Grande Dunes Resort Course, long regarded as one of Myrtle Beach’s premier layouts, has been tapped to host one of the area’s biggest events.
A Roger Rulewich design, Grande Dunes will be home to the World Amateur Handicap Championship’s Flight Winners’ Playoff on September 1.
The Flight Winners’ Playoff is the culmination of the World Am, a 72-hole, net stroke play event that is again expected to attract more than 3,200 golfers from across the globe. The World Am flights players based on age, gender and handicap and after four rounds all flight winners will advance to play at Grande Dunes for the right to call themselves “World Champion.”
With five holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, Grande Dunes will provide an idyllic conclusion to the 40th annual event.
The course underwent a comprehensive greens, bunkers and clubhouse renovation project in the summer of 2022 and is in prime condition. The greens renovation, which included the installation of new TifEagle bermudagrass, returned the putting surfaces to their original specifications, an effort that expanded the greens by more than 33 percent.
Additionally, every bunker on the course was overhauled and enhanced by the installation of Capillary Concrete Bunker Liners, ensuring the bunkers are among the region’s best.
The redesign of the clubhouse, which included the opening of Terrazza 19, a new onsite restaurant, has been as well received as the on-course work. The popularity of Terrazza 19 combined with increased outdoor seating help make Grande Dunes an ideal host for the Flight Winner’s Playoff.
Grande Dunes is home to large fairways and greens, ensuring the layout doesn’t overwhelm mid to high handicappers while challenging more skilled players to hit the proper spots if they hope to make birdie. The quality of the layout combined with the beauty of the Intracoastal have helped make Grande Dunes one of the area’s most popular facilities.
The course’s most memorable hole is the 14th, a downhill par 3 that plays to a green residing along the waterway, producing a tee shot that is one South Carolina’s most dramatic, and it will help determine who earns the mantle of World Champion in 2023.
(Photos from our Instagram Account @myrtlebeachgolftrips)