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by | Jul 24, 2023 | News

Myrtle Beach Golf Dominates Golfweek’s Ranking of South Carolina’s Best Public Courses

The 2023 edition of Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play” list has been released, featuring state-by-state rankings for public-access golf courses. Myrtle Beach Golf has again topped South Carolina’s best public designs list.

According to Golfweek’s nationwide panel of experts, 12 golf courses in Myrtle Beach have been ranked among the top 20 public layouts in South Carolina. This highlights the impressive quality and variety of golfing options available in the area.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, chosen to host Myrtle Beach’s inaugural PGA Tour event in 2024, holds the third-highest ranking among courses in the Grand Strand. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. classic was closely followed by No. 4 Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, No. 5 True Blue Golf Club, No. 7 Tidewater Golf Club, No. 9 Moorland Course at Legends Resort, No. 10 TPC Myrtle Beach, No. 11 King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, No. 13 Heritage Club, No. 14 Dye Course at Barefoot Resort, No. 15 Grande Dunes Resort Course, No. 16 Heathland Course at Legends Resort, and No. 18 Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort.

The Golfweek list provides a glimpse into the reasons why Myrtle Beach is the most sought-after travel destination for golf enthusiasts. Grand Strand courses designed by Mike Strantz, Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Doak, among others, appear on the list, a testament to the area’s unmatched variety.

The Strantz courses – Caledonia and True Blue – have long been among the area’s most coveted tee times. Caledonia, a consensus top 100 public course, showcases the area’s Lowcountry beauty, while True Blue delivers a muscular challenge, featuring wide fairways, expansive waste bunkers, and large, undulating greens.

Home to nine holes that play along either Cherry Grove Inlet or the Intracoastal Waterway, Tidewater is among the prettiest courses in the state. The Moorland Course presents one of the area’s most daunting tests, highlighted by the short, par-4 16th hole, known as “Hell’s Half-Acre,” where everything from eagle to double bogey are realistic possibilities.

TPC Myrtle Beach is one of the Grand Strand’s premier big event venues and has an unforgettable layout. The Tom Fazio-Lanny Wadkins design has hosted a Senior PGA Tour Championship, and it’s the home of the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship. King’s North, a Palmer design, is one of the Grand Strand’s signature courses, highlighted by the par-5 sixth hole, otherwise known as “The Gambler,” a moniker it earned due to the presence of an alternate island fairway.

Heritage Club is one of Dan Maples’s finest courses, playing through a stunning piece of Lowcountry property while challenging players with greens complexes that are endlessly creative. Barefoot’s Pete Dye Course is the longtime host of the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Master’s Celebrity Pro-Am.

Long regarded as one of the state’s best, Grande Dunes Resort Course is better than ever following a comprehensive green, bunkers, and clubhouse renovation project in the summer of 2022. Heathland was one of Doak’s first layouts, and the now legendary architect left little doubt that he was a star on the rise with his work in Myrtle Beach.

Barefoot’s Fazio Course presents a demanding yet imminently fair challenge, and players relish the opportunity.

On the Tar Heel side of the state line, Thistle Golf Club, a 27-hole Tim Cate design, was ranked North Carolina’s 10th best public course, highlighting Grand Strand’s abundance of options.

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