Golf has welcomed many new players to the game over the last couple of years, and as the newbies start traveling, Myrtle Beach is home to a number of beginner-friendly courses.
That doesn’t mean these layouts are too “easy” for better players, but it does mean they have tees and/or architectural features that make them more attractive for developing golfers. Here are our top 5 Myrtle Beach golf courses for beginners:
At the top of any list of playable Myrtle Beach layouts is the West Course at Myrtle Beach National. The threat from water is minimal, onerous forced carries are non-existent, and at just 6,100 yards from the white tees, it’s relatively short. The fairways are tree-lined but, hey, you can’t have it all. (top photo)
Meadowlands Golf Club, located just across the state line in Brunswick County, N.C., has undergone course renovations with the goal of making the course even more player-friendly in recent years. Meadowlands has a pair of par 5s that play less than 450 yards so if you can get the ball off the ground, you have a chance. The Willard Byrd design was once ranked among the nation’s Top 100 Courses for Women, and it continues to offer playability for everyone.
Here is a surprise entry on our list: the Norman Course at Barefoot Resort. It’s a tougher layout but not overwhelmingly so, and the par 72 plays just 5,700 yards from the white tees. Just because someone is a new player, it doesn’t mean they wouldn’t enjoy playing along the Intracoastal Waterway on a layout designed by a two-time major champion. (pictured right)
The PineHills Course at Myrtlewood is a long-time favorite of traveling golfers and at the heart of its popularity are location and playability. Whether you are low-handicapper, new to the game, or looking to get the family away from the beach for a day, PineHills is an ideal place for a tee time.
Wide fairways and large relatively flat greens make The Wizard a popular spot for developing golfers. The links-inspired design offers plenty of latitude and it’s always in good shape. Water factors significantly into the final three holes, including the island green 17th, so you may lose a few more balls at the Wizard, but it’s a small price to pay.