Golfweek magazine has unveiled its annual ranking of the best public courses in each state, and Myrtle Beach again dominated the list of golf-rich South Carolina’s best.
According to Golfweek, which compiles its list based on evaluations from a nationwide panel of raters, nine of the Palmetto State’s top 15 public golf courses reside along the Grand Strand.
Leading the Myrtle Beach contingent was the fourth-ranked Dunes Golf & Beach Club, followed by No. 5 Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, No. 6 True Blue, No. 7 Tidewater Golf Club, No. 10 Moorland at Legends Resort, No. 11 King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, No. 12 TPC Myrtle Beach, No. 13 Heritage Club and Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course was No. 15.
Golfweek also included Dunes Club (No. 59) and Caledonia (No. 61) among its “Top 100 U.S. public-access courses,” a ranking of the nation’s best public layouts.
A Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, Dunes Club is Myrtle Beach’s most acclaimed course. The layout has hosted six Senior PGA Tour Championships and the U.S. Women’s Open, among many other high profile professional and amateur events.
Caledonia (pictured right), Mike Strantz’ first solo design, delights players with its beauty and creativity, while its sister course, True Blue, provides a contrasting experience, showcasing some of the area’s largest fairways, greens and waste bunkers.
With nine holes that play along either the Intracoastal Waterway or Cherry Grove Inlet, Tidewater is one of South Carolina’s prettiest courses. While Tidewater entrances players with its beauty, Moorland, a P.B. Dye design, relies on a rugged challenge, highlighted by some of the area’s most diabolical greens complexes.
King’s North (pictured right), an Arnold Palmer classic, is home to what is arguably Myrtle Beach’s most recognizable challenge, the par 5 sixth hole, otherwise known as the “The Gambler.” Featuring an alternate island fairway, the daring among us have the opportunity to shorten the hole in hopes of making eagle. It’s an unforgettable hole on an unforgettable course.
TPC Myrtle Beach is where some of the biggest names in golf have tested themselves. The Tom Fazio-Lanny Wadkins design has hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship, an event Tom Watson won, and a NCAA Division I Region Championship that featured Collin Morikawa, among numerous other high profile amateur events.
Heritage Club combines a beautiful piece of lowcountry land and the creativity of Dan Maples to provide a challenge golfers have enjoyed for years.
The Dye Course, the longtime host of the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, is one of four outstanding courses at Barefoot Resort.
Adding to the Myrtle Beach area’s embarrassment of riches, just across the state line in Brunswick County, N.C., Thistle Golf Club, a 27-hole Tim Cate facility, was ranked the 12th best course in the Tar Heel state, while Tiger’s Eye at Ocean Ridge Plantation was No. 14.