The Decade that Changed Myrtle Beach: Great Golf Arrived in the 1990s

By the time 1990 arrived, Myrtle Beach was opening courses at a dizzying rate and that continued over the proceeding 10 years. Forty-three golf courses opened during the 1990s, but the decade is remembered for far than the volume of layouts it produced. From the opening of Tidewater Golf Club in 1990 to the first tee shot at TPC Myrtle Beach in 1999, Myrtle Beach saw its reputation for providing world class golf begin to soar.

Some of the area’s most acclaimed courses opened during the decade. Don’t believe me? Consider being a Myrtle Beach golfer trying to keep up with this array of course openings:

1990 – Tidewater

1994 – Caledonia, Arrowhead

1996 – King’s North (Arnold Palmer returned to personally oversee the TOTAL renovation of the course)

1998 – True Blue

1999 – TPC Myrtle Beach, Rivers Edge, Thistle, World Tour

In a  survey of Grand Strand PGA pros, asking them to rank Myrtle Beach’s top 20 courses, eight of the top 20 and five of the Grand Strand’s top 10 were constructed during the 1990s. Caledonia (No. 2), Tidewater (No. 3), TPC Myrtle  Beach (No. 6), True Blue (No. 7) and King’s North (No. 10) led a group of designs that changed the reputation of the Myrtle Beach golf community, a transformation that continues to reverberate to this day.

In addition to the top 100 layouts, a slew of other courses that still enjoy great popularity opened in the ‘90’s, including all three layouts at Legends – Heathland, Moorland and ParklandWild Wing Avocet, Tradition Club and Crow Creek, among many others. When Y2K arrived, Myrtle Beach was golf’s hottest destination, thanks in large part to the quality of the designs that opened in the 1990s.

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Tidewater Golf Club

4.4/5
(159 reviews)
$134 early am
$137   am
$140   pm
$134 late pm
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

4.5/5
(625 reviews)
$180 early am
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TPC Myrtle Beach

4.6/5
(814 reviews)
$143 early am
$143   am
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$100 late pm
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Arrowhead Country Club

4.3/5
(619 reviews)
$88 early am
$88   am
$88   pm
$88 late pm
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$103 early am
$103   am
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$88 late pm
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True Blue Golf Club

4.6/5
(144 reviews)
$156 early am
$163   am
$149   pm
$142 late pm
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Rivers Edge

4.3/5
(62 reviews)
early am
$130   am
$120   pm
$95 late pm
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Thistle Golf Club

4.8/5
(670 reviews)
$155 early am
$155   am
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$129 late pm
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World Tour Golf Links

4.5/5
(597 reviews)
early am
$116   am
$94   pm
$74 late pm
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Wild Wing – Avocet Course

4.4/5
(272 reviews)
$81 early am
$73   am
$73   pm
$62 late pm
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Tradition Golf Club

4.5/5
(667 reviews)
$82 early am
$88   am
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$61 late pm
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Crow Creek Golf Club

4.2/5
(165 reviews)
$98 early am
$98   am
$98   pm
$83 late pm
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