With Myrtle Beach rumored to be hosting a PGA Tour event beginning in 2024, the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue is: Which golf course will challenge the world’s best players?
Myrtle Beach is home to 90 courses, but it takes more than a great layout to host a PGA Tour event. The course will need to have infrastructure in place to handle crowds, be walking friendly, and perhaps above all else, provide plenty of length.
With that in mind, here are the four Myrtle Beach golf courses, listed in alphabetical order, most likely to be home to a new PGA Tour event.
– Dunes Golf & Beach Club has hosted a U.S. Women’s Open, six Senior PGA
Tour Championships, and the finals of the PGA Tour’s Q-School, so it has the professional pedigree. At 7,355 yards, the Dunes Club, likely playing as a par 70 or 71, has enough length to go with its rich history. (Dunes Club 12th top photo)
– Any course designed by legendary architect Pete Dye has to be under consideration, and that is certainly the case with his namesake design at Barefoot Resort. Stretching to 7,346 yards there is length and Dye’s mounding, waste bunkers and visual deception would provide a test. With its stadium style design and demonstrated ability to handle crowds, the Dye Course has the infrastructure to host as well.
– When it comes to challenging PGA Tour players, length is always a concern but if there is one Myrtle Beach layout that is up to the task, it’s the Grande Dunes Resort Course, which can stretch to 7,578 yards. Throw in five holes along the Intracoastal Waterway to provide stunning visuals, along with a renovation in the summer of 2022 that has the course in pristine condition, and Grande Dunes is a strong sleeper candidate. (Grande Dunes Resort Club 1st pictured right)
– Last but certainly not least is TPC Myrtle Beach. For starters it’s a Tour branded course and this Tom Fazio/Lanny Wadkins design, which has hosted a Senior PGA Tour Championship, might be best positioned to challenge Tour players. The layout currently tips out at 6,950 yards, so it would need to add 300-400 yards but there is room to do so. If TPC adds length, its fairway corridors are tighter than any other course on this list and its greens complexes were designed with the idea of testing the game’s best players. (TPC Myrtle Beach 17th pictured right)
What Myrtle Beach golf course is should host a PGA Tour event, in your estimation?
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