Only six Myrtle Beach golf courses play along the Intracoastal Waterway and while every view is an enjoyable one, some are more dramatic than others. If you are looking for the best combination of a great golf hole and a spectacular view, here are Myrtle Beach’s five best Intracoastal Waterway holes.
No. 1 – The 14th at Grande Dunes Resort Club, an unforgettable par 3, is one of the area’s most photographed holes. Playing from an elevated tee box to a green bordering the waterway, No. 14 is the most anticipated hole on a course full of them. The panoramic view from the tee is unmatched and the hole offers players bail out room to the left, a combination of playability and beauty that makes the 14th at Grande Dunes the area’s best waterway hole.
No. 2 – The 18th hole at Glen Dornoch (pictured right) plays as close to the water as any course at the beach. Only a matter of feet separate the fairway from boats passing by, which adds to the appeal, as does the double green it shares with the ninth hole. The clubhouse is just yards from the green, making it a perfect spot to relax after the round, enhancing the impact of the waterway on the closing hole at Glen Dornoch.
No. 3 – Myrtle Beach’s first waterway hole remains among its best and most popular. The par 4 18th hole at Myrtlewood’s Palmetto Course (top photo) is better than ever following Dan Schlegel’s 2019 renovation project. An elevated tee provides a memorable start to hole that plays along the water from tee to green.
No. 4 – The 10th hole on Barefoot’s Norman Course (pictured below) is very similar to the 14th at Grande Dunes. Both are par 3s along the Waterway playing from an elevated tee box. Norman’s 10th hole is shorter, playing 135 yards from the white tees, though it doesn’t offer quite as much bailout room. Either way, this is a beautiful hole.
No. 5 – The fifth hole on the appropriately named Waterway 9 at Arrowhead Country Club plays along the Intracoastal Waterway from tee to green. The water is close enough you almost feel like you could hop on a passing boat (or hook a golf ball in it!).
Your list of the waterway’s prettiest holes may differ but this starting five is pretty stout!