As daylight or energy levels begin to wane, playing 36 holes is nearly impossible, but golfers often want more than 18. Fortunately, the options for playing 27 in Myrtle Beach are as attractive as they are abundant.
The third nine can be the most enjoyable as groups change up formats and put a little extra cash on the line, so don’t miss out. Here are our top five 27-hole days:
— Myrtle Beach National is home to three courses so options are aplenty. The facility is anchored by King’s North, and whether you play the opening 18 there or able to squeeze in nine holes, it should be part of your day. Playing “The Gambler,” the unforgettable par 5 with an alternate, island fairway, is a must. SouthCreek and the West Course are ideal complements to King’s North. Spending an entire day at Myrtle Beach National is a win for any golf group.
— Arrowhead Country Club was voted Myrtle Beach’s 12th best golf course by area PGA professionals and it’s a 27-hole facility, home to Cypress, Lakes and Waterway nines. Throw-in holes along the Intracoastal Waterway, outstanding conditions and a central location, and Arrowhead is a near perfect venue for additional play.
— There is a case to be made the best place to play 27 is Wild Wing. The Avocet Course is an open, interesting layout from the first tee to the 18th green and after golfers conclude on the Larry Nelson design, they can tee it up on the 9-hole Hummingbird Course. A par 34, Hummingbird offers a significant test and it plays 3,046 yards with four par 3s and a single par 5. It’s an enjoyable nine and an ideal way to cap a day.
— Thistle, (pictured above) like Arrowhead, is ranked among the area’s top 20 courses and it’s an immaculate 27-hole facility, complete with the area’s best clubhouse. Named after the original Thistle Golf Club in Leith, Scotland, the facility pays homage to its roots in the Olde Country throughout the round. The property is located just across the state line in Brunswick County, N.C., so it’s a 35-40 minute drive from downtown Myrtle Beach, but it’s worth the trek.
— Aberdeen Country Club is another 27-hole facility that tips its cap to the game’s Scottish roots. There are few trees on the course and housing is at a minimum. The property resides along the Waccamaw riverfront preserve so there is water on 23 of 27 holes. The Highlands, Meadows and Woodlands nines are a treat to play, and the new clubhouse provides an enjoyable place to cap off your day with a good meal and a drink.