Playing a great golf course occasionally comes with a sense of trepidation.
Don’t get your hackles up; it’s okay to admit some degree of anxiety can accompany a round of golf and the better the course, the more likely one is to be apprehensive. Golf’s best layouts tend to be among its most difficult, and no one wants to play poorly on a course they are so looking forward to teeing it up at.
Here are 10 Myrtle Beach golf courses, many of them among the area’s best, that may cause you a restless night of sleep before arriving at the first tee:
— The Dunes Club is the area’s most acclaimed course and also one of its most daunting. This is a top 100 layout that will test every part of your game, including greens that are faster than a Formula I car.
— TPC Myrtle Beach was Dustin Johnson’s home course for a reason – it’s a big-boy golf course. You will need to check your ego at the door, because you will endure a few haymakers on this Lanny Wadkins-Tom Fazio design.
— Tidewater Golf Club is arguably the Myrtle Beach’s area’s prettiest course – nine holes play along Cherry Grove Inlet or the Intracoastal Waterway – and it’s definitely one of the most fearsome.
— Pawleys Plantation Golf Club is either 1A or 1B on any list of Myrtle Beach’s most scenic courses, along with Tidewater, and players arrive at the first tee knowing they need to bring their ‘A’ game. Pawleys guarantees an unforgettable round of golf. (Photo right)
— Many golfers expect to find the Dye Course ranked as Barefoot’s scariest, but the vote here goes to the Fazio layout. The 467-yard, par 4 (that’s not a typo!) fifth hole is enough to ensure that Fazio Course’s place among Myrtle Beach’s most frightening rounds.
— With its elevated fairways and expansive waste bunkers, Founders Club, which has been in superb condition throughout 2021, has enjoyed a rising profile. Part of the layout’s appeal lies in its challenge as low handicappers relish the opportunity to play the unique design.
— Prestwick Country Club is one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular layouts and architect PB Dye lived up to his family’s reputation for creating rugged challenges. The closing stretch at Prestwick, highlighted by the par 5 17th hole, is brawny for even the best of players. (Top photo #18 Green)
— The Moorland Course at Legend Resort was once ranked among America’s 50 toughest courses, but it’s not the most frightening test on property. That distinction belongs to Parkland, a layout that is long and tight.
— I was reluctant to include True Blue because I find it more playable than most, but this Mike Strantz design is one many people find intimidating. You can score at True Blue, which is home to big fairways, big greens and big bunkers, but it won’t be without dicey moments. (Photo right)
— Glen Dornoch will have you on edge throughout the round, but starting with the par 4 16th hole, the finishing stretch is among the area’s most difficult, earning the Clyde Johnston design a spot on our list.