Tuesday, December 2

Myrtle Beach Golf: Challenging, Breathtaking, Fulfilling

The 18th hole at Caledonia. (Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday)
WHETHER YOU'VE BEEN TO MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina, or simply know it by reputation, chances are you think of it as a vast golf oasis and vacation land that has every kind of golf experience and family fun imaginable at an affordable price. It's true. That viewpoint is as take-dead-aim accurate as Bubba Watson's final-hole bunker shot in Shanghai last month.

But did you know that Myrtle Beach golf can also be sneaky tough, endlessly breathtaking and uniquely fulfilling for all stripes of aspiring golfers?

Fact: According to Golf Digest, Myrtle Beach has 71 four-star golf courses. 71! That's nearly as many four-star layouts as Pinehurst, Las Vegas and San Diego COMBINED.

Fact: In the last seven years, 13 Myrtle Beach-area golf courses have been ranked among the nation's top 100 public courses by either Golf Digest or Golf Magazine.

Fact: Myrtle Beach was voted Best Golf Destination by readers of USA Today and 10 Best, beating out Pinehurst, Kiawah Island and Sea Island, to name a few.

Following, in alphabetical order, are five Myrtle Beach-area golf courses that measure up to the esteemed layouts of other golf destinations.

Caledonia
Equal parts art and architecture, Caledonia meanders through live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and along the Waccamaw Neck. The 18th hole, which plays across water to a green that rests in the shadow of an antebellum-style clubhouse, is one of the best in the game.

Dunes Club
This classic Robert Trent Jones Sr. design helped put Myrtle Beach on the golf map. The Dunes Club is a consensus top-100 layout that has hosted six Senior PGA Tour Championships, the U.S. Women's Open, the finals of PGA Tour Q-School and, most recently, the PGA Professional National Championship.

Tidewater
Arguably the prettiest golf course in Myrtle Beach and among the most aesthetically pleasing layouts on the entire East Coast. Tidewater offers views of Cherry Grove, the Intracoastal Waterway and even a distant view of the Atlantic Ocean.

TPC Myrtle Beach
TPC Myrtle Beach is one of Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Public Courses and has hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship. From the locker room to the finishing par-5 hole, this is a PGA Tour-quality experience in every respect.

True Blue
True Blue is located less than a mile from sister course Caledonia. Although completely different, True Blue is every bit as memorable. Think big: huge fairways, greens, waste bunkers and challenge. Also big recognition: True Blue is currently ranked 77th on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play.

So the next time you're planning a golf trip or vacation, think Myrtle Beach for yet another reason--the home to some of the best public golf courses in America.

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