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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7370 yards
Slope 148
Rating 76.1

Originally opened in 1948, the Dunes Club enlisted Robert Trent Jones, who was a little known architect then, to design the golf course. Much like its now famous designer, the course has grown significantly from its humble beginnings. It is consistently ranked as one of the top 100 courses in the country and has hosted a variety of PGA, LPGA, and Amateur events. Jones returned to the golf course in 1976, modifying five holes and making the course more challenging overall. The Dunes Club's 13th is the signature hole. It has received praise as one of the best golf holes in the country. This stunning par 5, which has earned the nickname "Waterloo," has Lake Singleton coming into play. It is definitely the toughest but also one of the most scenic holes as well.

Course Details

Year Built 1949
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Ultradwarf Champion Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Junior Gator Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Single Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Food & Beverage

Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Lockers

Available Activities

Swimming

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

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4.4
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First Time Playing

Must play once

Conditions were incredible. Greens are very fast and should be for this high-end course in the Myrtle Beach area.. Practically every green is elevated and deep bunkers on the sides protect it. Also get a few gator sightings.. Definitely not one of the easier courses.in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 89
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Chicago Milwaukee Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nothing better in Myrtle Beach

I was fortunate enough to secure a tee time with the Head Pro. He was outstanding to work with and incredibly helpful switching tee time due to weather. Not many places get rave rave review but this place should. Everything about it was perfect from the layout, to the conditions, to the members who were so nice.

The layout is great lots of variety in holes and twist and turns but not where you get penalized. The conditions were amazing maybe the BEST greens i have ever played. Very Pinehurst like. I also am huge fan of trees off of the fairway but everything cut up. So you are in trouble but your not dead and losing balls.

Couple of nice views of the ocean around 8,9,10. Back nine I though was a bit tougher little more shot shaping. A course where a range finder or yardage book is a must...I had neither.

I absolutely love the The Dunes Golf and Beach Club. IF your their its a must play.

PS watch out for gators...the signs are real!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 93
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Iowa Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Best of the Grand Strand

I was fortunate to secure a tee time at Dunes Golf & Beach Club on my recent trip to Myrtle Beach. I knew the course had a strong reputation, but I didn't realize I was in for one of the best golf experiences of my life!

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design tracing it's origins back to the late 1940s. The layout is difficult, but scorable if you're hitting your ball well. One of my favorite aspects of this course is that it's really hard to lose a golf ball. If you miss the fairway you may be in the trees, but you can always find your ball and have a chance at a recovery shot.

The greens at Dunes are some of the best greens, possibly the best greens, that I've ever putted on. They are a new version of Bermuda that is less grainy and more tolerant of heat than other area courses, so they are fast and true! Just get your putt started online and it will get there.

The 8th green, 9th hole and 18th green give you ocean views, and the setting on the back deck of the clubhouse is as good of an ocean view as you can get.

I can't recommend this course highly enough. It's a great layout that is well manicured. The staff made me and my friends feel extremely welcomed, almost like members for a day! Lastly, if you go play, take some time to walk through the clubhouse and experience some of the history of the club.

My favorite hole on the course is the par 4 18th. The finish over water is one of the most beautiful approaches you'll find, and you can see the Atlantic Ocean to your left. Just the perfect ending to a nearly perfect golf course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

ADVANCE GOLFER MUST PLAY

Exceptional Course I. Cant say enough good about this course !! High Quality Challenging and Professional. This is why Monday After the Masters is hosted here each year !! When my son met Dustin Johnson here it was his dream come true . My son proceeded to Earn a Golf Scholarship and Graduated from BAC in Charlotte. He got his first hole in one at 16 !! Sadly he passed at 22 but Know he is smiling at Dustin Johnson from above !

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 262
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Birmingham Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

This is Robert Trent Jones’ first resort course offering and the second course ever built in Myrtle Beach.

Although located barely a block from the beach and with most holes subject to strong ocean breezes, the style of this course is not seaside or links by any stretch of the imagination. It has woodland, parkland and marshland elements, with the ninth being the only hole where a player catches a glimpse of the Atlantic.

Most holes are lined with beautiful old oaks and water comes into play on more than half the holes. RTJ trademarks abound: pushed up green complexes, runway tee boxes, and a generous dose of fairway bunkering. Typical of the Jones’ philosophy of hard par, easy bogey, he offers risk/reward options that must be declared with your tee shot.

The Dunes is still firmly planted among most rankings of the best courses in the U.S. I have a theory on this. In the 1930s and 40s, the club hosted golf writers before the annual Masters Tournament for a “convention.” It was mostly northeastern pressmen being wined and dined and playing warm-weather golf. This hospitality spawned kind words and the course has benefitted from it for nearly a century. That is not to say it is undeserved. The club exudes a certain character and charm that evades so much of the lifeless resort golf that pervades the Grand Strand.

The inward nine far surpasses the outward nine. From the 10th tee on, the course presents one challenging hole after another until the climax of the 18th. The par 5s are excellent scoring opportunities and RTJ did a nice job with the routing to expose players to different wind directions throughout.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Definitely Exceeded Expectations

This is my third trip to Myrtle Beach and have always wanted to play The Dunes because of its stellar reputation but this was the first time we could get on there. I had very high expectations and they were exceeded. I am a big fan of Robert Trent Jones golf courses and play Hominy Hill regularly at my home in New Jersey. This one is a gem with almost every single hole being just beautiful looking out from each tee. And there are some really unique holes and the course remains very playable with wide enough fairways and many large and deep sand traps around the greens. The course was in perfect condition more like a private course with the tees in great shape as well as the fairways where they had over seeded with rye grass so they were lush and green. The greens were some of the best if not the best I have ever played on. Very fast and rolled beautifully and the pro shop said they measured 11.5 on the stemp meter. I have to mention that they had many, many sand traps but each and every one was edged and maintained perfectly and had plenty of fluffy sand to give you an excellent chance of a good result near the pin. I would say these were the best maintained sand traps I have seen because of the consistency across all the traps I was in and they were all perfectly raked. We saw a crew of about 6 guys out there raking and maintaining the traps while we were playing. The pace of play was outstanding as the course was not crowded and we played 18 holes in 3.5 hours. I would play this again for sure the next time I am in Myrtle Beach and thought the greens fee was a good value considering the beautiful layout and the pristine condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course

Very nice course in great condition. Greens are very quick but run true! Must play if you can get on.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
Incentivized Review
2.0
Cold weather
Used cart

Over rated and over priced

I had high expectations for this course after reading other reviews. My club pro made arrangements for us to play. The weather was brisk to say the least and heavy rain over the weekend may have led to the horrible conditions ,of the fairways. There were divots everywhere. The greens were ok but slow. I found the “old school’ layout boring. There were a couple of challenging holes, and the back nine was definitely more interesting than the front, but overall I could not understand what the hype was about. My least favorite course of all that we played in Myrtle.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Old school...

Everything from the drive up to the gate to the course layout is old school country club. This is a good thing BTW. Agree with most reviewers that the greens are the best feature of the course. The finest I played during a week-long trip no doubt. Bunkers are everywhere so your scorecard depends on where you miss shots.
I'd play it again in a heartbeat.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Worth The Higher Fee

Played with a 'once-a-week' player like myself and two others who only get out once or twice a year. We all had a lot of fun. Course was in great shape. Greens were fast enough, and the rough was cut down a bit which helped with the pace of play. Waterloo (#13) is the highlight of course, what a fun (and challenging!) hole. I can see why this hosted USGA events in the past.

Only 1 hole has an ocean view as far as I remember, and that was #9 (see picture). But nonetheless, it's a pretty course. Didn't get to see any gators this time, so I guess that means we'll just have to come back!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Dunes Club

Course was in great shape. The warm Feb and cold march seems to have most courses in Myrtle beach area in bad shape but Dunes Club was not affected. Great course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful course!

This is one of the best courses I've ever played. Perfect condition, great layout, and unbelievable views. The staff couldn't have been friendlier including the starter who told us about what hazards to look out for on each hole and gave a great rundown of the course before we teed off. It's expensive but definitely worth it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 133
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Missouri Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Gone Downhill

I played this course several times in my career. I love the layout and would rank it as one of my all-time favorite golf courses. It was the most manicured golf course I've ever played. However, something has happened when we played it on July 5, 2017. Only one person to help you unload your clubs. The starter handing out business cards to a restaurant he is trying to push. Some of the fairways hardly had any grass (see picture). The best thing about the course was the greens. I was so disappointed to tell my friends how good this golf course and then they looked at me after the round and said why did me play this course. It was not good.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

The elder statesman

This has been on my playlist five of the six years I've been down here. It's a terrific course. Fastest greens in Myrtle Beach. They roll true. Overpriced? Probably. Heck, I'm on vacation.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

Best in Myrtle Beach

I have been going to the MB area since 1987. I have played pretty much all the courses in MB, but this was the first time playing The Dunes. This course along with Caledonia are "MUST PLAY'.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Dunes

Played when it was a few weeks after Hurricane Matthew. Still a lot of debris laying around. Took away from experience. Would not have mentioned this if it were not that I played other courses in same area that were cleaned up nice.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Fine course, but for the money, hmm...

Our group has taken an annual Sept/Oct golf trip to MB for about 25 years. Having played virtually everything MB has to offer (including many now-closed courses), this year we decided to plunk down the extra money to play the The Dunes.

There's nothing bad to say about the course, except it's questionable whether it's worth the $169-$185 greens fees. The elevated greens are fast and true, the RTJ layout is smart and challenging (from the blue, anyway), the bunkers and fairways are exceptionally well maintained. It's a nice country club setting, no doubt.

We can now say we've played The Dunes, but for $169, it's extremely doubtful we'll play it again. It's an upgrade from the already wonderful public courses of MB, but is it worth the extra $70-plus per round? If that kind of cash means little to you, I suppose so. Otherwise, a day at Heritage Club or Pawley's or Tidewater should satisfy the average/above-average golfer just as well.

(BTW, the "ocean views" mentioned are from the members-only dining room in the Clubhouse, not from the course itself.)

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 56
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

First time and someone got me a good rate

A friend got my group a very good rate to play Dunes. I have heard lots of hype about this course over the 29 years I have been going to Myrtle Beach to play in the World Amateur. So , I would say that my expectations were extremely high.
First of all the greens were fast...very fast for Myrtle Beach summer greens. They had been recently punched but that posed no problem. They rolled very true.
The course was very nice but somehow it missed the WOW Factor for me. Nice greens, nice bunkers, tee boxes and fairways but I have played courses in MB with more of a WOW factor than this.
I am glad I did not have to pay the advertised rate.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/25/2016

what other course s would you recommend that were better or had more of that wow factor?? Might be planning a golf trip there with friend from Fla. and Ct.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Best Course on the Strand

I've been going to Myrtle yearly for the last 35 years. I've played every coursed there, including a bunch that have closed down. The Dunes Club, not to be confused with Grande Dunes, is a traditional, tree lined, Robert Trent Jones course. It's also one of the oldest tracks in Myrtle and the former home of the Senior PGA Championship. The greens are the best on the Strand and it'd always in good shape. The Dunes Club is hands down the best in Myrtle Beach.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 01/13/2016

As I researched this website (https://beta.golfnow.com/courses/1036334-the-dunes-golf-beach-club-details), I came upon overlayed typeface which was undecipherable. Can you please correct this glitch?

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