tidewater Golf Club, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, TPC Myrtle Beach, Legends Resort & Golf’s Moorland Course, The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort and Heritage Club) on this prestigious list.
For more information on Grand Strand designs, including the most recent reviews submitted by visiting golfers, visit the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider at www.MBGolfInsider.com.