Myrtle Beach is home to almost 90 layouts which means a handful of courses don’t receive the attention they deserve. MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com insider Chris King highlights five of them
Hi, I’m Chris King, your MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com insider, and today, we’re taking you to the Grand Strand’s five most underrated golf courses. Myrtle Beach is home to 90 layout, which means a handful of courses don’t receive the attention they deserve. So which area courses fly a little too far under the radar? Glad you asked.
Did you know Arcadian Shores (pictured right) was once ranked among America’s 100 greatest public courses by Golf Digest? Sure, it was back in the late 70s, but Jones’s first solo design remains strong. The course underwent a renovation three years ago that included new greens, new cart paths, new bunkers, and a brand new clubhouse. The course is as good as it’s ever been in and criminally underrated. Along the South Strand, Caledonia, Pawley’s Plantation, and TPC Myrtle Beach attract all the attention overshadowing courses that are absolutely worth your attention. If you’re looking for seriously underrated layouts, River Club, Founders Club, or Litchfield could easily appear on your list.
But give me Willbrook, the Dan Maple’s design is a treat to play. The layout sits amidst a beautiful piece of low country property and fairways aligned by live oak trees draped in Spanish Moss. I could play Willbrook every day. Arrowhead Country Club hides in plain sight, just minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach and the airport. A 27 hole facility, Arrowhead is one of six area courses that play along the intercoastal waterway and it’s in suburb year round condition. Golfers never leave Arrowhead disappointed.
How could a Jack Nicklaus design possibly be underrated? I’ve wondered the same thing, but Long Bay Club (pictured right) is. It’s one of the North Strands premier layouts offering challenge and memorability. The back nine in particular is outstanding, highlighted by the par four 18, which has been ranked among Myrtle Beach’s top 100 holes. Throw in the island green 13th and the short par four 10th, and you have the recipe for a great day of golf.
Last, but certainly not least Wild Wing Avocet course is a delight. The layout designed by former PGA championship winner, Larry Nelson and Jeff Brower is varied and playable throughout. Throw in the nine hole hummingbird course, and you have 27 holes at your disposal. If you haven’t already, it’s time to rediscover Wild Wing. And there you have it, five Myrtle Beach golf courses that have low profiles but deliver big results. I look forward to seeing you on the first tee.