We were thrilled when we learned that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was included multiple times in “Golfweek’s Best of 2021: Top 200 Resort Golf Courses in the U.S.” annual roundup. As a world-class golf destination home to 90 golf courses, we know we have a lot to offer golfers visiting our shores... but it’s nice to feel recognized for those fantastic offerings! In fact, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has more golf courses ranked on this list than any other destination in America. Of the nine resort courses recognized on the list, three were consensus top 100 layouts, and an additional four area courses were ranked among Golfweek’s “Top 200 Residential Courses in the U.S.”
Here is a look at the nine Myrtle Beach area layouts among Golfweek’s Top Resort Courses of 2021:
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club (No. 43)
Visiting golfers can play where the pros play at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club. This Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-designed layout has hosted prestigious events like the U.S. Women’s Open, the finals of the PGA Tour’s Q-School, and six Senior PGA Tour Championships. Perhaps one of the most memorable sections of this course are holes 11 through 13, which have earned the name ‘Alligator Alley,’ and hole 13 is recognized as one of the greatest golf holes in the world.
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (No. 47)
From the half-mile of historic live oaks lining the entryway to Caledonia to its spectacular finishing holes, it’s obvious why Mike Strantz’s first solo design continues to inspire awe in all who play here. The Old South-style clubhouse, acclaimed pro shop and restaurant round out the entire experience, making Caledonia a must play’ for visiting golfers. Caledonia’s sister course, True Blue Golf Club, also made this list.
True Blue Golf Club (No. 73)
Golfweek, Golf Channel, and Golf Magazine have all ranked True Blue among America’s Top 100 public courses. Every aspect of this Mike Strantz design is larger than life and ready to maximize a Myrtle Beach golf experience. The fairways are upwards of 100 yards wide in certain spots and the greens are incredibly spacious. The rolling terrain and native vegetation of this once indigo and rice plantation make for one of the most spectacular settings in golf.
King’s North at Myrtle Beach National (No. 142)
King's North, an Arnold Palmer-designed gem, offers several of the Grand Strand’s most memorable holes, including the par 5 6th hole, known as "The Gambler.” This centrally located Myrtle Beach course regularly ranks on all sorts of lists, from Golf Digest to Golf for Women, including Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Public Courses in America.”
Moorland Course at Legends Resort (No. 144)
This memorable course is for challenge-seekers. The 16th hole affectionately referred to as "Hell’s Half-Acre," is not for the faint of heart. Come take on the 270-yard par 4, along with the rest of this memorable course, and see why Golf Digest has ranked the Moorland Course among the 50 toughest tracks in America.
Grande Dunes Resort Course (No. 174)
The Grande Dunes Resort Course is an 18-hole course that boasts expansive Bermuda fairways and five holes along the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s still a relatively new addition to the Myrtle Beach area in comparison with some other courses and holds a host of recognitions like “Best New Course” from Golf Magazine. The Mediterranean-style clubhouse includes a veranda that overlooks the club's 18th green, providing a scenic finish to a great day of golf.
The Dye at Barefoot Resort (No. 153)
The Dye Course, the 2013 Myrtle Beach "Golf Course of the Year" has hosted the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am for 15 years. Consistently nabbing a spot on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, it’s certainly one of Myrtle Beach’s greatest hits, and Golfweek clearly agrees! The par 72-course greens feature Champion UltraDwarf grass and plenty of memorable holes.
Love at Barefoot Resort (No. 166)
Davis Love III was the least renowned of the four architects that designed courses at Barefoot Resort, one of the Myrtle Beach area’s flagship properties, but several years later his design is arguably the most popular of the quartet, the Love Course. The layout, which pays homage, to Love’s Carolina roots, is fun to play. Many Top 100 courses are known for difficulty, but Love managed to perfectly thread the needle, crafting a design that challenges low handicappers while allowing less skilled players to enjoy an elite course. It’s also been recently resurfaced with Champion Ultra Dwarf grass.
Fazio at Barefoot Resort (No. 193)
Legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio did some of his finest work on his namesake design at Barefoot Resort & Golf. With water features visible on 15 holes, The Fazio Course offers stunning visuals, relentless challenges and outstanding conditions – just a few of the many reasons this is one of the most coveted tee times in Myrtle Beach.
In addition to the above nine courses, Tidewater (No. 57), DeBordieu (No. 178), The Reserve (No. 182) and Long Bay (No. 190) all ranked among the “Top 200 Residential Courses in the U.S.” For more information on the Myrtle Beach area's 90 golf courses, the area’s best golf packages, and breaking Myrtle Beach golf news, visit PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com.