Best of the Beach
Myrtle Beach has grown from its humble beginnings into a sixty-mile-long behemoth of a golf mecca, with so many courses and hotels it's hard to know where to begin. The perfect trip should include a mix of perennial classics and some of the area's best new courses, a selection of which we've highlighted below along with some great places to stay.
Where to Play
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island. 800-483-6800, fishclub.com.
Greens Fees: $90$190.
Caledonia is among the handful of masterpieces in the too-small portfolio of the late, great Mike Strantz, who also designed True Blue here. Both are brilliant.
Grande Dunes Golf Club, Myrtle Beach. 866-214-4145, grandedunes.com.
Greens Fees: $95$177.
Grande Dunes, designed by Roger Rulewich, is a scenic journey through the maritime forests bordering the Intracoastal Waterway. A new members' course by Nick Price also recently opened its doors.
Pine Lakes International Country Club, Myrtle Beach. 843-449-6459, pinelakes.com. Greens Fees: $63$99.
Thistle Golf Club, Calabash. 800-571-6710, thistlegolf.com.
Greens Fees: $59$135.
Designed by rising local architect Tim Cate, this is a twenty-seven-hole facility with huge bunkers and strategic mounding.
Tournament Players Club of Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet. 888-742-8721, tpc.com/daily/myrtlebeach.
Greens Fees: $95$155.
One of the more recent arrivals in the TPC network comes from architects Tom Fazio and Lanny Wadkins. It plays through a pine forest and bucolic wetlands.
Tradition Golf Club, Pawleys Island. 877-599-0888, traditionclub.com. Greens
Ron Garl's design on a former rice plantation features generous landing areas and tightly guarded greens.
Where to Stay
Premiere Resorts at Barefoot Resort and Golf Club, North Myrtle Beach. 877-237-3767,
$104$136 (two-bedroom villa); $210$222 (four-bedroom villa in the North Tower).
Four courses from Fazio, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Davis Love III all came online in 2000 at this laid-back Grand Strand resort.
Legends Golf Resort, Myrtle Beach. 800-299-6187, legendsgolf.com.
Rates: $99$179 (two-bedroom villa).
The resort offers three on-site eighteens, including Tom Doak's excellent Heathlands course. Hone your swing after sundown at the lighted thirty-acre practice facility, or unwind at the Ailsa Pub, styled after a Scottish tavern.
Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, Litchfield Beach. 888-766-4633, litchfieldbeach.com.
Rates: $3989 (one-bedroom suite); $154$284 (four-bedroom condo).
This complex offers easy beach access, superior tennis facilities and the popular Low Country restaurant Webster's.
Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, Pawleys Island. 800-367-9959,
$145$200 (two-bedroom villa).
A decidedly quieter part of the Strand, this resort blends with nature. From the clubhouse you can observe the seven-acre lake, a rookery for egrets and wood storks. Sharpen your game at the Ritson-Sole Golf School, or simply relax poolside.