Myrtle Beach earned its reputation as the Golf Capital of the World based on the strength of its course offerings, including many that are good enough to challenge the best players on the PGA Tour.
An equally important component of the area’s appeal is its ability to provide an enjoyable test for all levels of golfers, including those who are new to the game. Generous fairways, smooth greens and the decision to play from the proper set of tees will guarantee a good time, but some courses are easier to play than others.
Where should you play if you’ve just taken up the game? The choices are many.\
In the heart of Myrtle Beach, the SouthCreek and West courses at Myrtle Beach National are player-friendly designs, as neither requires golfers to be long off the tee or deal with a multitude of forced carries.
Just down the road, the Wizard, inspired by the great links style designs in Scotland, is wide open and impeccably conditioned, making it a good place to record the best round of your trip.
On the North end of the Grand Strand, a quartet of layouts are ideal for beginning golfers, led by Sandpiper Bay Golf Club, a former Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year. The 27-hole facility has accessible greens and few forced carries, architectural traits improving golfers appreciate.
If your Myrtle Beach golf trip takes you to the South Strand, make sure International Club and Blackmoor are on your itinerary. The courses are different, as International features more than 300 palm trees, giving it an inviting coastal vibe, while Blackmoor is home to the soaring Live Oak trees draped in Spanish moss that are synonymous with Lowcountry, S.C.
What both layouts share is a commitment to making golfers feel comfortable on the course, much like Myrtle Beach.
If you are learning the game, Myrtle Beach is a destination that will welcome you with open arms.