The Sea Trail Resort Villas are located north of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and south of Wilmington, N.C. The property sprawls across 2,600 acres and features three championship golf courses. Villas span from one to four bedrooms in size and are equipped with full kitchens, all within 1.5 miles from the barrier island beaches. Indoor and outdoor pools are…
Brunswick Plantation Resort and Golf is located in Calabash, North Carolina, on the north end of the Myrtle Beach-area Grand Strand. This 2,000-acre development features a residential community and semi-private, 27-hole golf course. Villa rentals are available for rent with studio, one- and two-bedroom units. There are multiple outdoor pools…
With 72 holes of golf designed by noted architects Pete Dye and Tom Fazio as well as major champions Greg Norman and Davis Love III, Barefoot Resort is one of the prime places to stay and play in the Myrtle beach area. Hundreds of on-site villa accommodations are ideal for visiting groups of any size, and proximity to the beach and other area…
Grande Dunes is one of Myrtle Beach's premiere developments, combining the semi-private Members Club, accessible Resort Club and a large real estate development. Two hotels - the Marina Inn and the Grande Dunes Marriott - provide upscale accommodations for discerning visiting groups and families.
The Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club in Conway, South Carolina, is part of the Glens Golf Group of Myrtle Beach. In addition to the Clyde Johnston course, it is home to an English Manor clubhouse and the Shaftesbury Suites, five luxury two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites on the second floor, overlooking the course and the Waccamaw River. The suites…
Beau Rivage Golf & Resort is a semi-private resort and golf club located near the historic and coastal town center of Wilmington, North Carolina. There are 28 total guest units, including two-bedroom suites that are large and feature over 900 square feet of space, a private first-floor balcony and kitchenette. The golf course is 18 holes and plays…
With 36 holes of golf by Ault, Clark & Associates (Palmetto) and Arthur Hills (PineHills), Myrtlewood Golf Club is an affordable, enjoyable and centrally-located facility around which to base a Myrtle Beach golf vacation. The on-site Myrtlewood Villas offer comfortable and well-priced accommodations, too. Several of the areas best attractions -…
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina will always be golf's all-you-can-eat buffet. Roughly 90 courses call the Grand Strand home, stretching 90 miles from Pawleys Island, S.C. to the southern edges of North Carolina.
Your ball is going to find the Shallotte River at least once during your round at River's Edge Golf Club in Shallotte, N.C., that's practically a guarantee. But this river is also going to serve up some of the Carolinas' best marsh holes along the way.
The Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club -- in Sunset Beach, N.C., just north of Myrtle Beach -- is literally surrounded by its competition. But as golf developments have sprung up around it, the 27-hole club hasn't gotten lost in the shuffle. In fact, it was named the 2010 course of the year by the Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association after finishing a major three-year renovation. Sandpiper Bay isn't cruel and conniving like so many modern layouts, and there's something to be said for straight-forward, well designed holes.
Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center experienced some financial problems when the economy nose-dived, but the resort in Brunswick County, N.C. is on its way back to the forefront of the collection of north Grand Strand resorts. If you're looking for a home away from home at the north end of the Myrtle Beach golf mecca, Sea Trail fits the bill in more ways than one, Kiel Christianson writes.
If you're a sun-starved, land-locked Northerner headed down to Myrtle Beach and want to be smothered in postcard-worthy golf holes, Oyster Bay Golf Links is a more than worthy selection. It's got island greens, lakes, marshes and plenty of gators lounging along banks. Some of the holes will have you standing on the tee for a moment and marveling.
Crow Creek Golf Club receives a fraction of the amount of ink and advertising space of some of the Myrtle Beach area's more dominating resort companies. You're probably only going to learn about the place by hearing about it from a friend or driving past its entrance on Highway 17 or simply by accident. You should check it out, Brandon Tucker writes from the Grand Strand.
One perennial favorite course among golfers visiting Brunswick County is Farmstead Golf Links in Calabash. To clarify: The clubhouse is in North Carolina, but the 480-acre golf course wends its way from the Tarheel State into South Carolina and then from the Palmetto State back into North Carolina. With immaculate conditioning and an excellent staff, it's no wonder that Farmstead Golf Links is one of the top picks for visitors to the north Grand Strand.
Taking its name from the legendary Royal Dornoch in the Highlands of Scotland, Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links is arguably the finest of all the Myrtle Beach golf courses along the Intracoastal Waterway.
With some of the area's most photogenic holes along the Intracoastal Waterway, Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation is a favorite pick for most glossy Myrtle Beach advertisements. You're in for one of Myrtle Beach's prettiest rounds at Tidewater but also one of its most challenging, with a slope/rating of 74.8/144 from the championship tees.
There just aren't many chinks in Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation's armor. It's a great layout with great holes at every turn in a setting that never ceases to amaze. It's a demanding test that can gobble up golf balls, but the views soften the blow of turning in a scorecard that might be better off being ripped up and discarded, Jason Scott Deegan writes.
River Hills Golf & Country Club is one of your better bang-for-your-buck courses on the Grand Strand, thanks to rolling, scenic terrain and a very fair Tom Jackson design. It's not as flashy as some of its more renowned (and expensive) neighbors, but there are some three-figure courses in Myrtle Beach that aren't kept up as well.
The Surf Golf & Beach Club is an architectural oddity. All 10 par 4s dogleg right, some gently and others like an extremely bent elbow. All four par 5s dogleg left, twisting in the opposite direction. All this sameness might hinder lesser designs, but not the Surf Golf & Beach Club. What George Cobb designed in 1960 and John LaFoy modernized in 1992 is a 6,842-yard parkland course that provides endless joy for anybody who plays it.
By anchoring your Myrtle Beach golf vacation on the northern end of the Grand Strand, you can the limit time spent in your car without compromising quality. Between North Myrtle Beach and Brunswick County, some of the Grand Strand's most scenic saltwater and Intracoastal Waterway courses can be played. Also in the neighborhood are a handful of top multi-course resorts that allow for convenient 36-hole days. Here's how to get the best of the North Strand's golf courses in a five-day itinerary.
The pictures of hole no. 10 at Long Bay Golf Club on the north end of the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand, which has a waste bunker shaped like a tuning fork, have pretty much become synonymous with the course. There's much more than one great hole at Long Bay, however. With several holes considered among the toughest in the area, Long Bay Golf Club is not for the once-a-year golfer. But even high handicaps, however, can enjoy a round.
Even on a Myrtle Beach golf vacation, you're going to want to play at least one course capable of giving you a swift kick in the seat. Welcome to "Jack's sandbox." Nicklaus' Long Bay Club design is one of the top challenges on the Grand Strand.
It's not easy to get players in and out while enjoying a solid round of golf. Azalea Sands Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach, however, has found a way to do both. And Azalea Sands has made it clear that it won't sacrifice long-term customer satisfaction for a quick buck now, Ian Guerin writes from the Grand Strand.
The sprawling Barefoot Resort & Golf can almost be described as a "mini-me" of Myrtle Beach all wrapped up into one cozy resort and real estate community. All the qualities that attract vacationers to Myrtle Beach call the Barefoot Resort & Golf and nearby Barefoot Landing home, Jason Scott Deegan writes from the Grand Strand.
Just a few hours from Augusta, Ga., is the site of the annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters pro-am. This year's event, which features PGA Tour players who played in the Masters the week before as well as celebrities, will be Monday, April 9, at the Pete Dye Course at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach. It marks the 10th consecutive year the Dye Course has hosted the tournament, which is the largest single-day fundraiser in South Carolina.
All the trimmings of a vintage Tom Fazio design are on display at the Barefoot Resort's Fazio Course, one of four gems at the star-studded Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Fazio had a massive palette to work with, and the result is few parallel holes, quiet confines and little residential development.
Nestled next to the internationally known Dye Club, Barefoot Resort's Fazio Course isn't locked into a supporting role. Routinely finishing among the top 20 golf courses in South Carolina, the course's 18 holes flow from start to finish. Nearby housing is invisible, and even spotting one hole from another is rare.
Year by year, the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort seems to grow its lore just a tad more. And now, with it having served as one of the four host courses for Golf Channel's "Big Break" reality show, this Myrtle Beach-area favorite is expanding its notoriety again.
Tiger's Eye Golf Links at Ocean Ridge Plantation is one of four golf courses at Ocean Ridge north of Myrtle Beach, S.C, in Brunswick County, N.C. The course is a Tim Cate design from 2000 and is one of the 10 Grand Strand golf courses named in Golf Digest's "Top 100 Places you can Play" ranking in 2008.
When the tide is out, the marshes of the Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation look like a graveyard for golf balls. It's the best looking cemetery a golfer will ever see. The stirring views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the inlet leading to the ocean set Tidewater apart from its competition along the Grand Strand.
Tidewater Golf Club remains South Carolina's most awarded golf course and has more than two decades of rave reviews to prove it. It is the only layout ever to be named "Best New Course" by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.
Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation in North Myrtle Beach is one of the Grand Strand's prettiest golf courses. It features a collection of holes along the Intracoastal Waterway - as well as several other marsh holes.
Surf Golf & Beach Club remains one of the few Myrtle Beach golf courses sticking with bentgrass greens. Most have converted to mini-verde Bermuda grass to combat the scorching summers. Fast-rolling greens, especially on delicate downhill putts, are the course's main defense. Water guards three of the four par 3s. A peculiar quirk -- all the par 5s dogleg left and all the par 4s dogleg right -– would seem to add up to a boring, predictable round. That's hardly true.
Located about 45 minutes northeast of downtown Myrtle Beach, S.C., Black Bear Golf Club in Longs is a serene, affordable alternative just off the Grand Strand. The course works around 23 finger lakes and there are lots of bunkers. If you play the correct tees, you're in for an enjoyable experience.
There is no universal favorite golf course at the star-studded Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., host to designs by Davis Love III, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Tom Fazio. A large number of golfers familiar with the Grand Strand agree, however, that the Fazio Course is as good as any in the area.
Barefoot Resort & Golf's Fazio Course sits at the heart of the resort, between the Dye and Love Courses. Like many European courses, the Fazio Course doesn't return to the clubhouse after nine holes, however it is no British linksland layout. This course is thoroughly Carolina Lowcountry, with lush native grasses and forests of live oaks and pines.
The Dye Club is the most exclusive of the four Barefoot Resort & Golf courses that opened simultaneously in 2000 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Playing The Dye Club, designed by Pete Dye, costs more than Barefoot's other resort courses. That exclusivity justifies the splurge. The Dye Club looks like a second cousin to both The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and the Dye Course at French Lick Resort in Indiana.
Each year, Darius Rucker and Co. gather a list of celebrities and pro golfers to tee it up for a good cause: generating millions of dollars for education programs for children through the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation and developing the South Carolina Junior Golf Association into the nation's top program. Here's a look at some of the action and faces from the 2010 event.
The 7,047-yard Love Course remains arguably the most popular of the four premier designs at the Barefoot Resort & Golf that opened simultaneously in 2000. It's cheaper than playing the Dye Course and prettier than the Norman Course. The Fazio Course might be its equal -- or even a shade better -- but the Davis Love III design counters with some interesting nuances and maximum playability.
You'll find wide-open fairways and generous landing areas when you tee it up on the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf. But don't fall into a false sense of security. The closer you get to the holes, the greater the challenges. Davis Love III designed the 7,047-yard layout, which incorporates recreated ruins of an old plantation home on some of the holes on the front nine, adding to a golf course that's filled with Lowcountry character.
No golf course along the Grand Strand has played a better host to so much history than The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design has served as the playground for hackers, hopefuls and heroes since opening in 1948.
No destination can match the variety and sheer quantity of golf courses quite like Myrtle Beach, S.C. The "Grand Strand" still consists of over 100 golf courses, most of which are public. Here's TravelGolf.com's look at Myrtle Beach golf in pictures.