Four of the Grand Strand’s premier layouts were ranked among the nation’s Top 100 Resort Courses, led by the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, which was 29th on the list. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club wasn’t far behind at No. 37 and the Mike Strantz design was followed by its sister course, True Blue Golf Club (No. 75), and the Moorland Course at Legends Resort (No. 82).
The depth and quality of the Grand Strand’s golf offerings were further highlighted by the magazine’s ranking of South Carolina’s 14 best resort courses, a list that featured eight area layouts. In addition to the four top 100 designs, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, Grande Dunes, and the Love and Dye courses at Barefoot Resort were ranked among the Palmetto State’s best.
Tidewater Golf Club, arguably the area’s most scenic course, was one of just a handful of public courses to be ranked among South Carolina’s top 20 residential layouts.
The Dunes Club, a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, is a consensus top 100 public course and Myrtle Beach’s most revered layout. A former host of the PGA Senior Tour Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open, the Dunes Club wows golfers with an unforgettable design, highlighted by the par 5 13th hole, known as Waterloo.
Caledonia is also ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella. The lowcountry classic is set amidst soaring live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, and the 18th hole, which plays to a devilish green resting in the shadow of an antebellum style clubhouse, provides a picturesque end to a bucket-list round.
Located less than a mile away, True Blue provides a contrasting experience to Caledonia. Everything about the Strantz design – fairways, greens and, yes, waste bunkers – is big, most notably the fun.
The Moorland Course at Legends Resort has been ranked among the nation’s most difficult tracks, but as its Golfweek ranking suggests, reputation and reality don’t always intersect. Featuring some of the area’s widest fairways and largest greens, Moorland is both enjoyable and playable, qualities on full display on the 223-yard (white tees) 16th hole, known as Hell’s Half-Acre. The par 4 is on the short list (pun intended!) of the Myrtle Beach’s best drivable 4s.
Golfweek compiles its rankings based on the evaluations of its team of course raters. The magazine's 850 evaluators survey more than 3,600 courses – grading each nominated course on the basis of Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation. Collectively, the raters turned in more than 75,000 votes to compile Golfweek’s Best courses lists.
Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News