Myrtle Beach has long been lauded for the depth and quality of its course offerings, and Golfweek’s ranking of the “Top 200 Golf Resorts in the U.S.” provided further affirmation of the area’s strength.
Golfweek ranked nine Myrtle Beach area layouts among America’s top 200 resort courses, a group led by the Dunes Golf & Beach Club (No. 43), Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (No. 47) and True Blue Golf Club (No. 73).
Myrtle Beach’s three top 100 courses were followed by King’s North at Myrtle Beach National (No. 142, pictured above), Moorland Course at Legends Resort (No. 144), Grande Dunes Resort Course (No. 174) and the Dye (No. 153), Love (No. 166) and Fazio (No. 193) layouts at Barefoot Resort.
There was no surprise in seeing the Dunes Club (pictured below) leading the area’s list of honorees. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, which has hosted PGA Tour and USGA events, is widely regarded as the area’s best, highlighted by “Alligator Alley,” as holes 11 through 13 are known.
Caledonia and True Blue, sister courses designed by Mike Strantz, offer contrasting but no less memorable experiences. Caledonia showcases the area’s lowcountry beauty while True Blue, with its expansive fairways, waste bunkers and greens offers a more rugged challenge.
King’s North, one of the area’s iconic courses, is home to “The Gambler,” a risk-reward par 5 that offers the opportunity to play to an alternate, island fairway, setting up a chance to reach the green in two and make eagle.
A P.B. Dye design, Moorland (pictured below) is home to generous fairways, massive greens, and “Hell’s Half-Acre,” otherwise known as the 16th hole. The 223-yard challenge is one of the best short par 4s in all of South Carolina.
Grande Dunes is renowned for having five holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, most famously the par 3 14th. Playing from an elevated tee box, No. 14 features a green that overlooks the waterway, making it one of the most dramatic tee shots along the Myrtle Beach golf scene.
The three Barefoot courses that earned recognition are universally regarded as among the area’s best. The only question surrounding the Love, Fazio and Dye courses regards the order they will be ranked.
The Love Course is the most player-friendly of the trio, allowing golfers a chance to score, while the Fazio and Dye layouts will test every part of a player’s game.
Golfweek ranks courses based on the evaluation of a nationwide panel of expert raters.