Planning the perfect South Carolina vacation, but don’t know where to stop and tee up? Check out one or more of these beautiful golf courses during your stay.
Try One Of These 6 Beautiful Golf Courses In South Carolina
1. The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island
Home of the 2012 PGA Championship (and soon the 2021 PGA Championship), this course offers a challenge that most others don’t have: wind. Because the winds around this course can be intense, the designer set up two different courses within the one: one for eastern winds and one for western winds. While difficult, this course provides for a beautiful view of the Atlantic coastline at each hole. The Ocean Course has received many honors, including the #3 spot on Golf Digest’s list of the best public golf courses in the U.S. When you stop by this course, be sure to consider the weather conditions when you tee up, and plan for a full day of fun out by the ocean!
2. Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island
As one of the most celebrated courses on the PGA Tour, Harbour Town Golf Links puts the focus on making shots rather than your strength as a golfer. With classic par-3 holes and a final (and extra challenging) par-4 18th hole, this course is a favorite of many PGA golfers as it truly tests your skills as a golfer, not just you experience. It’s recommend that you set up a tee time in advance when you visit this course, but there are also a variety of packages available if you’re planning a stay at the Sea Pines Resort. Planning a trip out with a couple old friends? The course and the resort both offer great deals for groups, so be sure to book your tee time and vacation rental soon!
3. May River Golf Club- Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton
This newer golf course has already received many honors and recognitions for its beautiful layout along the river and eco-friendly fairways. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this course offers a unique experience for beginner and advanced golfers alike. The course is open year round, and has many amenities including a driving range, putting green, access to golf professionals and rental clubs and carts. Caddie service is required with each round you play so you can walk and enjoy the natural scenery in the area. With strategic bunkers, natural waste areas and serene native landscapes, this course is truly a golfer’s paradise.
4. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Myrtle Beach
Located on the shores of the Grand Strand, The Dunes is the only golf course in Myrtle Beach is a view of the ocean. Home to the PGA National Championship in 2014, this course is well recognized as one of the best golf courses in the nation. The course was designed by the well-known golf architect Robert Trent Jones, and while there have been minor renovations from time to time, the course still holds the essence that Jones created. Hole 13—formally titled ‘Waterloo’—is the most well known hole on the course, and has received many accolades for being one of the best golf holes in the world. With beautiful scenery and amazing fairways, this course is the perfect addition to your Myrtle Beach vacation. Be sure to reserve your tee time before you come out to play!
5. Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, Pawleys Island
Caledonia is frequently recognized for its beauty. From its beautifully historic live oak trees to the old-south style clubhouse, this club is perfect for both golfers and visitors alike. Each hole is as unique and beautiful as the last, and all provide an average level of difficulty that allows the course to be recognized as #29 on Golf Magazine’s ‘Top 100 You Can Play’ list in 2016. After you finish your day golfing, you can enjoy a meal in the clubhouse restaurant, or relax and enjoy the sunset in rocking chairs while you bet on other players. Caledonia can get pretty busy, so be sure to either schedule a tee time before your trip or check the availability online.
6. Grand Dunes Golf Club, Myrtle Beach
Grand Dunes is another great Myrtle Beach course that offers holes that challenge everyone from beginner to expert. With a beautiful view of the Intercostal Waterway, the course features an amazing layout designed by the Roger Rulewich Group. The course features expansive Bermuda fairways that look wonderful under the sunset. After a fun game, enjoy a meal or a drink at the Mediterranean-style clubhouse or take a break out on the veranda and watch other golfers take on the 18th hole. The Grand Dunes are filled with fun experiences both on a off the golf course, so be sure to book a tee time before your trip to lock in a good price.
This article was written by Kellyn Nettles.