The Myrtle Beach area boasts 90 of the most unique, challenging and picturesque golf courses in the world, making it a premiere destination for golf enthusiasts and aficionados with more than three million rounds of golf played annually.
Golfers of all levels can experience the beauty of oceanfront holes or stand in the midst of giant live oaks draped in Spanish moss on the site of a colonial rice plantation. Course designers have taken great pains to protect the natural habitat and wildlife indigenous to the Grand Strand while creating courses that are technically challenging and beautiful. Among the world-renowned architects: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, and Greg Norman.
Several world-famous golfers designed many of Myrtle Beach’s most challenging courses. Then, there’s one that played a part in the history of the popular magazine whose pages these athletes have graced - Sports Illustrated. The year was 1954, and Pine Lakes Country Club hosted the magazine’s first sales conference just a few weeks before the debut issue was released.
The majority of the Myrtle Beach area’s golf courses are open to the public and many offer seasonal packages that make a visit to the golf capital even more affordable. Many host professional and amateur tournaments, including the PGA TOUR Superstore World Amateur Handicap Championship each fall, which is played out on more than 60 different courses throughout the destination.
More than half of the destination’s 79-member layouts have received four stars or more in Golf Digest's prestigious "Best Places to Play" guide, and twelve have been ranked among America's 100 greatest public courses.
In 1967, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday was founded as a not-for-profit organization to promote golf vacations and golf events. Since the organization’s inception, the Grand Strand, now home to 90 courses, has grown into golf’s most popular destination.
If you’re traveling with kids, several area courses also offer free or discounted play for minors during the summer months, so you can work on your swing while teaching the love of the game.
Following is a listing of the Myrtle Beach Area’s famed courses:
The annual Father & Son Team Challenge attracts nearly 1,600 participants to compete in various categories for three days of golf during the month of July. Fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandsons, uncles and nephews, stepfathers and stepsons are all welcome.
For more than 25 years, the World Amateur tournament has attracted golfers from all 50 states and 20 nations around the world for the gala event in late August. With the field of nearly 4,000 golfers divided into various divisions and nearly 50 flights, the four-day stroke-play event winds down to a fifth day shootout for the championship. Every night, the participants and their friends and families gather at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for the “world’s largest 19th hole” party. Sponsored by the PGA Tour Superstores, there are prizes galore as well, even for those who don’t win. Official handicap is required.
Although it’s invitation only, the annual Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am with Hootie & the Blowfish is fun to watch, and proceeds go to numerous charities supported by the South Carolina band’s foundation.
Held prior to the Memorial Day holiday, more than 10 area courses play host to this popular tournament, which honors both present and past members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Two-man teams compete in this 54-hole competition. Competitors are also invited to a special awards banquet with great prizes going to top finishers, random drawing prizes to anyone, a presentation of the color guard, and an all-inclusive dinner banquet.
More than 1,000 firefighters from around the country flock to Myrtle Beach in May for four days of golf, food, drink, fun….and even a belly flop contest! The event also brings time to reflect on brothers who have lost their lives in the line of duty and raise money for the Firefighters Cancer Support Network.
The annual competition gives retired military personnel the chance to compete and form new friendships while playing golf at Burning Ridge, Myrtle Beach National, Wild Wing, Myrtlewood-Palmetto, and World Tour courses.
The Myrtle Beach area is called the "miniature golf capital of the world” for its more than 50 miniature golf courses throughout the Myrtle Beach area. The destination also features more mini golf courses per square mile than any other city in the country. With the Myrtle Beach area experiencing more than 19 million annual visitors, miniature golf remains one of the destination’s top attractions for visitors of all ages.
The area has seen tremendous growth in miniature golf since the first course was built in Myrtle Beach in 1930. In fact, the US ProMiniGolf Association, which is part of the larger World MiniGolf Association, holds their own “Masters” tournament annually at the Hawaiian Rumble Mini Golf Course in North Myrtle Beach.
Nearly all Myrtle Beach mini golf courses are meticulously landscaped and adorned with tropical plants and flowers throughout warm-weather months. But what makes each one stand out is its theme. Choose from a myriad of themes, from man-eating dinosaurs and lava-spewing volcanoes to high seas adventures aboard pirate ships.
Following is a listing of the Myrtle Beach Area’s miniature golf courses:
Jungles and Lagoons
Dinosaurs and Dragons
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