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Best golf courses near Little River, SC

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Little River, SC. There are 51 courses within a 15-mile radius of Little River, 48 of which are public courses and 3 are private courses. There are 38 18-hole courses and 12 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Private
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Myrtle Beach, SC
Its ocean-side dunes are mostly covered with turfgrass and mature trees now, but when Robert Trent Jones built The Dunes back in the late 1940s, the property was primarily windswept sand dotted with lagoons. Those lakes come in prominently on many holes, particularly on the 11th through 13th, dubbed Alligator Alley. (The boomerang-shaped par-5 13th is called Waterloo.) The home hole, with a pond in front of the green, started as a gambling par 5 but today is a daunting par 4. The course has hosted three USGA championships, including the 1962 U.S. Women's Open and most recently, the 2017 U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball.
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Barefoot Resort & Golf: Dye Course
Public
Barefoot Resort & Golf: Dye Course
North Myrtle Beach, SC
4
63 Panelists
The highest ranked of the four courses at Barefoot Resort, the Dye course features classic Dye bunker complexes with risk/reward opportunities for low-handicappers with playable options from forward tees for higher handicappers.
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Grande Dunes Resort Course
Public
Grande Dunes Resort Course
Myrtle Beach, SC
3.9
67 Panelists
Grande Dunes reopened in September 2022 after a complete greens and bunker renovation over the summer. Spectacular views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Grande Dunes Marina make this links-style golf course well worth the visit. Designed by Roger Rulewich Group, the course was built on a high bluff—the ideal setting for a picturesque sunset round. Expansive fairways littered with penalty areas throughout define Grande Dunes as a difficult, yet enjoyable resort course.
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Barefoot Resort & Golf: Love Course
Public
Barefoot Resort & Golf: Love Course
North Myrtle Beach, SC
3.8
62 Panelists
A member of Golf Digest's 100 Greatest Public ranking from 2003 to 2007, the Love course is one of the best in Myrtle Beach and yet ranked as the third-best at golf-rich Barefoot Resort (just a few tenths of a point behind the Fazio course, according to our panelists). This is Love Golf Design's only work in Myrtle Beach, and it makes good use of the land with a good variety of holes—long, short and doglegs in each direction.
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Tidewater Golf Club
Public
Tidewater Golf Club
North Myrtle Beach, SC
3.7
61 Panelists
When Ken Tomlinson set out to build this Grand Strand course, he looked to world famous designs, such as Merion and Pine Valley. The architect wanted to ensure that his venue would harmonize seamlessly with its natural surroundings. Tidewater does just that: sitting atop a peninsula, the golf course is nestled between the tidal marsh and forest lands in North Myrtle Beach.
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Ocean Ridge Plantation: Tiger's Eye
Public
Ocean Ridge Plantation: Tiger's Eye
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
3.6
52 Panelists
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Barefoot Resort & Golf: Fazio Course
Public
Barefoot Resort & Golf: Fazio Course
North Myrtle Beach, SC
3.6
61 Panelists
Fazio's entry at Barefoot Resort will challenge the best players—with the routing constantly changing direction to account for the seemingly ever-present wind—but is playable for the resort player. The par-5 fourth hole stands out—lined with bunkers and a sentinel pine up by the green. The 18th hole is a great finish, playing up to the clubhouse with a huge porch, perfect for watching players come in.
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Rivers Edge Golf Club: Rivers Edge
Public
Rivers Edge Golf Club: Rivers Edge
Shallotte, NC
3.4
31 Panelists
Golf Digest has given many accolades to this Arnold Palmer design over the years: It made America's 100 Greatest Public courses list in 2005 and 2007, and in 2010, Golf Digest named Rivers Edge as a top-10 course on its Best of the Myrtle Beach area (Rivers Edge is located about 20 minutes over the border in North Carolina).
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River Hills Golf Club
Public
River Hills Golf Club
Little River, SC
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Eagle Nest Golf Club
Public
Eagle Nest Golf Club
Little River, SC
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Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links
Public
Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links
Little River, SC
Situated on the Intracoastal Waterway, Glen Dornoch has terrific views and captivating design variety. Designed by Clyde Johnston as a tribute to Donald Ross, the greens can be small and daunting, penalizing shots missed in the wrong area. The course demands thoughtful strategy, with overhanging trees and patches of native grasses coming into play. The finish is especially strong, with the scenic par-3 17th playing over marshland and the par-4 18th playing alongside the Intracoastal to a massive double-green shared with the ninth.
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Long Bay Club
Public
Long Bay Club
Longs, SC
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Thistle Golf Club: Cameron/Stewart/MacKay
Just over the border in North Carolina, this Myrtle Beach area layout offers 27 holes. The three nines offer great variety, with some holes narrow with water and others wide open with massive bunkers and imposing mounds. At times, the course can have a Scottish links-style feel, with the significant contouring and patches of native grasses. Other times, like at the par-3 island green, it more closely resembles an American resort, with plenty of water in play.
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Pine Lakes Country Club
Public
Pine Lakes Country Club
Myrtle Beach, SC
Pine Lakes Country Club, nicknamed “The Granddaddy,” opened in 1927 as the first golf course in Myrtle Beach. Designed by Robert White, the first president of the PGA of America, Pine Lakes is a scenic layout less than a half-mile from the Atlantic Ocean. In 2021, the course underwent an extensive renovation, which included regrassing the greens and reshaping and adding new sand in the bunkers.
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The Links at Brick Landing
Public
The Links at Brick Landing
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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Ocean Ridge Plantation: Leopard's Chase
Public
Ocean Ridge Plantation: Leopard's Chase
Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Located just over the South Carolina border, the courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation are worth considering for any North Myrtle Beach-centric trip. The Leopard's Chase course was ranked 15th in Golf Digest's best 60 courses you can play in Myrtle Beach, and the facility's Tiger's Eye course was ranked 19th. (All four courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation made our top 60.)
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