Course Spotlight: The Resort Course at Grande Dunes

Centrally located along the Grand Strand’s Intracoastal Waterway, the Resort Course at Grande Dunes is a remarkable property featuring the very best Myrtle Beach has to offer.

Award-winning since opening in 2001 and co-host of the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship, Grande Dunes was named the 2009 Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association of America and continues to be rated among South Carolina’s and America’s top resort courses by renowned national golf publications.

This par-72 design offers several sets of tees and can stretch as far as 7,600 yards, giving golfers from the longest hitters to those of wide-ranging abilities ample options that best suit their game. Designed by Roger Rulewich, Grande Dunes boasts generous fairways for a welcoming tee-to-green experience that also includes large, undulating greens that present a compelling challenge to any player’s short game and putting skills.

Four holes, including the signature par-three 14th, run alongside the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway across from the Grande Dunes resort and marina, with a total of 16 holes having water in play.

A popular inclusion on many a visiting golfer’s vacation itinerary, the Resort Course at Grande Dunes is also considered by locals as one of the Grand Strand’s best venues year-round. And as one of 21 award-winning options among the Founders Collection of courses that also includes such renowned tracks as TPC Myrtle Beach, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National and Pawleys Plantation, the Resort Course at Grande Dunes is the perfect option to consider for your next multi-round golf getaway!

Course Spotlight: Eagle Nest Golf Club

Year-round green conditions and a slew of recent upgrades are what you’ll find in abundance for your next round at Eagle Nest Golf Club.

This Gene Hamm design had already made a big splash a few years back by adding two new sets of tees, the farthest of which now make Eagle Nest the longest golf course in South Carolina at 8,000 yards when played from the new “Perch” tees. That’s not to say, though, that you don’t have plenty of distance options, which Eagle Nest offers with sets of tees that scale down as low as 3,800 – giving golfers of all skill levels a chance to enjoy an eminently player-friendly track.

As for the recent upgrades, they include the installation of new cart paths for a much smoother ride around this scenic property, and bunker renovations throughout the design that integrate dramatic new grass elements to their greenside facings.

Hamm eases you into your playing experience at Eagle Nest, and progressively ramps up the challenge throughout your journey. By the time you hit No. 16, you’re ready to take on what many consider to be the Grand Strand’s toughest three-hole stretch. Eagle Nest’s most difficult hole at the par-4 16th makes you navigate a large swamp on your approach; No. 17 is a monster par 5 that stretches more than 600 yards from the tips; and the 18th hole is a memorable par 3 with a forced carry over water to a green surrounded by bunkers on all sides.

Located conveniently near Highway 17 in Little River, Eagle Nest is an ideal option for including in a North Strand-themed golf getaway. It’s available in a range of package options, including one of our PGA specials that include a $100 gift card for each player in your group. Check it out!

Course Spotlight: King’s North at Myrtle Beach National

While Bay Hill is famously known as Arnold Palmer’s stomping grounds in Orlando, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National is undeniably Arnie’s place in South Carolina.

As one of three championship courses at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, King’s North remains a “must play” for visitors and locals alike, year after year. It originally opened in 1973 in the midst of Mr. Palmer’s hall of fame career, and by the mid-90s King’s North had undergone a full restoration, propelling it to national acclaim among America’s “Top 100 Greatest Public Courses” in 2004 by Golf Digest.

The design is simply unforgettable, featuring a combination of parkland-feel holes seamlessly integrated with picture-perfect par 3s, dogleg par 4s and risk-reward par 5s – the most notable being King’s North’s famous par-five No. 6, aptly named “The Gambler.” Here is where players must choose to either play safely out to the right or hit to the island fairway for a chance to reach this par five in two, albeit with considerable risk as a watery demise awaits an errant approach.

Water, bunkering, mature trees and a plethora of Mother Nature’s finest offerings defines this 18-hole experience that extends to more than 7,000 yards from the tips. The par-three 12th remains one of the most notable par 3s in the Palmetto State, as its signature “SC” bunkers form an indelible memory of playing it.

King’s North’s finishing 18th hole features 40 bunkers from tee to green, offering stunning visuals and unparalleled challenge to close out your round.

King’s North at Myrtle Beach National is an iconic tribute to Arnold Palmer’s playing and design career, with memorabilia and historic photographs on full display throughout the clubhouse. And with year-round pristine course conditions, there’s no wonder Arnie’s Army continues to grow here in Myrtle Beach. Be sure to explore our tee time options at this great course for your next visit!

Course Spotlight: Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club offers the golfing experience of a lifetime, delivered by the renowned “maverick” of golf course design with modern touches amid a classic Lowcountry landscape.

Caledonia is the spectacular work of the late Mike Strantz – honored by Golfweek Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Greatest Golf Architects of All Time.” While Strantz makes it a point to put nature at center stage in all of his designs, Caledonia offers the ultimate combination of creativity with large, undulating greens guarded by strategic bunkering and many of the Lowcountry’s signature native elements; challenge enhanced by towering live oaks framing the fairways, putting your strategic club selection and shot-making skills to the ultimate test; and the “star” treatment that greets you upon arrival, and stays with you every step of the way.

The turn at Caledonia is highlighted by its famous chowder shack, where a cup of its renowned fish chowder awaits and offers the ideal sendoff to an unforgettable back nine.

And the true Caledonia experience continues even after your last putt on 18 drops to the bottom of the cup. Caledonia’s back porch is the renowned setting for savoring a post-round beverage while kicking back in a southern-style rocker, as you cheer your fellow golfers on to a memorable finish.

Since its debut on the Grand Strand golf scene in 1994, Caledonia has earned numerous national and regional honors including its designation as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest, and Golfweek’s 2016 accolade naming Caledonia as one of the top resort courses in the United States.

With impeccable year-round conditions, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is always ready to provide the signature element to a one-of-a-kind golf getaway. Click here to explore our tee time options!

Hole Spotlight: No. 18 at River Club

The finishing hole at any golf course is typically one of the most memorable, if not the most memorable, golf holes of your round. The 18th at River Club is certainly no exception.

Measuring 518 yards from the tips, No. 18 at River Club is a very reachable par 5 with a tee shot that sets up everything. From the tee box the golfer is presented with a choice: play it safe and plan on three shots to get the green, or “grip and rip” and cut the corner of this dramatic dogleg left for your shot at an eagle.

The fairway glides from right to left, offering more than 500 yards worth of fairway for a golfer to play it as safe as they could possibly want to. But we all know one of a golfer’s favorite things to do is roll the dice. Tom Jackson, the designer of River Club, clearly wanted golfers on the 18th hole to end their round with a big decision. Whether you go for it all or play it safely, you get to choose your own adventure.

The lake that separates you and your eagle bid is a big one, but it is conquerable. One beautiful swing with a driver is all it takes to give yourself a short iron into this par 5, but don’t miss or you will be hitting three from the same spot.

The green complex is no cakewalk, however. With a bulkhead fronting the green, water lurks all around. Going long is safe, but you’ll find yourself most likely in one of the many bunkers just beyond the edges of a very flat and simple green.

The 18th Hole at River Club has everything you could ask for in a finishing hole, and then some!

Glen Dornoch: A Challenge with a View

A golf vacation is all about “checking the boxes.” Some golfers want views, some golfers want a challenge, and some golfers just simply want to play golf. How about a piece of Myrtle Beach golf that can check all three?

Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links certainly checks all three.

Beautiful picture-perfect views, one of the toughest finishes you will ever navigate, and an awesome golf facility position Glen Dornoch near the top of every Myrtle Beach golf wish list. Set into one of the best golf properties on the Grand Strand, Glen Dornoch touches the Intracoastal Waterway throughout the property and the layout beautifully utilizes the natural landscapes of Little River, South Carolina.

Set on the north end of Myrtle Beach, Glen Dornoch features one of the most memorable three-hole stretches of golf you can find in the area. Holes 16, 17 and 18 take the golfer through a gorgeous gauntlet that tests even the most skilled golfer, right down to the final putt. This final stretch of the back nine likely has golfers reaching for every club in their bag – and if you aren’t careful, every golf ball, too!

Designed by Clyde Johnston in 1997, the golf course at Glen Dornoch places a premium on a golfer’s accuracy and course management skills. Navigating the track with control and finesse is the name of the game for scoring out on the waterway. The layout lulls a golfer into biting off more than they can chew, even if they don’t realize it.

One of the best features of the Glen Dornoch golf experience is grabbing an ice-cold beverage and enjoying the golfers finishing on the famous double green of Holes 9 and 18 positioned just a few yards from the clubhouse steps. Place some bets, have some laughs, and see some golf shots with the perfect coastal Carolina setting as a backdrop.

Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links is the perfect stop to “check the boxes” on your next visit to Myrtle Beach. So, grab your clubs and definitely bring your camera, is ready to help book your tee time!

Sweet (And Oh So Difficult) 16 at Oyster Bay

Course’s 16th hole defines design’s rare, harmonious blend of beauty, difficulty

One of the first links-style courses in the Myrtle Beach area, Oyster Bay presents an innovative layout in a phenomenal Lowcountry setting, with picturesque marsh-oriented holes, freshwater lakes, rolling terrain and large, devilishly undulating greens. The course’s main challenge, water, comes into play on 15 of 18 holes, including No. 16: a mammoth par 4 that will no doubt force you to bring your A game on your next vacation.

No. 16 is a long par 4 measuring 470 yards from the back tees and is split into two primary sections: The teeing area and fairway, and the green complex. From the tee box, you’ll hit your shot down a fairway that doglegs slightly and is protected narrowly to the left by a forest of Carolina pines, and to the right by a massive lake that runs the entire length of the hole, jutting in at the end of the fairway and protecting the front of the green. But if you’re playing from the correct set of tees, reaching the end of the fairway where the lake juts in shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Once you’ve found the fairway successfully — and you really must hit the fairway here to have any chance of getting on the green surface in regulation — a mid- to long-iron shot or even fairway metal will be required for a forced carry approach shot over the lake to a heart-shaped green with very little room to bail out. There is a small run-up area of fairway that slivers from the short left up to the green, as well as a large bunker behind the green. But other than that, it’s just water and putting surface, so step up and save your best shot of the day for this moment.

The green itself is also highly creative, with a large spine running through the center of the heart and creating runoff areas to the left and right of it. Best of luck to you and your group if the superintendent has decided to cut the hole on the spine that day!

A great drive, great approach and great putt: You must be great on No. 16 to have a shot of conquering it.

Golfers Love to Play the Maples Course at Sea Trail, and It’s Easy to See Why

Elegant, timeless, classic golf pristinely set on the Carolina coast

The Sea Trail Golf Club in Sunset Beach, N.C., just a short drive north from the hustle and bustle of central Myrtle Beach, boasts three consistently high-rated courses that remain highly popular tracks on the Grand Strand. Sea Trail’s Dan Maples course presents a distinct golfing experience alongside Sea Trail-Byrd and Sea Trail-Jones. Right now we’ll spotlight the brilliance of the Maples course, but you should try to play all three with!

Defined by centuries-old maritime live oaks, Sea Trail-Maples is characterized primarily by its seaside setting, with signature frozen hardwoods framing numerous holes, a feature only time can create. With a naturalized setting like the Maples course, it’s no wonder it also serves as an abundant home to the area’s local wildlife, like their iconic osprey nest, located just steps from the clubhouse – one with a convenient bar/restaurant and plentiful patio space to enjoy a cold one at your round’s conclusion.

On the course, Sea Trail-Maples’ unique look, with its trees and sandy waste areas and greenside runoff space, really has no comparison on the Grand Strand. This par-72 design measures just under 6,800 yards from the back tees and will constantly call for creativity to navigate throughout its many dogleg holes. The accuracy-demanding layout features five holes that wind along the scenic Calabash Creek, with elaborate landscaping and undulating greens. Still regarded as one of Maples’ finest, this is a beautiful par-72 course, with A1/A4 blended Bentgrass greens and numerous waste bunkers peppered throughout, including one which extends the full length of the fairway.

One of the course’s signature doglegs, and perhaps its most fun hole to play, the par-4 7th at Sea Trail-Maples is a 370-yard par 4 from the back tees, but it plays much shorter because the fairway runs virtually perpendicular to the tee boxes. With a large lake separating the teeing area and fairway, players must decide how far they can cut the corner over the lake to the left, as hitting it straight out makes for a much longer approach than hitting toward the green.

Sea Trail- Maples truly is an inviting golf experience. Check it out with!

Down & Up: Pine Lakes’ 14th Hole

Elevation, water represent prevalent challenges on No. 14

Pine Lakes – the first course built in Myrtle Beach – embraces golf’s historic past with a par-70 layout that is traditional yet challenging. One hole perfectly encapsulates this balance: No. 14. Here’s what you can expect to encounter on Pine Lakes’ second-most-difficult hole when you play it with

No. 14 is a long, straight par 4 measuring 438 yards from the back tees. The challenge from the tee box is to hit one far and, most importantly, straight, as out of bounds comes into play quickly down the left side while a sizeable forest, which blocks players’ views of the green, guards the right side of the fairway.

Meanwhile, another prominent feature of the hole is the “U”-shaped elevation change, with a severe downhill slope off the tee, to a second shot played into a raised green complex. If you don’t hit it far enough off the tee, you won’t make it to the bottom of the “U,” leaving an awkward downhill lie for your second. But be careful! You don’t want to hit it too far off the tee either. There’s a small lake placed some 100 yards before the green.

With an optimal tee shot played to just before the lake at the bottom of the “U,” a mid- to short-iron into the elevated green awaits. Barring some sort of real disaster (don’t hit it fat!), the lake isn’t a huge factor for the second shot, but you’ll want to avoid the two bunkers which guard the green, one to the left and right.

The green itself is a tricky one, undulating and sloping prominently back toward the lake and the bottom of the “U.” Your best chance of finding a straight, makeable putt is to fit it in there just below the flag, but not too far below or your ball may roll off in front.

The challenge at Pine Lakes’ 14th hole is traditional and complex. It’s a great hole you should look forward to on your next vacation.

“Special” Doesn’t Begin to Describe It

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club: As Good as It Gets in Myrtle Beach

A legendary masterpiece on the shores of South Carolina, The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is the second-oldest course in the Myrtle Beach area and often ranks as the No. 1 facility on the entire Grand Strand. With more than 400 properties to his credit and work, designer Robert Trent Jones created something special at The Dunes Club, building a course with a name that speaks to the incredible piece of land on which it lies, and fostering a legacy of high-level championship golf dating back to its founding in 1948. Put simply: A chance to play The Dunes Club on your next vacation is one you won’t want to pass up!

Beautifully sandy dunes that create naturally rolling fairways and ever-maturing oaks that gracefully frame each hole set the stage for The Dunes Club’s staggeringly creative layout, with numerous signature holes that challenge even the best players in the world. Coined “Alligator Alley,” the three-hole stretch of Nos. 11, 12 and 13 quite possibly is the most famous stretch of holes in Myrtle Beach. Meandering along Lake Singleton and the Singleton Swash, these three holes are absolutely remarkable and sure to leave a lasting impression. Here’s why:

The dogleg-right, par-4 11th extends into the Singleton Swash with mature oaks overhanging the green, while the intimidating par-3 12th, with its forced marsh carry, plays into a wide but shallow green that is difficult to hit in regulation. Finally, the par-5 13th stretches to a ginormous 640 yards (from the back tees) and has received recognition as one of the best golf holes in the entire country. It is nicknamed “Waterloo” because Lake Singleton hugs the entire right side of the hole, with a forced carry second shot and likely a mid-iron third into a two-tiered green complex.

Few courses in existence utilize natural terrain the way The Dunes Club does, and the result is beautifully special – so special that the course has played host to numerous professional events, including six Senior Tour Championships, one Women’s U.S. Open and several PGA TOUR Q-School finals.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is truly a remarkable experience for those who choose to vacation with!