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Best golf courses near Myrtle Beach, SC

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Myrtle Beach, SC. There are 54 courses within a 15-mile radius of Myrtle Beach, 49 of which are public courses and 5 are private courses. There are 48 18-hole courses and 5 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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Myrtle Beach National: King's North
Public
Myrtle Beach National: King's North
Myrtle Beach, SC
4.3
15 Panelists
A past member of our 100 Greatest Public list, King’s North is one of three layouts at Myrtle Beach National. The Arnold Palmer design features some of the Grand Strand’s most notable holes, including the par-5 sixth hole, aptly nicknamed “The Gambler.” Off the tee, players must choose one of the two fairways, either the island strip that shortens the hole, or the safer option to the right, making it a three-shotter. The par-3 12thfeatures an island green, and though it’s more generous than the famous TPC Sawgrass original, the wooden bulkheads lining the green provide similar intimidation.
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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: 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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TPC Myrtle Beach
Public
TPC Myrtle Beach
Murrells Inlet, SC
3.9
65 Panelists
Once the host of the Senior PGA Tour Championship and now home to Dustin Johnson’s annual World Junior Golf Championship, TPC Myrtle Beach is designed to challenge even the pros. Numerous water hazards, strategically placed trees, and forced carries make this track a tough, but enjoyable test.
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Man O' War Golf Club
Public
Man O' War Golf Club
Myrtle Beach, SC
Water is the defining feature at Man O’ War, coming into play on nearly every hole. The Myrtle Beach layout features back-to-back island greens, including at the par-3 15th, which we ranked among golf’s best island greens. First, the 14th is a relatively short par 4 where the second shot plays over water. The par-3 15th is short—only about 125 yards—and plays to a 48-yard wide, 65-yard-deep island green. What’s more, there’s also an “island hole,” where water surrounds the fairway and green.
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The Wizard Golf Course
Public
The Wizard Golf Course
Myrtle Beach, SC
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The Legends Golf Resort: Parkland
Public
The Legends Golf Resort: Parkland
Myrtle Beach, SC
As evidenced by its name, the Parkland course at Legends Golf Resort is tree-lined and relatively flat, with subtly contoured fairways. There are recently renovated bunkers and plenty of native fescue lining many fairways.
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Myrtlewood Golf Club: Palmetto
Public
Myrtlewood Golf Club: Palmetto
Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtlewood’s 36-hole facility includes the Palmetto course, which has gently sloping fairways, large greens and a variety of hazards. The Myrtle Beach layout hosted the second U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links in 1978. As part of a 2019 renovation, every bunker on the course was redesigned, with many of them being moved closer to the fairways. New Bermuda grass greens were installed the same year as well.
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The Legends Golf Resort: Heathland
Public
The Legends Golf Resort: Heathland
Myrtle Beach, SC
The Heathland course at the Legends Golf Resort opened in 1990 and was one of Tom Doak’s earliest designs. The acclaimed Doak—who also designed Pacific Dunes, Tara Iti and Streamsong Blue, among many others—designed Heathland in a Scottish links-style, with open, rolling terrain. Shot options abound at Heathland, with well-placed bunkering, patches of dense native grasses and a meandering creek all demanding thoughtful strategy and proper execution.
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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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Arrowhead Country Club: Lakes/Waterway/Cypress
Arrowhead Country Club is a 27-hole facility with three distinct nines located just a couple miles from the airport in Myrtle Beach. The tree-lined Cypress nine winds through Carolina hardwoods with water coming into play on seven holes, mostly on the right side. Water also comes into play on many holes on the Lakes nine, including at the narrow par-5 third. The Waterway is perhaps the most player-friendly of the three nines, with wider fairways and large greens. Arrowhead boasts a “Kids Play Free” program where juniors 16 and under can play for free with a paying adult.
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Arcadian Shores Golf Club
Public
Arcadian Shores Golf Club
Myrtle Beach, SC
Arcadian Shores was Rees Jones’ first solo design project, opening in 1974. This Myrtle Beach layout jumpstarted Jones’ career, which saw him redesign many U.S. Open venues, earning him the moniker “The Open Doctor.” Like many Rees Jones designs, trees and bunkers line the fairways, requiring quality ball-striking. Many greens are elevated, and approaches that don’t reach the surfaces can roll back down the fairway.
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Prestwick Country Club
Public
Prestwick Country Club
Myrtle Beach, SC
Situated in the heart of Myrtle Beach, just a few miles from the airport, Prestwick Country Club is a collaboration between Pete Dye and his son, P.B. The par-72 features many of Dye’s distinct characteristics, including intimidating sightlines, wooden bulkheads, dramatic mounding and deep-faced bunkers. Though the layout can be quite demanding from the back tees, set at just under 7,100 yards, there are six sets of tees.
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The Legends Golf Resort: Moorland
Public
The Legends Golf Resort: Moorland
Myrtle Beach, SC
From Golf Digest Architecture Editor emeritus Ron Whitten: At the same time in 1989 when Tom Doak was constructing the Heathland Course at Legends Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach, Pete Dye's younger son, P.B. Dye, was on site concocting another 18, the Moorland Course. (I'm pretty sure Doak routed Moorland at the same time he prepared his plans for Heathland, because early press releases stated Doak was do three 18s at the resort. He ended up building just one of the three.) Moorland, like Heathland, opened in 1990, and I played both soon thereafter. As much as I enjoyed Heathland, I detested Moorland, for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it was clearly a young P.B. trying to outdo his famous father, which resulted in outlandish golf holes. Where Pete would create a boldly sloped green or two on his designs, P.B. went further at Moorland and created several greens that repelled shots into deep hollows or deeper bunkers. From many of those, you were probably playing out sideways or backward. On some designs, Pete would tuck the green on a short par 4 behind a high mound. At Moorland, P.B. tried to top him by hiding most of his 18th green behind a towering 12-foot-tall bunker and making the green 63 yards long. While Pete would use railroad ties along the edge of a water hazard or as a basket trap, at Moorland P.B. stuck railroad ties everywhere. There were a gazillion of them lining all the lakes on the course. There were railroad ties framing a square bunker that had a tree growing out of it. P.B. even slapped some railroad ties down as a stretch of cart path. (What a jolting experience that was.) I wrote at the time, "Moorland has more railroad ties than common sense." I should note that many of these old railroad ties have now been removed, particularly the cart path ones. So I suppose I should like the course more now. But I don't. I mostly dislike it because of its position right next to Doak's fluid, flowing, beautifully shaped Heathland Course. P.B.'s shaping seems extraordinarily harsh and artificial in comparison, his constant abrupt changes all the more unappealing. The fairway contours are as symmetrical as a washboard and just as grating, with lots of semi-blind approach shots from the bottoms of swales. I remember one critic wrote that Moorland had, "Drama at every turn." I felt it was more like melodrama, with exaggerations left and right. I was later told that P.B. was simply providing what owner Larry Young wanted, a course with the highest slope rating in the land. (This was the late '80s, remember, when being the toughest was all the rage.) For a short time after Moorland opened, Young got his wish, a course rating of 76.8 and a slope rating of 140, highest in the nation at the time. But within a year, Moorland was surpassed by Papa Pete's Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Its course rating was only 76.7, but it boasted a slope rating of 145. I'm glad the days of slope-boasting are over.
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