The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
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.
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|Blue M: 72.6/142||405||391||413||479||184||415||400||515||170||3372||340||385||168||545||410||500||345||165||385||3243||6615|
|White M: 70.5/136 W: 76.6/140||385||365||390||430||165||370||375||470||140||3090||325||370||150||520||388||475||330||155||365||3078||6168|
|Green M: 68.7/130 W: 74.1/136||370||355||360||415||140||350||300||455||130||2875||315||345||150||500||365||430||320||140||350||2915||5790|
|Red M: 71.5/132 W: 71.5/132||270||295||360||405||129||310||290||435||115||2609||315||300||142||465||285||409||320||135||330||2701||5310|
|Teal M: 68.6/123 W: 68.6/123||270||290||305||400||125||241||290||363||110||2394||204||300||140||427||280||405||230||130||228||2344||4738|
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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.
Very nice course in great condition. Greens are very quick but run true! Must play if you can get on.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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?
This Course is out of this world
If there is only one course i could only play in my life the Dunes Golf and Beach club would be that course !