The King, The Black Knight and Intracoastal: Myrtle Beach’s 5 Coolest Golf Holes

Myrtle Beach is home to a lot of golf holes – more than 1,600 to be exact – of all shapes and sizes. Buttonhook par 5s, short par 4s, gargantuan par 3s, whatever type of challenge you are looking for, it can be found on a Myrtle Beach golf trip.

In a crowded landscape, a select group of holes stand out. They aren’t necessarily the “best” but they are challenges players discuss after a round. Put another way, they are cool golf holes that attract attention for different reasons.

If you enjoy deviating from the norm, here are Myrtle Beach’s five “coolest” golf holes.

● No surprise the par 5 sixth hole at King’s North, otherwise known as “The Gambler,” (pictured right) tops our list. Home to an alternate, island fairway, this is one of Myrtle Beach most recognizable holes and it forces every player into a decision: do you want to try to hit the alternate fairway and reach the green in two? It’s as dramatic a decision as there is at the beach. There are a lot of reasons to play King’s North, and The Gambler is near the top.

● Speaking of cool holes, the par 4 eighth at Blackmoor fits the bill. Played conventionally, it’s a 347-yard (white tees), 90-degree dogleg right. Nothing unique about that but golf legend and course architect Gary Player cut a 30-yard chute through the trees, providing a straight shot to a green 270 yards away. The gap is narrow but the rewards are abundant. This is a one-of-a-kind hole.

● Barefoot Resort is home to 72 holes, and No. 4 on the Love Course is the property’s most discussed. Playing just 265 yards (white tees), it’s drivable, which isKing's North always a plus, but what makes this hole so memorable are the faux ruins of an old plantation home that backstop the green. It’s an unforgettable setting and you have a legit shot at birdie.

● Playing from an elevated tee box to a large green that abuts the Intracoastal Waterway, the 14th hole at Grande Dunes Resort Club is one of the area’s memorable challenges. The tee box is among the highest points on the property and the panoramic view of the waterway is spectacular. Bring your phone to the tee box.

● At the heart of Myrtle Beach’s appeal is its coastal location, and Myrtlewood’s Palmetto Course (top photo) was the first layout to play along the Intracoastal Waterway, which makes me a sucker for the par 4 18th. The tee box overlooks a generous fairway and offers a long view of the waterway. Combine that history with a sign that informs golfers how far it is to Miami and New York via the Intracoastal and No. 18 earns a spot on our list.

With so many choices, your definition of cool and list may look different, but these five holes never disappoint.

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