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Here it is: Mytle Beach's top-10 golf courses

By Tim McDonald, Contributor

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Grand Strand is all about quantity over quality, but with an asterisk. Yes, it's a golf free-for-all, with well over 100 golf clubs to salivate over, and no, it doesn't boast any courses on Golf Digest's acclaimed "America's 100 greatest golf courses."

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That being said, there are some tracks that would wow any golf course critic, if he or she could get past Myrtle Beach's churn-'em-out reputation. If you're planning a virgin golf trip to Myrtle Beach or a return trip, and you have no regard for green fees or membership requirements, here are TravelGolf.com's top-10 Myrtle Beach golf courses.

Be advised, it's a subjective list, based on personal experience, input from insiders, outsiders, good golfers, bad golfers, TravelGolf.com writers, golf pros, golf packagers and voodoo. We're taking into account pure golf architecture, scenery, service and the overall golf experience. Play them all and you can say you've experienced the very best of the Grand Strand.

No. 1 - Barefoot Resort, Love course:

Davis Love III is hardly an unknown, but he went up against Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Greg Norman - the best and brightest of American golf design - at this mega-facility, and surprised everybody by emerging with the best layout.

Of course, Love had the best piece of property to work with at the sprawling resort, and he took advantage of it. Love is a Carolina native and his love for the area comes alive in this 7,000-yard homage to the lowcountry: elevated greens, tree-lined fairways, challenging par 4s and the recreated ruins of an old, plantation home that runs along holes 3-7. The greens bring Donald Ross and Pinehurst No. 2 to mind.

In addition to the scenery, it's a fun course to play off the tee, with its wide-open fairways and easy-to-hit landing areas. It was voted the sixth-best new course in the country in 2000 by Golf Digest.

No. 2 - Tidewater Golf Club Plantation:

Laid out along the Intracoastal Waterway, a little north of North Myrtle Beach, Tidewater will dazzle you with scenery and shots.

It's a gorgeous golf course, with overhanging oaks, marsh everywhere and high bluffs overlooking the sun-sparkled Intracoastal Waterway, complete with cruising sailboats and dotted with local fishermen. Everywhere you look, the conditioning is top-notch, even in the autumn when many other Strand courses are suffering.

It's a little more than 7,000 yards, but you'll feel like you traveled much farther than that when you walk off No. 18. The course dips and rises, twists and bends, and nearly every hole has some feature that makes it stand out. Pick your tees wisely: the slope rating is 144 from the back tees and 139 from the gold.

No. 3 - Caledonia Golf and Fish Club:

Caledonia merges plantation history with some of the finest golf available on the Grand Strand. Remains of the rice plantation and the fish and hunt club are easy to spot, including Fishhead Shed, part of the original plantation house. The clubhouse is vintage antebellum and an old boat dock sits in the shadows of the property's 150-year-old oak trees.

"In effect, (Mike) Strantz and Caledonia's owners have produced the perfect combination of location, course design, course conditioning service and ambiance," TravelGolf.com wrote in a review.

No. 4 - Rivers Edge Golf Club:

A salute to Shallotte (pronounced sha-loot), a beautifully laid-out stunner along the banks of the Shallotte River and the surrounding marshes, here at the northern tip of the Grand Strand. Just don't let your friends coerce you into being Macho Man and play it from the back tees if you're a mid- to high-handicapper.

Designers Arnold Palmer and Erik Larsen did their homework, taking an exceptional piece of lowcountry terrain and subtly routing Rivers Edge through and around it, following the natural curves and yes, even elevation.

"It's the best, natural piece of land, I would say, since Pebble Beach," Head Professional Bart Romano said. "We moved no dirt to build the place, it's all natural land, rolling hills and fairways. Obviously, it's the flattest region in the world, here at the beach - and we have a lot of elevation change."

No. 5 - Barefoot Resort, Pete Dye course:

This is by far the most difficult of the four Barefoot Resort courses, not surprising given its designer, the dark lord of golf architecture. It's more than 7,300 yards from the tips with a Dye-like slope rating of 149.

Dye likes to play with your head more than your game, and most of his tricks are on display here. He likes to hide his bunkers and has been known to align his tee boxes so poor saps like you and me will hit into them.

His greens are rarely uniform in size, and severely undulating. The course has extensive mounding - another Dye characteristic - and only walkers get a break here, along with those who appreciate beautiful courses.

No. 6 - The Dunes Golf and Beach Club:

The Dunes is the most revered golf course along the Grand Strand, and the recipient of most of the awards the experts deign to hand out to Myrtle Beach-area golf courses.

It was designed by elegant Robert Trent Jones Sr. and has hosted the Senior Tour Championship. Opened in 1948, you play through live oaks, rolling coastal terrain and the roar of the Atlantic in your ears. As for the course, you'll need to be both long and smart off the tee and be careful around the greens, many fronted by large, penal bunkers.

No. 7 - True Blue:

The golf course has been toned down since its original design by Mike Strantz, but remains one of the more interesting courses on the Grand Strand, with its hidden greens, visually deceptive bunkers and various pitfalls, usually unseen, along the way.

"This course was and is Caledonia on steroids," said Danny Gore, a former Caledonia assistant professional.

Strantz liked to keep you off balance - there are three par 5s on the front nine, for example, and the back nine starts with another long one. Modeled after Pine Valley and Pinehurst.

No. 8 - Grande Dunes Golf and Beach Club:

The track lives up to its name in virtually every aspect. A big bridge leads you to one of the biggest residential developments on the Grand Strand, a $20 billion project on 2,200 acres of prime Intracoastal land.

The course has grand, sweeping views of the Intracoastal Waterway, the fairways are multi-level and water is in play almost every hole. This can be a tough course that can be very penal if you don't select the right tees.

No. 9 - World Tour Golf Links:

What? A replica course in the top 10? If the World Tour Golf Links is indeed a tourist attraction, it's a good one.

Obviously, you can't make exact replicas, because of the legal issues and because you can't move the North Sea to South Carolina. Nor can you duplicate the idiosyncratic terrain many of the original holes are built on. But, the holes are designed to give you an idea of where the game's legends have made their names at holes that closely resemble the hallowed halls of golf.

The feature the average golfer may notice the most is the size and slope of the greens. The green at the Open course's No. 9, a replica of St. Andrews' No. 18 is massive. It looks like it could serve as a runway at Myrtle Beach International.

Ditto No. 1. The kidney-shaped green at No. 7, based on Augusta National's No. 16, has a slope so severe it will give you four-putt nightmares. This is one of the great things about World Tour: you get an idea of the radical kind of slopes the pros have to negotiate.

No. 10 - Pawleys Plantation:

One of Jack Nicklaus' fairest designs, Pawleys Plantation is an old favorite, laid out on a resort that encompasses 600 acres of wetlands, ancient oak trees salt marshes and small lakes. One of the prettiest courses on the Strand.

Tim McDonaldTim McDonald, Contributor

Veteran golf writer Tim McDonald keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation.


 
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  • top 10

    Rich kulaszewski wrote on: Apr 30, 2014

    The top 10 is very subjective and truly believe that Tidewater only survives on past reputation and those that know Myrtle Beach would never put it in the top 10. The world tour has gone down like the Titanic. The conditions are awful and rumor has it they are in trouble attempting to sell 9 of 27 holes. Also incorporate dunes club which is private and not assessable to the average Myrtle Beach golfer.

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  • Best 10 Courses in Myrtle Beach

    Ed Dunn wrote on: Jan 5, 2014

    Not sure were you are getting your information from but I think it is all wet.
    Love Number 1. There are at least 35 courses rated higher then Love.
    Tidewater 2. There are at least 10 courses rated higher. Nice course, pricy though.
    Caledonia 3. Is close but as far as I am concerned it is probably 5 or 6. Pricy and I don't think it is worth the cost. When you have a 90 yard hole you are stretching it a little.
    Rivers Edge 4. There are at least 25 courses rated higher. It is okay if they pay attention to conditioning. Just because it is a Palmer course doesn't make it good.
    Dye 5. There are at least 15 rated higher. I like Dye the best of the Barefoot courses.
    Dunes 6. This is in my estimation the best course in the Myrtle Beach area.
    True Blue 7. About right. Pricy and to far south.
    Grande Dunes 8. There are about 15 courses rated higher. I would think it is in the top 15.
    World Tour 9. Not in the top 10 but close.
    Pawley's Plantation 10. Close but there are a lot of other courses I would sooner play. Oyster Bay, Legends Moorlands, Glen Dornoch, Heather Glen, Long Bay, Myrtle Beach National King's North, Pine Lakes, Prestwick, TPC.
    I have been going to Myrtle Beach for over 30 years now and have played the courses you have listed as the top 10 plus 78 other courses and your rating as far as I am concerned are not correct.
    I will be taking my group of 64 to Myrtle Beach in 2015 for our 30 Anniversary and we will be playing which I think are the top courses. Here is my rating.
    1. Dunes Club.
    2. Glen Dornoch
    3. Prestwick
    4. TPC
    5. Caledonia.
    6. Tidewater
    7. Long Bay
    8. True Blue
    9. Myrtle Beach Nation King's North
    10. Barefoot Dye

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  • The Best 10 Courses in Myrtle Beach

    Drew Richmond wrote on: Oct 10, 2012

    This article is over 6 years old and much has changed in the Myrtle Beach golf area. However, very few will argue that the list has changed much. All of these courses should be somewhere in everyone's top 15-20 if you have played theme lately.
    Heading to Myrtle Beach for golf, send me an email and I'll put a terrific package together for you. I've played all of the courses many times over.

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    • RE: The Best 10 Courses in Myrtle Beach

      Jeff wrote on: Dec 9, 2013

      Drew, I plan on heading down to Myrtle Beach in January and was looking to find about 4 other courses that are a must ti play. World Tour Golf Links is a must, but I am open to other ideas for the rest. Thank for your help.

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      • RE: RE: The Best 10 Courses in Myrtle Beach

        Brandon Tucker wrote on: Dec 9, 2013

        A few others not on the Top 10 list I'd consider are Barefoot Fazio, Willbrook Plantation and TPC Myrtle Beach. Great scenery is to be had at Oyster Bay as well.

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    • RE: The Best 10 Courses in Myrtle Beach

      Barb Kelly wrote on: Oct 21, 2013

      Hi, I have an rv at south Myrtle Beach so need golf only and not to have to drive more than 20 minutes to courses. Two ladies, 8 to 10 rounds of golf and one must be Blackmoor. Looking for the most economical way to go about this. 12 to 1 pm works good for us.

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    • RE: The Best 10 Courses in Myrtle Beach

      peter blazuk wrote on: Mar 17, 2013

      Deciding whether to go to SC or Alabama for 4 rounds of golf after the Masters this year. Both I hear are worthy, we would stay in Myrtle Beach if we went to SC,
      I appreciate your thoughts
      Peter

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    • RE: The Best 10 Courses in Myrtle Beach

      John Cochran wrote on: Dec 17, 2012

      Sir,
      Some Army boys coming down 15-18Feb, figured it was better than being in Afghanistan! And since most of us will be there next year we need to take advantage of the kitchen pass. Want to play 18 Friday, 36,sat,sun, 18 mon am. We need lodging and momma has us a a reasonable budget. Look forward to hearing from you.
      Thanks,
      LTC Cochran

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    • RE: The Best 10 Courses in Myrtle Beach

      Paul Weightman wrote on: Oct 16, 2012

      Planning a golf trip to Myrtle Beach around February 2013. 8 golfers, Handicaps around 10 -12. Looking for 6 nights with 6 rounds with replays on each day. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
      Paul

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  • Myrtle beach golf holiday from Ireland

    Michael Brennan wrote on: Oct 3, 2010

    Hi, myself and three friends have booked our flights to myrtle beach from Ireland for mid April. With such a collection of courses im looking for information on what courses i "have" to play. Coming such a long distance we plan on playing some of the best courses in the area. any advice on courses we should play or avoid would be greatky appreciatied.
    Thanking You in advance.

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    • RE: Myrtle beach golf holiday from Ireland

      Golfcrazed wrote on: Jan 31, 2012

      I have been there many times. I was there in Oct. and will be back in Apri.
      Must Plays:
      Caladonia
      Barefoot: Fazio
      Barefoot: Love
      Dunes Golf & Beach Club
      Thistle
      Glen Dornoch

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  • Myrtle beach golf holiday from Ireland

    Michael Brennan wrote on: Oct 3, 2010

    Hi, myself and three friends have booked our flights to myrtle beach from Ireland for mid April. With such a collection of courses im looking for information on what courses i "have" to play. Coming such a long distance we plan on playing some of the best courses in the area. any advice on courses we should play or avoid would be greatky appreciatied.
    Thanking You in advance.

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  • River's Edge

    Tom wrote on: Jun 10, 2010

    Make sure that you have a written guarantee that you will be reimbursed 100% and provided with a "Top 10" place to place ‘that day’ if you show up and they aerated the greens. Planned a trip here and 3 other courses (Tiger's Eye was one of them...very nice) with 7 other high school buddies – circa 1974. I planned it a year in advance around their aeration. I called the course 2 weeks before we left to confirm. When we showed up that day, the entire course was aerated. Everything, tee boxes, rough, fairways and greens. It was also wet out that day...the worst course I have ever played. Great scenery, however you probably could find the same enjoyable scenery less than 5 miles from where you live. Played it when it first opened as well and was not impressed, but figured with Arnie's name on it, it would have been better 7 or so years later. Totally mis-managed and one Myrtle Beach Golf Course that the 8 of us will never go back to. Similar issues at River Edge? Please comment.

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    • RE: River's Edge

      Jim Taylor wrote on: Jun 24, 2013

      Understand that when you book golf in North or South Carolina for early to mid-spring and early to mid-fall, courses are likely to be aerated and top dressed.

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  • River's Edge

    Tom wrote on: Jun 10, 2010

    Make sure that you have a written guarantee that you will be reimbursed 100% and provided with a "Top 10" place to place ‘that day’ if you show up and they aerated the greens. Planned a trip here and 3 other courses (Tiger's Eye was one of them...very nice) with 7 other high school buddies – circa 1974. I planned it a year in advance around their aeration. I called the course 2 weeks before we left to confirm. When we showed up that day, the entire course was aerated. Everything, tee boxes, rough, fairways and greens. It was also wet out that day...the worst course I have ever played. Great scenery, however you probably could find the same enjoyable scenery less than 5 miles from where you live. Played it when it first opened as well and was not impressed, but figured with Arnie's name on it, it would have been better 7 or so years later. Totally mis-managed and one Myrtle Beach Golf Course that the 8 of us will never go back to. Similar issues at River Edge? Please comment.

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  • Fazio Course

    Rick wrote on: Jul 17, 2008

    I have played 7 of these 10 courses and am surprised that the Fazio Course at Barefoot did not make the list. Caledonia is top notch and I recommend it highly! Tidewater had some great holes along the waterway although it had a few holes too close to housing. Rivers Edge actually had a closed green the year we played, although it was a nice layout. It was a beautiful track but they built one of the greens too close to water. True Blue was a nice course, although if you expected a "low country spanish moss" style course like Caledonia you were very surprised to find a Pine Valley style course. Pawleys simply had too much play to recommend at the top 10 Myrtle level. Grande Dunes did not disappoint and belongs on the list. For those on a budget, Prestwick had a small surcharge to play and was surprisingly nice, although the only easy hole was 19!

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  • Course friendly for newer golfers

    Dave wrote on: May 16, 2008

    I am heading to MB in 2 weeks with my 15 year old son who just starting playing 6 months ago. he understands the game and has good golf manners. I am a middle handicapper. Not looking to play the premier courses as that would be too tough for him and unfair to fellow golfers. Any suggestions for courses that are new golfer friendly both in course set up and staff but still something he would realize is much better than the local muni's we play.

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  • Golf Course Deals

    Al Moseley wrote on: Sep 16, 2007

    My Uncle and I are visiting Myrtle Beach for three days this October 8 thru October 10, 2007. Although we both were born in South Carolina, my Uncle has never visited there. I have booked reservations for us at the Avista Resort in North Myrtle Beach. What three golf courses would you recommend for two Senior players with handicaps around 12? What would the average rates be?
    Thanks
    Al Moseley

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  • Upcoming Trip

    J.D. wrote on: Sep 14, 2007

    My friend and I are planning a 5 day golf trip to MB (10/15/07 - 10/19/07). Last time there was around 1989. Would appreciate some comments on the weather this time of year and the must play courses. We will probably play 5 or 6 rounds.
    Thanks, I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

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  • True Blue Overrated

    Frank Petrusic wrote on: Aug 18, 2007

    I've played seven of the ten courses on your list, and found them all very good, some near spectacular. However, I was stunned to see True Blue on your list. Having played it this past June, I found it nothing like the others on your list, and a very unpleasant experience. Hidden bunkers, waste areas, average greens, funky layout - if it's "Caledonia on steroids" - they should have avoided they same stuff Barry Bonds used.

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    • RE: True Blue Overated? NO!

      shane hicks wrote on: Jul 28, 2008

      I would like to reply to a commit that Frank Petrusic made about True Blue in MBeachS.C. True is a design by Mike Stranz, who worked with Fazio and then went out on his own. He died of cancer around 5 or so years ago. Anyways as with any round of golf that we play if you know where your ball is going and by a yardage book you should do just fine! I recommend all of Mike Stranz courses. They are different visualy, although he gives the golfer all the chance in the world to shoot a good number. The only way to apreciate his work is to play his courses again and again so that the golfer understands the fact that he offers plenty of room to screw up. His other courses are wonderful; Tobacco Road in Sanford, NC, Tot Hill Farm in Asheboro, N.C., Bulls Bay (Private) Charleston,S.C., Royal New Kent Williamsburg V.A., Stonehouse Williamsburg V.A. and another in C.A. that is private and his last course. They are indeed radical in design, although a nice change. Hope this helps someone out there!

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  • Courses for the economically Challenged

    Russ wrote on: Jun 8, 2007

    We are a group of 16 looking for 4 rounds of golf for $65 or less per round. If anyone has any suggestions, I am all ears.
    Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you veterans of the area.

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    • RE: Courses for the economically Challenged

      Chad Citro wrote on: Oct 10, 2010

      RUSS. Call Golf Master Drew at Myrtle Beach Golfmasters. Tell him what your budget is and he will come up with the best possible package. Tell him I sent you. We have used him for the past 3 years and he does a great job. He will even get you some free breakfasts and possibly lunches too. Go to www.myrtlebeachgolfmasters.com to get his number. Good luck!

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    • RE: Courses for the economically Challenged

      Alain Milette wrote on: Jun 9, 2007

      Try these it's very nice place to play and not to expensive,
      Lion's Paw
      Tiger's Eye
      Panthers Run
      River Club

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  • first time in Myrtle beach

    Lou wrote on: Mar 30, 2007

    we will be in myrtle beach may 6-10 and looking for 4 courses to play that are reasonable yet nice for some guys that usuallly shoot in the low 90's any help would like to try and spend 50 bucks a day on golf

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    • RE: first time in Myrtle beach

      Chad Citro wrote on: Oct 10, 2010

      LOU. Go to www.myrtlebeachgolfmasters.com and get the phone number for Golfmaster Drew. He will hook you up.

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  • litchfield resort

    Steve Weekes wrote on: Feb 25, 2007

    anyone with some insight on litchfield resort and the three courses?, litchfield cc, river club and willbrook plantation. would love to hear from someone who has stayed here or played these. Thanks

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    • RE: litchfield resort

      Chad Citro wrote on: Oct 10, 2010

      Steve. We played all 3 courses last year and enjoyed all of them. We liked Litchfield the best. The River Club had alot of mayflies that day but I think that can happen anywhere. Watch out for the Alligators at Willbrook. LOL.

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  • march golf fun

    Mike wrote on: Feb 11, 2007

    Hello. First time in MB with my 17 y old boy. (he beats me all the time...)
    Whats the weather like in early march?.
    Give me 5 good courses, middle range prices and a lot of fun to play inside a 30 minutes car ride from central MB.
    Any other advices??
    Thanks from snowy Québec!!

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    • RE: march golf fun

      mike hendrix wrote on: Feb 14, 2007

      I'd look for a property that offers the "Members" golf package. This is a package offered by a group of golf courses all owned by the same company, thus offering a rate reduction. You can play Kings North at MB National, The River Club, Willbrook Plantation, and Litchfield, and they'll throw in a 5th (PM) round wiht cart a no charge. More info, call me toll-free between 9-5 at 888-500-6600. Good luck on your planning.

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  • golf course ratings

    Mark W. wrote on: Feb 5, 2007

    My group of 8 golfers has been making regular trips to M.B. since 1987. We've played just about everthing. I agree with most of the author's top 10 except for Caledonia. It is way overrated. Once you get past the "golf and fish club" atmosphere gimmick, it's just a regular golf course. And it's short, not particularly challenging, and other than #18, not memorable. The sister course, True Blue is a much better golf course.
    River's Edge was a neat course when we played it, but the greens were in bad shape (late May), and the mosquitos were terrible. Take plenty of repellant.
    Falcon is a great value course. So is the River Club. Brunswick is a good layout, but the turf conditions have not always been that good.

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  • COURSES

    DAVID BICKEL wrote on: Feb 2, 2007

    WILL BE IN MYRTLE BEACH IN MARCH. I HAVE PICKED 5 COURSES BUT CAN ONLY PLAY 3. CAN YOU REVIEW THEM & LIST THEM 1-5. BURNING RIDGE, ABERDEEN, ISLAND GREEN, LIONS PAW, RIVER OAKS.

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  • my guide to golf in MB!!

    Matt H wrote on: Jan 8, 2007

    Ive played all of these courses, most more than once. If you want the List....as of Summer 2006 here it is.
    Barefoot Fazio
    -best course down there, amazing condition, great range, and putting green
    Caledonia
    -the drive to the clubhouse was incredible, and the patio overlooking the 18th make for an amzing day.
    Barefoot Love
    -I struggled at this track, elevated green always seem to bite me in the ass, but a great course.
    Tidewater
    -best Par 3's on the strand. #3 and #12 are AMAZING!
    Rivers Edge
    -in the summer you can get a great deal $40 or $50 cant beat it, amazing back nine. dont let #9 ruin ur day! JUST LAUGH!
    Dunes Club
    -no description needed...its the dunes club. Love #9 and #11 and #13
    TPC
    -LOVE TOM FAZIO! Not as nice as his couse at Barefoot, but a vey nice track!
    True Blue
    -somewhat tricked up course, solid conditions, some holes i like more than others. nice track, not Caledonia however!
    Glen Dornoch
    -you either love it or hate it, but if you still hate it standing on the 18th green, you must be blind! Great Waterway Views!!
    Kings North
    -nice track, nice greens, i can live without #6...tricked up golf isnt for me....#18 is the true signature hole here.
    Long Bay Club
    -great track, jack at his best! fun course, bring a few extra balls, the water here just seemed to swallow my golf balls! great greens, unique golf!
    Barefoot Dye
    -amazing holes, tough as nails, would be higher but it hurt to score that high! Dye's courses at time are unfair. A hidden bunker seems to swallow ur ball when you think u crushed a tee shot. hidden shots, massive mounding.....ouch! great course if you are on tour!!
    Barefoot Norman
    -i would say the easier of the 4 courses at Barefoot. Amazing conditions, seems par for the course at barefoot! not alot of rough here, fairways roll right into waste bunkers, a few nice holes that stretch along the Waterway! not easy by any stretch, and fun!
    now for the WORST of MB!
    I hated...
    Beechwood, i think they are finally putting this club to sleep!
    Azalea Sands...same course as beechwood, and they are putting her to sleep.!! Thankfully
    The Pearl, played the West course, nothing special to me.....very bored, left unimpressed.
    Eastport, NO THANKS!!! ESH!
    Carolina Shores....GROSS
    GREAT MONEY SAVERS!!!
    Brunswick
    Wicked Stick
    Indigo Creek
    Waterway Hills-gondola ride over the waterway is kinda cool...when its working!
    Possum Trot! great course to play early in ur week....work the kinks out from a long drive, or flight! great old club, solid practice facility! big fan of possum trot!
    Hope this helps!! Let Me Know!!

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    • RE: my guide to golf in MB!!

      Tony wrote on: Jan 11, 2007

      Have you played World Tour or Tiger's Eye. Also Oyster Bay or Thistle. Your opinion. I played Barefoot Love last year we all felt it was overated. I would like to play Fazio though. Was the dunes really a nice course and was the greens large?

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      • RE: RE: my guide to golf in MB!!

        Matt H wrote on: Jan 14, 2007

        World Tour is overrated, nice conditions, but since i know the reasl holes i walked away very unimpressed for my money. Thistle i played once conditions were just ok that summer, but a great layout. It iw WORTH a top 10! Oyster Bay doesnt impress me much. I like the one signature hole, but there rest seemed ordinary. Conditions are spotty. Tigers Eye was a GREAT TRACK!! TIM CATE IS AMAZING. HOWEVER! I didnt enjoy the pricks int he clubhouse, and the rangers kept bugging us. I love the people at Barefoot. Rivers Edge, and the Glens Group! They kill themselves for their golfers. Dunes Club is pretty cool. #9 is fun, and the entire back is a fun ride! The fist 8 are nice but nothing too scenic, but #9 makes up for it. Any other questions? Def my opinion, i want to play brunswick and prestwick this summer, i hear nice things about both, and they are very fair priced!

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        • 3 courses in June

          Morgan wrote on: Apr 2, 2007

          I'm planning a trip to MB in early June and have three rounds scheduled...I'd love anyone's thoughts. We are playing at Heathland, The Witch, and Glen Dornoch.

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        • RE: RE: RE: my guide to golf in MB!!

          Tony wrote on: Jan 29, 2007

          Hey thinks Matt for the Info. I plan to play. Caledonia, Tiger's Eye, Thistle, Oyster Bay and Grand Dunes Resort Course. In that order. I would like to fit one more round in but our group is split over the last course. Half want to play "World Tour" and the other half Barefoot Fazio. Last year they played the "Love Course" and they were not that impressed. The guys are mid to high handicappers. Everyone shoots 80 to 110 with the average being 95 to 100..Anymore information you have on nice courses where the scenery is stunning adn the play is not to demanding from the white tees we are interested...Thanks again..

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          • RE: RE: RE: RE: my guide to golf in MB!!

            Mike wrote on: Mar 7, 2007

            Tony...where are you staying. Caladonia and Thistle are about 2 hours apart. All the courses you picked are top notch

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  • Golf Course Selections

    Tony wrote on: Dec 19, 2006

    I have reserved the following courses in order. Caledonia, Tigers Eye, Thiste, Oyster Bay, Grand Dunes. All are ranked in golf digest. Is this a good group. they all seem to be a little different. Going in July. In the past I've played Legends Heathland, Arrowhead, Wildwing Avocet, Indigo Creek, Wicked Stick, Barefoot Love, Farmstead, Waterway Hills, River Oaks, Azeala Sands, Wizard. as for the course I already Played I would rank them the following.
    1. Arrowhead
    2. Wildwing Avocet
    3. Barefoot Love
    4. Heathland
    5. Wizard
    6. Waterway Hills
    7. Wicked Sticks
    8. indigo Creek
    9. River Oaks
    10. Azeala Sands
    With the new courses I plan to play how would you rank them and why?
    I also researched Heritage but everyone says Caledonia is better but similar, is this true. Others have compared Tidewater to Oyster bay in scenery, but Oyster bay is cheaper the tour operators say you will not be disappointed with Oyster Bay, do you agree?
    Thistle I'm told is unique and very nice, Grand dunes is wide open and fun to play? Tigers eye is supposed to be a no miss course. Is that so? and finally wanted to play world tour but is it overated, and is the time of play 5 hours? and answers to any of these questions would be most helpful.. sorry for the essay...

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    • RE: Golf Course Selections

      Dan wrote on: Mar 21, 2007

      I hope this helps…….
      I have been going to Myrtle for 16 years now. We started as a group of 12 and now it’s 20. I have played most of the courses that Myrtle has to offer. I have played all the courses on your schedule.
      Ranking: Oyster Bay, Caledonia, Thistle, Grande Dunes and Tigers Eye.
      Oyster Bay: exceptionally fair, demands concentration and strategy. Bring a camera. Best value on your list.
      Caledonia: better but similar……True. This is a keeper.
      Thistle: Played it when it first opened. I had a hard time getting my group to go back because of all the water. I liked it a lot. Scottish pub and collection of golf memorabilia is awesome. Play all 27 holes…….
      Grande Dunes: Great course …..Best fairways you will see in Myrtle Beach. Hit them low and hard. Fairways will give you +30 to 50 yards. Have fun.
      Tigers Eye: Ok. Played once! Not in my top 25.
      Recommendations:
      Drop: Tigers Eye first and then Thistle.
      Add: # 1 Pawleys Plantation… This is one of the most scenic courses you will ever play in Myrtle Beach. It’s just south of Myrtle Beach in Pawleys Island. Can you tell I like it? It will be a difficult course if you let it. I would play it every year if I could. This is a must play………It would be # 1 on my list.
      Add: # 2 Glen Dornoch…Hidden gem!!! Plays along the Intracoastal Waterway. Has a great feel to it. This could be your lowest score of the week or not. After your round you can sit out on the elevated deck, eat your lunch and watch the eighteenth green. Possibly cheaper than Thistle.
      New Ranking if you go with my recommendations:
      Pawleys Plantation
      Oyster Bay
      Glen Dornoch
      Caledonia
      Grande Dunes
      Other favorites for the future….Long Bay…The Witch…True Blue and Tidewater.
      Have Fun,
      Dan

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      • RE: RE: Golf Course Selections

        Matt H wrote on: Mar 28, 2007

        new list.
        Fazio Barefoot
        Tidewater
        Rivers Edge
        Caledonia
        Love Barefoot
        The Witch
        True Blue
        Glen Dornoch
        The Dunes
        Tigers Eye
        Long Bay
        Kings North
        Willbrook
        Heritage
        TPC
        World Tour
        Legends
        -Heathland
        -Moorland
        -Parkland
        Arcadian Shores
        River Club
        Heather Glenn
        Prestwick
        Barefoot Dye
        Barefoot Norman
        Myrtlewood Palmetto

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        • RE: RE: RE: Golf Course Selections

          jim wrote on: Mar 20, 2010

          im goin down and want to play the four best. im thnkn barefoot love/ fazio. caledonia and legends parkland. any suggestions

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  • golf in winter

    J-C wrote on: Nov 17, 2006

    Hi,
    I'm from Quebec, Canada. We're planning to be in MB during Christmas time. I know it won't be very warm but is it playable? We'll be at Sheraton Broadway Plantation. Anybody have been there before? Thank you

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    • RE: golf in winter

      Joe wrote on: Dec 8, 2006

      Hi J-C,
      I travel to Myrtle Beach every year around Christmas to play golf. I'll say that the weather can be unpredictable, but the average high temp. at that time is 59 degrees. I've been in shorts several times, but I've also played in the snow once! 90% of the time, though, the weather is great for golf and the prices are a real steal at this time of year. I love it!

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  • MB golf in November

    Gary McTavish wrote on: Oct 16, 2006

    The boys and Dad are heading down at the end of November for some golf....any recommendations on solid golf courses that appeal to all handicaps. Is it better to book golf individually or as a package deal (only want golf). Any times of day better than others? What is the weather like at that time of year (Nov. 26-30)? Thanks.

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    • RE: MB golf in November

      Michael Kooistra, Jr. wrote on: Nov 3, 2006

      Hello. I've been playing golf in Myrtle Beach in October for 5 years. Just returned from a trip last weekend. I'll recommend the following courses: these are all incredible courses that you will love. 1. Caledonia 2. Legends-Moorland course 3. True Blue 4. Barefoot-Love course 5. TPC 6. Pawleys Plantation 7. Tiger's Eye 8. Glen Dornoch 9. River's Edge 10. Grande Dunes 11. Heritage 12. International World Tour 13. Barefoot-Fazio 14. Barefoot-Dye course 15. The Witch 16. Arrowhead 17. King's North
      These aren't the cheaper course, that's for sure. However, if you want some incredible golf, these are the ones. I would recommend you book your rounds through a scheduler. I hope this information is helpful for you.....MK

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    • RE: MB golf in November

      Kevin Nichols wrote on: Oct 17, 2006

      Gary:
      My brother-in-law and I just got back from a trip we booked through myrtlebeachtravel.com and couldn't have been happier. I just didn't want to take the time to call a ton of courses to compare rates and availability + we had no clue as to what the top courses there are. These guys set up the whole deal for us and gave us a super itinerary, a real mix of golf.

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  • river hills rudness

    fran wrote on: Oct 14, 2006

    hi everyone, my group and i were in myrtle beach the last week of sept 2006. our package was great. the courses we played were fantastic. fantastic except for river hills. there were 15 of us. when we arrived, and we were early, the starters clapped his hands and said "let get moving guys". remember we were early, i went into the pro shop as the guys got out their bags, put on their shoes. i did ask if we could play 5 3-somes no problem. no problem until i got back to the starter's cage, the rudness of the starter told me no 3-somes. you will go off as a 4 some, 4 some, 4 some and 3 some, and that half would go off the front 9 and other half off the back 9. i told him the staff in the pro shop said we could go off as 5 s-somes, which he said go off as i told you. he also said cart path only, we have over seeded the fairways. this guy was very rude about us playing there, almost started a fight with my guys, can't blame them. thank god we were drinking yet. we all asked why the back and front 9 pairings we said we have many goups out, we were the only ones in the parking lot! we didn't see any other persons until we were on the 6th hole. guys and girls, if you go to this course be ready for the rudness of the starters. the course insultants did follow us around and told us to pick up the pace, remember we were doing cart path only. we compleated our rounds in 4 hours because we played a scramble. my suggestion is go to another course.

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    • RE: river hills rudness

      Bryan Vasko wrote on: Aug 22, 2010

      I agree 100%. Same thing happenend to our 4some . Less than 10cars in the lot. No beverage cart on the course, so after nine we went to the clubhouse. Starter said no way so my buddy said @#$% you. Does your food and beverage dept want to make $50 dollars or not? Never will play there again. Hope the staff read my blog.

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    • RE: river hills rudness

      Mike B. wrote on: Oct 17, 2006

      Fran,
      River Hills was also a nightmare with my group. 3 years ago they lost their greens in February when my group takes their trip. This was our first round and when we got to checkin they told us of a fungus that killed all their grass. They had painted the sand green on the greens. They told us if we played a couple holes and didn't like it they would refund our money. We drove 7 hours to be told we would get a refund? No advance warning, no offer of a raincheck for another year, no chance to change the booking a week out. Very disappointing. We were thinking of adding them at some future date but not after your post. Thanks again.
      Mike

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  • Top 10

    Jim Bertyon wrote on: Sep 12, 2006

    Here are my top ten for value, service and condition:
    1) Tidewater (Great Views along the waterway)
    2) Tigers eye (Good finishing holes)
    3) Arrowhead (must play-Love it)
    4) barefoot Love
    5) Kings North
    6) Rivers Edge
    7) Legends Moorland
    8) Barefoot Fazio
    9) Caledonia
    10) Legends Heathland

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  • Never Been to MB - love to golf!

    Sharon Cuttone wrote on: Sep 4, 2006

    Can someone help us out? Traveling to MB for the first time with 2 adults and 1 teenage son(on the High School golf team). Any 'must golf' courses? Looking for a wonderful full week of golf during spring break 2007. Any 'must stay' condo or best area to be located? Looking for luxury accomodations. Thanks, Sharon

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    • RE: Never Been to MB - love to golf!

      Phil Changet wrote on: Jan 13, 2007

      Loved playing Eagles Nest..staff is wonderful and its a great golf course with 3 great finishing holes.......played myrtle for years and love this one the best for challenge and staff ....good luck....

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    • RE: Never Been to MB - love to golf!

      Mike Bankston wrote on: Oct 17, 2006

      I have played over 40 courses in Myrtle and have some suggestions:
      #1 Barefoot Love. Lots of options to attack greens. Wide landing areas,"Throwback greens" in terrific shape.
      #2 Caledonia. Immaculate, no homes, terrific marsh views.
      #3 Tiger Eye. Eye candy with a flag.
      #4 Tide Water. World Class Golf
      #5 Grande Dunes. World Class Resort style golf with possibly best practice facility.
      #6 Oyster Bay. Best value on the strand with terrific views, fun carries, and reasonable prices.
      #7 Glen Dornach. Tough and built much like Rivers Edge.
      #8 Rivers Edge. Very challenging course not recommended for high handicappers. This Arny Palmer design has perhaps the best finishing hole on the Grand Strand.
      #9 Heritage. Good mix of water, woods to create a country club feel.
      #10 Thistle. This is a links style course with wide landing areas and excellent greens.
      Keep in mind these were played over 10 years span. Dont let anyone book you into "The Oaks" as they have a host of issues in my view.
      Good luck,
      Mike

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    • RE: Never Been to MB - love to golf!

      Mike Ogrodnick wrote on: Sep 23, 2006

      Play any of the following:
      Caladonia
      Heritage
      Rivers Edge
      Lions Paw (think this is better than Tigers Eye)
      Tidewater
      Glen Dornoch
      I have never played the Barefoot courses

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  • Old Guy Places

    Ernie wrote on: Aug 25, 2006

    This might bring out some good responses...We've been coming to Myrtle for 18 years...We're now all in our late 50's and getting tired of being beat up with the LENGTH and 'target golf' of many of the newer courses...So, for all you residents and visiting regulars like us, price not a problem, what would you play in the 5800 to 6000 yard range from the WHITES?...OLD or NEW doesn't matter but condition and service is utmost on the list...Thanks in advance.

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  • Input on MB golf courses

    Mark wrote on: Aug 23, 2006

    I am going to MB in October to play at Black Bear, Brunswick Plantation, Diamondback and Wicked Stick golf courses. I was invited (at no cost to me)and had no input on these courses, so I am justlooking for any input on quality of the courses.
    Thanks

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    • RE: Input on MB golf courses

      Mike Bankston wrote on: Oct 17, 2006

      Black Bear is a decent course but not particularly interesting and is a little "fuzzy" around the grooming edges.
      Have not played Brunswick Plantation.
      DiamondBack used to be called Bucks Creek. As Bucks Creek it was a fun course in nice shape. As Diamondback, it has lost some of its appeal to me with little to recommend it at this time.
      Wicked Stick is a John Daly design that he did shortly after his British Open win. Big John is a great guy to party with but not a serious designer. This is wide open and on a windy or raw, rainey day, I would recommend this course as it is very "British or Scottish in its experience. However, there are hidden pot hole bunkers in the center of a fairway to gobble up 280 yard drives. You dont' know they are there until you come up on them. How hateful is that?
      There are wonderful courses in MB but these were likely picked on a budget.
      Remember, a bad day of golf is better than a good day of work, right?
      Mike

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      • RE: RE: Input on MB golf courses

        Ted wrote on: Nov 11, 2006

        I Thought Crowe Creek was the old Bucks Creek. I hated that course because they put man made lakes in the driving area's and the shots we blind so you did not relize you where in the water until you got to your ball.
        Yes these are low buget courses Wicked stick is about the best but little character.
        Can someone provide a top ten. I 'm going back in May.
        Thanks,

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        • RE: RE: RE: Input on MB golf courses

          Big Mack wrote on: Dec 13, 2006

          Neither Diamondback or Crowe Creek used to be Buck Creek, they are fairly new courses. Aberdeen is the old Buck Creek, they changed it a few years ago when it flooded after a hurricane.
          Diamondback is an OK course on Hwy 9, Crowe Creek is an excellent course on Hwy 17 in N.C.

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    • RE: Input on MB golf courses

      Ernie wrote on: Aug 25, 2006

      I've played Brunswick and Wicked Stick and had a great time at both places.

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  • Suggestions for Golfing In August 2006...

    Mike wrote on: Jul 24, 2006

    I'm heading to Myrtle in about a week and was hoping someone would have some suggestions about what courses to play. I'm a poor college student so I'm trying to keep my price range between $150-$200 for three rounds. Hopefully some of you have played there recently and can give me an updated report on what courses are in good shape, scenic, etc. Some I have in mind is The Witch, Tiger's Eye, Thistle, Heritage, a Legends course, River's Edge, Oyster Bay.....also, a friend of mine is playing once and doesn't want to spend too much because he's not very good, so I was thinking Diamond Back...I would really appreciate any feedback that you might have...thanks a lot

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  • top 10

    phil wrote on: Jun 29, 2006

    i m from montreal and here my top 10 in myrtle beach.
    1-tidewater
    2-true blue
    3-caledonia
    4-grande dunes
    5-barefoot dye
    6-king's north
    7-glen donorch
    8-shaftesbury glen
    9-wild wing avocet
    10-legends mooreland
    and the best steakhouse CHUCK'S.

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  • Top 10 Courses in MB

    Woody wrote on: Jun 14, 2006

    I've been going to the beach for over 25 years with 7 other golfers. Our top 10 is based on the courses that are in top shape, we get good service and they have no, or very few houses and condo's. They are:
    1. Glen Dornach
    2. Caldonia
    3. True Blue
    4. Rivers Edge
    5. The Thistle (this is a real hidden gem with 10 minute tee times).
    6. Tidewater (lot's of $$$$)
    7. The Witch
    8. The Players Club (Pete Dye course that used to be called the Gauntlet)
    9. Tiger's Eye
    10. Barefoot (Love course)

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    • RE: Top 10 Courses in MB

      Matt H wrote on: Jun 16, 2006

      Glen Dornoch Number One?? There is no way it is better than Rivers Edge, Tidewater...not that much $$$ in the Summer, Its not better than Fazio BF, Or Love BF. Fazio Barefoot might be the best course down there. Tidewater, Rivers Edge and The Dunes Club are up there, with Caledonia and True Blue. Where is the Dunes!? Wondeful old tract. Playing the Witch and Willbrook for the first time this Week! Let you ALL know.
      What im Playing.
      Long Bay
      Rivers Edge (2)
      Willbrook
      Wicked Stick (the old man loves it)
      The Witch
      Then??
      Heather Glen, Arcadian Shores, or River Club

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  • 1st time to MB

    Kevin wrote on: May 31, 2006

    I have been in contact (via email) with 2 different agents, but Im looking for advice from actual MB "diehards" that are not trying to sell me on their own package, but general advice. questions:
    #1. Any particular lodging you recommend, OR DONT recommend. (We prefer to stay in North or Central MB)
    #2. What is this surcharge fee I have been seeing some of you discuss?
    #3. What courses do you recommend in the North/ Central area.
    #4 Do you recommend signing up for a package deal, especially if we plan to play 5 rounds (36 holes for 2 of the days)

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    • RE: 1st time to MB

      Matt H wrote on: Jun 3, 2006

      yea, i never do the package deal, we stay in the Brigadune adjacent to the Dunes Club, and i usually plan my golf the first day im there. The top 10 courses in MB will all charge 20-60 bucks surcharge. If i were you id get accomadations and golf seperate. Try the Barefoot Courses, if ur willing to pay a little more, you will get ALOT out of your golf, amazing golf, all 4 courses, i like Fazio the best. Those 4 courses are in north Myrtle beach, Tidewater, in Little River SC. DEF WORTH IT! Rivers Edge, in Shallotte NC. well worth the 25 minute drive north on 17. HEather Glen and Glen Dornoch also on the north end of the Grand Strand, Tigers Eye at oean plantation is very nice as well, also on the North End. Long Bay Club is on highway 9, very nice club. new greens, very nice. Hope This Helps

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  • My Top 10

    Matt wrote on: May 1, 2006

    As a frequent MB golfer, i have the thrue top 10. If ANYONE thinks the BAREFOOT COURSES dont deserve to be in the top 10 they are CRAZY! The conditions at these four courses are AMAZING!
    1)Tidewater
    2)River Edge
    3)Dunes Club
    4)Fazio Barefoot
    5)Tigers Eye
    6)Love Barefoot
    7)Long Bay Club (post bermuda greens)
    8)Caledonia
    9)TPC
    10)True Blue
    I would LOVE some INPUT on River Club, Litchfield, and Willbrook, Heritage, Tradition. Dont get down south much! As you can tell i have a Northern Strand Bias! But my list, IS THE LIST if you want GRADE A Myrtle Beach Golf

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    • RE: My Top 10

      Mike Bankston wrote on: Oct 17, 2006

      Hi Matt,
      I cant disagree with your top 10.
      You asked about:
      River Club-
      Willbrook
      Heritage and
      Tradition
      All these courses are southside and all are 4 star tracks in very good shape (when Last I played them a few years back). We stayed at Litchfield plantation and it was excellent with full breakfast daily.
      Thanks,
      Mike

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    • RE: My Top 10

      chris wrote on: Sep 14, 2006

      You have to take a trip to the south. The courses down there are just awesome. River Club is the second best MBN course behind Kings North which is on my top 10 list. tarditions is ok as is willbrook nothing special. litchfield you can pass on. Heritage is a must play GREAT course. pawleys is nice to. hope this helps.

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    • RE: My Top 10

      steve earl wrote on: May 30, 2006

      I can't imagine any Barefoot course being in the top ten? The Dunes is the no 1

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      • RE: RE: My Top 10

        Matt H wrote on: Jan 18, 2007

        Are you serious? Barefoot is the best golf community down there. The Fazio and Love are Incredible. The club house is amazing, and the new practice range is great!! outside of Rivers Edge, Tidewater, and the Dunes, I dont see nething Touching Fazio's Barefoot course. And love is not far behind!

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    • RE: My Top 10

      paul gustafson wrote on: May 24, 2006

      I like your top ten although I'm not as fond of the Barefoot Courses. We have bee going to MB the past 6 or 7 years & here is my top 10.
      #1 River's Edge
      #2 Oyster Bay
      #3 Pine Lakes
      #4 Tigers Eye
      #5 Heritage Plantation
      #6 Rivers Club
      #7 Willbrook Plantation
      #8 Maqn O' War
      #9 Heather Glen
      #10 Wild Wing Woodstork
      This past March we played WW Hummingbird. The conditions were bad & we were told that this course will be closing.
      other courses we played this year were King's North which we have always enjoyed, but I put it just outside my top 10; River's Edge one of my favorites; Tidewater that gets mixed reviews from my group. I think the houses are much to close; Sandpiper Bay and Myrtle Beach natl West which were good but not great; and a pleasant surprise at Man O' War that everyone liked a lot. Take care!!

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      • RE: RE: My Top 10

        don wrote on: Nov 30, 2006

        I just want to say that I keep hearing everyone make all these wonderful comments at how great River's Edge is. I really think you have to take into account not only the course itself but the time of year you play it. We went back this August and played it for the first time in about 5 years because all we kept hearing was how great it is. Total disappointment. If you can't keep your greens, you definitely don't deserve a top 10. All the other courses we played (Caledonia, Glen Dornoch, Tiger's Eye, and even Carolina National) had great greens for the time of year. River's Edge had one hole closed because the green was such a mess, and cut up greens on all the other holes to make up for it. Such a shame and not great service. We'll never go back.

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    • RE: My Top 10

      ozzie pro wrote on: May 4, 2006

      i have been playing the grand strand courses for 10 years and find it impossible to make a top 10 but without doubt the numbers 1 and 2 are tidewater and rivers edge in either order.i also have a soft spot for glen dornoch and tigers eye..

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      • RE: RE: My Top 10

        matt wrote on: May 12, 2006

        i heard glen dornoch is sliding downhill some, Tigers Eye is a wonderful track

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  • Gem in the Rough

    Ted wrote on: Apr 2, 2006

    Hi All,
    Been to Myrtle Beach about 10 times.
    Looking for a great course to play for little or no Surcharge can you help?
    Going down early may Staying in North Mrytle.
    Email me. Thanks Much

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    • RE: Gem in the Rough

      clyde smith wrote on: Apr 15, 2006

      AZALEA SANDS AND ARCADIAN SHORES ARE ALWAYS IN GREAT SHAPE

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      • RE: RE: Gem in the Rough

        Fred Reeder wrote on: Jul 6, 2006

        Really disapointed in Arcadian Shores since 1998. Fairways unkept and greens in poor shape. Sorry, but this used to be a "regular" stop for our group, but not anymore------
        If it improves, let me know.
        Thanks, Fred

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  • first time to area

    Rhonda wrote on: Mar 14, 2006

    My husband and I are traveling to MB in May and will only be able to play 2-3 rounds. I'm looking for the best courses for us - our handicaps are between 8-18 and are looking for callenging and scenic courses. What do you recommend as "must courses"?

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    • RE: first time to area

      Frank wrote on: Apr 29, 2006

      Rhonda,
      I just completed my 4th journey to Myrtle Beach. There are many varieties and types of courses, regarding courses setlled in a natural environment or like many, plugged and over crowded with homes&condo`s all over. I have a few that I must say are carved out beautifully in respect to the natural beauty around them..
      Here they are: Pawley`s Plantation( South of myrtle beach 30miles) but a Jack Niklaus beauty. Oyster Bay (Just a few miles North of the S.C. border.) Many of the golfers I run into peg Oyster Bay as a must every year. Myrtle Beach National King`s North.( Very crowded, but that`s because the holes are spectacular as well as challenging. Last one: The Witch ( Named after the owner`s 4th grade teacher! Secluded alone and totally away from the commercial condo`s that strip the natural beauty of so many courses...
      Best of Luck!
      Frank
      :)

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    • RE: first time to area

      glenn wrote on: Apr 11, 2006

      Rhonda - I've played probably 25 courses down in the MB area.
      Since the courses that encompass the over 100 courses span such a large area, do like we do and focus on a north, central or southern area to play in. Otherwise, you can end up with 45-60 minute commutes.
      If you're in the south end, try The Witch if you don't care to see and housing and don't want a large surcharge.
      If you don't mind the surcharges, The Heritage, True Blue and Caledonia are must play courses to play at.
      If you're in the north, don't miss Glen Dornoch

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    • RE: first time to area

      Billy wrote on: Mar 18, 2006

      If I had to play only 2 or 3 courses in the Myrtle beach area, I would play Tidewater, The Dunes and Caledonia. I have not played Pawleys Plantation but I have it on good authority that it is the most scenic course in the area.

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    • RE: first time to area

      Capt. John wrote on: Mar 17, 2006

      Rhonda,
      I have brought a group of FF's down every November for the past 6 years. We consider "scenic" to be the beauty of the course, plus the views from the course. Some that come to mind are Rivers Edge, Oyster Bay, Bald Head Island, Pawleys Plantation and Dunes Beach Club. There are several more, but you won't regret any of these.
      Take care, stay safe, and enjoy!!!

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    • RE: first time to area

      josh wrote on: Mar 16, 2006

      i would recommend wild wing's avocet and Hummingbird course which is so under rated, and maybe the falcon. man o war was great too but if your looking for a looks go with acovet, hummingbird and willbrook. They are all a little different in sytle challenging and scenic but not too challenging. we stayed at wing wild planation for 4 nights with five rounds for $420 totaly worth it.

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  • Inexpensive golf?

    Carl wrote on: Mar 6, 2006

    Planning to come to Myrtle last week in April, staying at a friend's timeshare.
    It appears everything is expensive!!! then. Any recommendations on how to cut costs-- cheaper courses, cheaper times to play, golf cards, etc.?

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    • RE: Inexpensive golf?

      John Nafie wrote on: Mar 8, 2006

      Greetings Golf Friend:
      Make a tee time for the first day of your golf vacation before you leave home, someplace that you have played perhaps, or one you know is not that expensive. As you arrive in the Myrtle Beach area, get the local newspaper and search the sports pages and look for "deals". You can make other tee times as you travel to your first course.
      Play Well,
      John N.

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  • Help Me out

    Scott Davis wrote on: Mar 5, 2006

    I will be making my first trip to Myrtle March 26th- April 1 although I did stop and play once at The Wizard
    I would like to play at least 4 days and would be willing to get in 36 on at least two of those days. I am traveling by myself and want to play decent courses, but don't have the budget to pay $100 rounds. Could any one suggest 1/2 dozen decent courses that are also a good value. I like a nice course but would rather pay 3 $40 rounds then 1 $120 round. If a deal can be had for singles? Is standby golf active in Myrtle?

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    • RE: Help Me out

      josh wrote on: Mar 16, 2006

      i would say wild wings acovet, hummingbird are awsome, river club, mytle beach national king's north, man o war or the witch instead of the wizard which is boring. all great rounds and they are all in a good place range.

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  • travel

    ock wrote on: Feb 27, 2006

    How far are Carolina National and crow creek river's edge etc, from north myrtle and is it worth the drive? been a while since i have been to the beach.

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    • RE: travel

      don wrote on: Mar 5, 2006

      probably no longer than 30 minutes. definitely worth it i think.

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    • RE: travel

      Roger Bense wrote on: Mar 2, 2006

      Rivers Edge and the others are no more than 20 - 30 minutes from Myrtle. They are DEFINITELY worth the trip. My wife and I fell in love with Rivers Edge and intend to build a house there next year! Most beautiful finishing holes in NC.

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  • trip march 2006

    JIM SWATTON wrote on: Feb 15, 2006

    Hi guys and gals,
    we are a group of 4 limey's coming to play myrtle beach again whats going on there? hope we wont see tower cranes every where like in Spain.
    Its such a fantastic place for us to play and is priced within our reach.
    Any advice for a couple of courses to fill up our package is it worth forking out for world tour?
    Arrowhead is on the list we play that one everytime we come over.
    see you all in march.
    jim

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    • RE: trip march 2006

      paul wrote on: Aug 3, 2006

      Hi Jim
      we are also 4 limeys living in canada.Can you recom some golf,place to stay thats reasonable and in the heart of mb,thanks pal

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    • RE: trip march 2006

      kellyndgolf wrote on: Feb 21, 2006

      Jim: Where are you staying? North/central/south: I note you are playing Diamond Back...there are so many courses i would suggest. You have seen the top ten but there are many others in the very good category. Avocet, heathland, Moorland, thistle, The Witch, Willbrook, Blackmoor, Prestwick, TPC, Long Bay..how many rounds are you playing?.

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    • RE: trip march 2006

      Matt wrote on: Feb 18, 2006

      In no specific order....
      My top ten are Caledonia, Dunes, Tidewater, Kings North, Rivers edge, True Blue, TPC, World Tour, Barefoot Love, and Tigers Eye.

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      • RE: RE: trip march 2006

        kellygolfnd wrote on: Feb 21, 2006

        I suggest you consider The Thistle also... a very nice course..

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      • RE: RE: trip march 2006

        jimswatton wrote on: Feb 21, 2006

        thanks advice
        jim

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    • RE: trip march 2006

      don wrote on: Feb 18, 2006

      Oh and as for the World Tour, it's an expensive great course if you just think of it as simply that. Don't go in thinking of all the history surrounding the holes. The course is nice don't get me wrong, but taking the holes out of their original environment truely takes away from the actual beauty I think. Besides, the 9 with the 17th at TPC always seems to be closed. My suggestion is don't disrespect St. Andrews. For the cost, I'd rather take a trip back up there when I got home. Granny Clarke's wind and the Swilcan Bridge are just fine in Fife.

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      • RE: RE: trip march 2006

        jim swatton wrote on: Feb 20, 2006

        thanks for your reply we are going to scotland later on we intend tyo try that one of course
        tnx for the advice.
        try this link.
        http://www.standrews.com/webcams/
        jim

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    • RE: trip march 2006

      don wrote on: Feb 18, 2006

      While I would definitely agree with papa bear's comments about beauty, I knocked what Jason felt because he wasn't being helpful to the people that actually come on here to ask advice of pro's and con's to MB courses. I like to think if somoene wanted to know a great group of courses to play, they could come here and read some of the comments and not get caught up in "sponsorship" issues that have nothing to do with golf. The one you claim's the best is the one our foursome's been waiting to play 5 years now. It's closed every time we're there for aeration of greens/fairways. Maybe this year since we're going a different week. Without numbering them, for our mates from the UK, I'd say a solid top 5 would be The Dunes Club, Tidewater, Caledonia (hopefully), The Grande Dunes (from the tips as I've already complimented on), and the TPC. If you're willing to take a drive I'd say Porter's Neck is the best course down there period, but it's up near Wilmington and it may have gone private by now. Finally, if you're looking for a quality course with unbelievable greens, Crow Creek is a sleeper (that's for the good Dr). Hope that helps your foursome. I went to Oxford for a term and was able to play Wentworth before the BMW, and then up to St Andrews to play the Old Course before the Open in 05. Love it there. Cheers!

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      • RE: RE: trip march 2006

        jim swatton wrote on: Feb 21, 2006

        Thanks all who posted reply
        look out for us in early march
        we start with diamond back 27th feb then we will be playing island green mbn i cant remember the rest but we have some spare dates .
        thanks again for your ideas
        Jim

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  • No way!!!!!

    Jason wrote on: Jan 25, 2006

    Love and Dye at Barefoot in top 10?? There must be some sponsorship involved in those picks! Where's Glen Dornoch? Tiger's Eye? Oyster Bay? All 3 are better than anything at Barefoot. Grande Dunes is a boring, overrated course as well. Nothing on the front 9 stands out at all. Top 10 should be:
    1)River's Edge
    2)Glen Dornoch
    3)Tidewater
    4)True Blue
    5)Pawley's(only because conditions here are terrible-the greens are never watered-but the layout is fantastic!)
    6)Tiger's Eye
    7)Oyster Bay
    8)Caledonia
    9)King's North
    10)Heritage

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    • RE: No way!!!!!

      Don wrote on: Feb 12, 2006

      I don't want to sound crass or anything, but you're quite hypocritical with your comments. You mention overrated and then say Glen Dornoch should be number 2. Supposedly one of the "best" courses in Myrtle Beach and it wasn't worth pulling in the front entrance. I've played 9 of your top 10, in fact I've played just about every top notch course down there, and your list seems a bit muddled. Pawley's doesn't deserve a top 50. And come on, you must have some sponsorship with the Legends group because Oyster Bay deserved top 10 honors 15 years ago, and the Heritage? Come on. As for standing out, at King's North the only thing I remember was the huge construction equipment on the famous island 12th. Forget "the gambler"...any true golfer can tell you (and ask the workers in the proshop) that's a gimmick hole where a well struck driver off the tee to the normal landing area gives you a much better chance at scoring. All I can say is don't disrespect The Dunes Club or even the TPC by banishing either from a true MB top 10.

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      • RE: RE: No way!!!!!

        Papa Bear wrote on: Feb 14, 2006

        beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I've played 120 courses at the beach and I beleive Caledonia is the best, but that's my opinion. you can't knock what others feel, because as youknow you can take 10 golfers out and they all will have different opinions. I also think Rivers Edge and Tidewater are inthe top 3 or 4. I'am going back in April and will play Rivers Edge again. I go twice a year and just love it there. Then again I'am from Conn. where we just got 20 inches of snow.

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      • RE: RE: No way!!!!!

        Don wrote on: Feb 12, 2006

        And by the way, I took offense to your comments about the Grande Dunes. Having no affiliation with the course at all, other than playing it multiple times, I can say that's definitely a top 10. My advice to you sir is play it from the tips, you won't forget a single hole.

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      • RE: RE: No way!!!!!

        joe wrote on: Feb 12, 2006

        i agree totally with don!

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  • Myrtle Beach in March

    John wrote on: Jan 17, 2006

    Which of the Top 10 courses do you think will be dry and in top shape in late March?

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  • MB top 10

    doug steindl wrote on: Jan 15, 2006

    While I don't think you can put a number on what course is better than the next, I do think one of these does not belong. There are so many great courses in MB I don't think you could clearly say one course is a clear cut number 1. That is each players personal choice. I do think the Grande Dunes is vastly over rated. It may be a great track at some point but lacks any excitement to me. Way too many trees were cleared from this property so that no hole on this course stands out to me. The greens were great but other than that it was a pretty boring experience compared to others at the beach. I would certainly put Oyster Bay, Heritage or Wild Wing Avocet or Falcon cleary ahead of Grande Dunes.

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    • RE: MB top 10

      don wrote on: Feb 18, 2006

      Hey doug,
      Can you please give me your opinion on Avocet and Falcon if you had to choose one of the two?

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      • RE: RE: MB top 10

        kellygolfND wrote on: Feb 21, 2006

        I enjoyed Falcon. Scenery wise the rusting concrete towers in the background were a little distracting. But a nice course.

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  • myrtle beach top 10

    Tim wrote on: Jan 14, 2006

    just got back from a trip to the beach and we played four of your top ten rivers edge, tidewater, the dye course and the Love Course, still not sure that i can put the love course number one although it was in impeccable shape last thursday the 12th hope to go back and play rivers edge when it is dry and the greens get back later on this spring should be fine it was a great layout just wet. have played nine of your ten all except world tour and the only one i would question about being ther is pawleys plantation althought it is one heck of a course i would have to put the TPC ahead of it the course was great and in ten years of taking anywhere between 24 and 60 golfers on a trip we were treated the best at the TPC

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  • Top 10 Myrtle Beach Courses

    Jo Anne wrote on: Jan 12, 2006

    Just a slight correction in the Top Ten Myrtle Beach Courses article that the Barefoot Love and Barefoot Fazio Courses were both included in Golf Digest's America's Top 100 Public Courses as were some of the others mentioned in the article.

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    • RE: Top 10 Myrtle Beach Courses

      Editor wrote on: Jan 13, 2006

      The story is correct. Jo Anne is talking about America's 100 top "public" courses. But Golf Digest has several top 100 lists.

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