Arnold Palmer left his mark on the Myrtle Beach golf scene
Few who have touched a golf club hold a more special place in the game than the legendary Arnold Palmer. Beloved for his skill and spirit, Arnie decided to make his mark in Myrtle Beach, and in doing so left an indelible impression by designing some truly fantastic courses here on the Grand Strand, including four you must try for yourself on your upcoming vacation with MyrtleBeachGolf.net and SeaSide Resorts.
Seven holes at Rivers Edge are set on the bluffs of the Shallotte River, meaning some of the best Lowcountry views provided by a golf facility in the area. In true Arnold Palmer fashion, the course flows effortlessly with the landscape’s changes over creeks and around expansive wetlands toward riverfront finishing holes on both nines.
Now for Palmer’s courses at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club:
Opened in 1973 and fully renovated by Palmer’s design team in 1996, Kings’ North has received remarkable acclaim as a top-ranked public course in the U.S. The design is stylish and contemporary, like Palmer himself, with a combination of woodland holes, picturesque par 3s, dogleg par 4s and the famously risky par-5 6th. Hole No. 6 is aptly named “The Gambler,” where players must bet whether to play safely out to the right off the tee, or risk it and go for the island fairway, which affords the opportunity to go for the green in two.
As part of the trio of Palmer designs at Myrtle Beach National, SouthCreek is heavily tree-lined but still very playable, with short, reachable par 5s, an excellent mix of par-3 distances, and par 4s that put a premium on accuracy over distance. One marked feature of SouthCreek is its expansive waste area bunkers, which provide the course exceptional visual appeal as well as a real challenge to navigate at points.
Palmer’s third course at Myrtle Beach National is the West Course, known for providing one of the rarest features in the area: no housing along any of its 18 holes. Like the other two Myrtle Beach National designs, tall pines are a key element to navigate, especially off the tee, and once again, accuracy and touch around the greens are of great importance.