5 Courses to Play for Your First Myrtle Beach Golf Trip

Welcome to the Myrtle Beach golf scene.

Your first time? It’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed. This is the Golf Capital of the World, after all. But there are a few courses that are perfect for the Grand Strand rookie. As you book your first tee times, check out these courses.

Arcadian Shores Golf Club

A nice course in great shape, with some tricky shots sprinkled in. You’ll find helpful, friendly staff on a course perfect or a day of golf with friends. It is fun for the beginner, yet still challenging to the more experienced.

DID YOU KNOW: This was acclaimed architect Rees Jones’ first solo project? His efforts included such natural features as lakes, tree-lined fairways, and one-of-a-kind contouring.

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Arcadian Shores

The Wizard Golf Links

It’s one of the best-kept courses on the Grand Strand, and one you’ll surely want to play again. The greens are excellent, and always look ready for tournament play. Playing the Wizard harkens to the feel of a course in Scotland.

DID YOU KNOW: Architects moved 1 million cubic yards of earth to create elevation changes? This variation isn’t easy to achieve on the Grand Strand.

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Dunes Golf & Beach Club

If you’re going to play on the Grand Strand, you should experience one of the southeast’s finest courses. Conditioning and staff here are second to none. Legendary architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., is behind the layout, and it’s a beauty. The course is always in A-1 shape, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better golf experience.

DID YOU KNOW: The club opened in the 1940s? The back nine today was the original nine-hole course.

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Dunes

Long Bay Golf Club

Tough like the Golden Bear who designed it, Long Bay is a memorable course and one of the area’s top inland courses. Jack Nicklaus built this one with diminutive greens. It’s the kind of track that can beat you up a little but still leave you smiling. Ample dogwoods, maples, and pines, with crystal-blue streams, make for a pleasing round.

DID YOU KNOW: Long Bay is part of an exclusive set of Prime Times Founders Collection courses? They’re designated as some of Myrtle Beach’s best.

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Myrtlewood Golf Club

One of the area’s oldest courses had a makeover in 1993, requiring a bit more skill to navigate. Myrtlewood is challenging yet friendly and is a fun course to play. Set on the Intracoastal, the Palmetto and PineHills courses are unique and beautiful.

DID YOU KNOW: The Palmetto Course got new Sunday Ultradwarf Bermuda grass greens in 2019? It was part of Dan Schlegel’s revamp.

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Myrtlewood Palmetto

With dozens of courses in the area, you could play Myrtle Beach for a lifetime and never get bored. These five courses are just a start.