Myrtle Beach Golf Course Reviews

During a golfing vacation to Myrtle Beach, we played and reviewed 11 different Myrtle Beach golf courses. Wow, were we impressed with the variety, unique layouts, challenge, and scenic beauty of each of the Myrtle Beach golf courses that we played. We were lucky and got to play some of the best golf courses in Myrtle Beach. These Myrtle Beach Golf Course Reviews will give you some good information on the course, course stats, our rating, why we liked the course, pictures, and more. In addition to playing 198 holes of golf, we found time to do a lot more fun things which you can read about in our Myrtle Beach Vacation Article.

Within 60 miles of downtown Myrtle Beach, you'll find over 110 golf courses and Myrtle Beach has the highest concentration of Golf Digest's 2009/2010 Top 100 Public Courses, 7 courses are in the Top 100! Here is a brief description of some of the best Myrtle Beach Golf Courses and a link to the Myrtle Beach golf course review.

Myrtle Beach Golf Course Reviews and Rankings
Barefoot Resort - The Dye Course
North Myrtle Beach, SC

Texas Outside's Review of The Dye Course

Texas Outside Rating - 9.3

Recent Awards - 2009/2010 Golf Digest "100 Greatest Public Courses in America"

Pete Dye lived up to his reputation of building a memorable and challenging course with this fantastic layout at Barefoot Resort. Pete set out to create something that would linger in the golfer's mind forever by creating a fun, challenging, and unique layout. Bordering the natural white sands of the Carolina Bays, this visually stunning design is filled with the infamous pitfalls for wayward shots that have become synonymous with the Dye name - bring your "A" game to score well here.

Typical of Dye courses you'll encounter challenges which include elaborate bunkering, undulating greens, surprising elevation changes, and some beautiful water features that come into play on 5 holes. Waste bunkers as well as over 137 strategically placed sand traps and sand waste areas require precise shots off the tee as well as on the approaches to the greens.

Barefoot Dye Course
Barefoot Resort - The Fazio Course
North Myrtle Beach, SC

Barefoot's Fazio Golf Course Review

Texas Outside Rating - 9.5

Recent Awards - 2009/2010 Golf Digest "100 Greatest Public Courses in America"

Wow, what a fun, challenging, and aesthetically pleasing 18 holes of golf. This is Fazio at his best and the course is defined by sand and waste area bunkers of all shapes and sizes (most are monsters), water on the majority of the holes, elevation changes, and well guarded greens. This is a true shot makers course and it will throw something of everything at you during your round.

Conditions were excellent when we played and this was one of the most memorable courses that we played in Myrtle Beach. Don't let the challenges scare you away - pick the right set of tee boxes, enjoy the scenery, and you'll have a fun round.

Barefoot Resort's Fazio Course
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
North Myrtle Beach , SC


Texas Outside's Review of The Dunes

Texas Outside Rating - 8.8

Recent Awards - #1 Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, 2009/2010 Golf Digest "100 Greatest Courses In America," and #8 in South Carolina's Top 50 Courses

Any course that fellow Texan Lee Travino says “That’s a fabulous golf course.  It’s one of the best I have ever played!” has got to be a must play. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club is considered on the the best, if not the best courses in the Grand Strand and has received numerous awards and accolades since opening in 1948. This classic Robert Trent Jones Sr design is rich with tradition and history and a must play if you're in the area.

Not only is the course in near perfect condition and aesthetically pleasing, it is fun and challenging with some outstanding holes. Like most Robert Trent Jones courses it is characterized by plenty of water, gently rolling tree lined fairways, elevated greens, and plenty of sand.   It is a private club with reciprocal rights and limited tee times available through affiliated resorts and hotels.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club

Leopards Chase At Ocean Ridge Plantation
Ocean Isle Beach, NC


Review of Leopard's Chase

Texas Outside Rating - 8.8

Recent Awards - Golf Magazine's "Top 10 Best New Courses" and Golf Digest's "Top 10 Best New Courses"

Leopard's Chase is the newest of the Big Cat family of courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation and it was listed by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine as one of the Top 10 New Public Courses in America for 2007 and it made Golf Magazine's list of the "Top 10 Courses You Can Play."

This par 72 course designed by Tim Cate is as scenic as it is enjoyable to play. You will encounter forced carries, some generous landing areas and dramatic elevation changes. As you travel the 18 holes, you will also notice a varied terrain accompanied by stunning natural vistas. The tee positions will accommodate all levels of play with equal risk and reward situations to allow you the best scoring opportunities. Save your delicate touch shots for the undulating greens. The waterfall along #18 green will calm and relax you as you finish your round.

Leopards Chase Golf Course

Myrtle Beach National - King's North Course
Myrtle Beach, SC

Review of King's North

Texas Outside Rating - 9.2

Recent Awards - Golf Digest's "America's Top 100 Greatest Public Courses," Golf Digest 4.5 Stars, 4 holes in the "The 100 Greatest Holes along the Grand Strand"

Myrtle Beach National Golf Club offers three of the most requested 18 hole courses in Myrtle Beach. Redesigned in 1996 by Arnold Palmer, the "king of golf," the King's North course opened to rave reviews. And the accolades continue to grow for the King's North Course at Myrtle Beach National.

King's North is an interesting balance between challenging and fair with a number of unique holes that have a personality of their own. Like "The Gambler" with an island fairway with a number of risk reward shots or the "The Bulls Eye" that requires precision and accuracy to miss the 40 sand traps guarding either side of the fairway leading to a green that reaches out into the lake.

King's North is a shot makers course and a real joy to play. A must play if you're in Myrtle Beach.


Parkland At The Legends
Myrtle Beach, SC

Review of Parkland Golf Course

Texas Outside Rating - 9.0

Recent Awards - Golf Digest 4.5 Stars in "Places to Play"

Inspired by early American courses like Augusta National and Pine Valley, Parkland demonstrates the diversity and beauty of the natural terrain with contoured, tree-lined fairways, vast natural areas, deep-faced bunkers and large, multi-level greens.

Strategy and club selection are keys to scoring well on this great course - you need to do what ever you can to avoid the steep and very deep bunkers which are strategically placed along the fairways and guarding the greens. Putting can also be a challenge thanks to severe slope, undulation, and some roller coaster fast greens.

You'll encounter some very fun and challenging holes that will make you want to come back to this great course which Golf Digest gave 4 1/2 stars in "Places to Play."

Parkland Golf Course at The Legends

Pine Lakes Country Club
Myrtle Beach, SC

Review of Pine Lakes Country Club

Texas Outside Rating - 8.3

Recent Awards - Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play," Golf Digest's 4 Stars, Zagat Survey "America's Top Golf Courses"

Known as the Granddaddy of Myrtle Beach golf courses, Pine Lakes opened for play in 1927 and is rich with history and tradition. For example, Sports Illustrated was founded at Pine Lakes and the staff all wear kilts and ties or knickers!

Pine Lakes underwent a complete renovation and makeover in 2008 to bring it back to the spirit of the 1920's. Like most older courses it is pretty straightforward with "what you see is what you get" and no tricks or gimmicks.

Conditions are normally very good, the fairways are forgiving, and there is a fair amount of water to keep you on your game. This is a course where you can have a relaxing and enjoyable round of golf.

Pine Lakes Country Club

River Club Golf Course
Pawleys Island , SC


Texas Outside Rating - 8.6

River Club Golf Course Review

Recent Awards - Golf Digest 4 1/2 stars


River Club, a Tom Jackson design, was one of the first "plantation" style courses and River Club features water hazards on 15 of 18 holes, wide open fairways, large greens with some elevation changes, and over 100 sand traps.

The course is fairly straight and traditional, a little short at 6677 yards from the tips, but it's no walk in the park thanks to forced carries, plenty of huge bunkers, dog legs, and well guarded greens.

There are several fun holes and lots of great risk reward opportunities. Holes #14 & #18 are featured in the book "The 100 Greatest Holes along the Grand Strand" published by The Sun News - #18 has two risky shots across the water for a potential bird.

River Club Golf Course Pawleys Island

Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation
North Myrtle Beach, SC


Review of Tidewater Golf Club

Texas Outside Rating - 9.3

Recent Awards - Golfweek’s 2007 "Best Courses You Can Play," Golf Magazine's "Top 100 You Can Play,” and "Best New Course" by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine

In this shot-maker’s paradise located on a beautiful seaside peninsula, at Tidewater Golf Club you’ll experience a world-class layout, immaculate fairways, greens that rival the finest in the country and a natural setting that’s sure to inspire. With challenges on every hole and ample rewards for the well-placed shot, this is one course that will bring you back again and again. Water hazards come into play on six holes.

It's a traditional course that uses the natural environment to add to its difficulty and aesthetic beauty. Nine holes overlook dramatic bluffs and meander alongside the Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean, and the saltwater marshes. Inland holes are carved through a dense forest. The signature hole is #13, a 545-yard, par 5, which plays alongside the Intracoastal Waterway and affords a great view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Tidewater Golf Course

TPC of Myrtle Beach
Murrells Inlet, SC


Texas Outside's Review Of TPC Myrtle Beach

Texas Outside Rating - 8.8

Recent Awards - Golf Digest 5 Stars Course

The TPC of Myrtle Beach, designed by acclaimed architect Tom Fazio is a unique experience that affords you the privilege of testing your game on the same course where some of golf’s greatest figures have played. TPC was recently awarded 5 STARS by Golf Digest, the only course in Myrtle Beach to receive such an Honor.

Enjoy perfectly groomed fairways and greens, while venturing through towering pines and expansive wetlands. TPC of Myrtle Beach is fairly straightforward with ample fairways and good sized greens - pick the right set of tee boxes and you can have a low scoring and very memorable round. After your round, relax in the luxurious clubhouse and reflect on your experience of being treated like a pro.

TPC Myrtle Beach 18th hole

True Blue Plantation
Pawleys Island, SC


Texas Outside Rating - 9.6

Recent Awards - Golf Digest's "#1 Public Course in the Myrtle Beach Area," Golf Digest's "America's Top 100 Greatest Public Courses," and Golf Digest's "Top 50 Courses in Myrtle Beach

Wow - this is a fantastic course and one of the best we have played! The first four holes will take your breath away (and possibly several of your golf balls) and you'll want to play them again. And the other 18 are just about as good.

True Blue Plantation represents everything that we love about playing golf - beautiful scenery, greens and fairways in near perfect condition, excellent service, and a unique and fun layout where every hole is different and presents a new set of challenges. Along the way you'll encounter huge sand bunkers, forced carries, elevated greens, dog legs, water, and more.

True Blue is no walk in the park and you'll need to deploy all of your course management, shot making, and risk taking skills.

True Blue Plantation

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