As the mercury rises and families fill hotel rooms, Myrtle Beach’s famed buddies’ golf trips aren’t as plentiful during the summer months, but that doesn’t mean they are non-existent.
Plenty of golfers travel to the area (or sneak away from the beach for a day) to enjoy the value of Myrtle Beach golf in the summer. If you plan to do the same in 2022, here are our five summer steals, the courses that offer the best bang for your golfing dollar.
– At the top of our summer must-play list is Glen Dornoch, which features five holes that bring the Intracoastal Waterway into view. Starting at just $41, Glen Dornoch delivers great value and has long been one of the area’s more popular courses. It’s a tough track but with the final three holes concluding along the waterway, the Clyde Johnston design is unforgettable. Make sure you leave time to enjoy the view from the clubhouse porch overlooking the double green holes 9 and 18 share.
– Coastal Carolina’s Hackler Course offers a nice layout in a university setting, a good combination for a relaxing summer round. Starting at $41 and located west of the beach, Hackler is a convenient course to get to. This is a layout you likely haven’t played but it’s worth a try.
– The opportunity to play Willbrook starting at $47 is larceny. The Dan Maples design is long on lowcountry beauty, alligators and good times. The Pawleys Island layout showcases Maples’ creativity and the live oak trees draped in Spanish moss golfers talk about long after returning home. Survive No. 1, a treacherous dogleg right par 4, and a low score could await.
– Burning Ridge, a couple miles closer to the beach than the Hackler Course, also delivers on the value and experiential sides. The layout, particularly the back nine, can be demanding but this is one of the area’s most overlooked tracks. Burning Ridge starts at $52 and you will get the opportunity to challenge the monstrous 200-yard (white tees) 12th hole, one of the area’s toughest par 3s. Burning Ridge is a sneaky good golf course.
– Shaftesbury Glen (top photo) is worth the drive to Conway following a two-part renovation project that added 500,000 square feet of waste bunkers and the installation of new Sunday ultradwarf bermudagrass in recent years. Relax, I know what you are thinking about all the sand but it’s not nearly as hazardous as you suspect. The waste bunkers added greater visual contrast without making the course significantly more difficult. A round at Shaftesbury, which starts at just $51, is a summer treat.
There are numerous other outstanding summer golf deals in Myrtle Beach but these five are tough to beat.
(Please note: Starting prices are subject to change based on availability. Noted pricing is based on a mid/late June time period)