Black Bear G.C. in Longs, S.C.: A serene, affordable Grand Strand alternative | Myrtle Beach Golf

Black Bear Golf Club in Longs, S.C. is worth the drive from Myrtle Beach

LONGS, S.C. -- Located about 45 minutes northeast of downtown Myrtle Beach, S.C., Black Bear Golf Club is a serene, affordable alternative just off the Grand Strand.

There are no homes on this 6,787-yard parkland course which opened in 1989. Designed by Tom Jackson, the course works around 23 finger lakes, including the par-5 18th, which can be played over water for those looking to reach the green in two. The water, however, really only comes into play occasionally. Fairways are generous, there are lots of bunkers and if you play the correct tees, you're in for an enjoyable experience.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.

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Black Bear Golf Club in Longs, S.C. is worth the drive from Myrtle Beach