For years, Myrtle Beach has maintained its reputation as the top family vacation destination on the Carolina coast. There is Broadway at the Beach, the epicenter of entertainment, with popular restaurants, shopping, a movie theater and its very one lake – which you can actually zip-line across. But golfers are more interested in navigating around other water hazards.
Myrtle Beach is also known to many as the Golf Capital of the World – and for good reason. It’s home to a slew of courses designed by legends like Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, and Arnold Palmer. When visitors come here to play, they too can feel like pros with the top-level accommodations and amenities provided by the clubs. The hardest part of your trip will be trying to fit as much as you can into a few days. Here are our top recommendations for the courses and hot spots you should definitely hit.
Kick your shoes off and make yourself right at home at Barefoot Resort & Golf and the Dye Course – figuratively speaking, of course. The Dye Course boasts a relaxing atmosphere but offers several challenges to keep you from getting too comfortable. Whether you’re simply swinging away stress or dead set on birdie, be sure and bring your A-game. After you switch from spikes to sandals, head over to Barefoot Landing, a popular nearby entertainment district, and enjoy a waterfront dinner at Flying Fish Public Market & Grill.
Instead of sleeping in, make a morning tee time at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawleys Island. Draped in Spanish moss and bordered by reed patches, the course will make you want to stop in between holes to snap a few pics. This picturesque Southern course is a Mike Strantz masterpiece that even non-golfers can appreciate as special. Sink your putt on the Par 4 18th, then unwind on the porch with lunch at Caledonia’s Grillroom.
While you’re in the neighborhood, you may as well stop in at Caledonia’s sister course, True Blue Golf Club. With enormous fairways framed by waste bunkers equally as challenging as they are scenic, all bets are off on this expansive course. So make some friendly wagers with your friends and see who’s buying dinner after. If you lose out, take the group up Highway 17 to Habaneros Mexican Cantina. You can’t go wrong with the carnitas. If you’re not picking up the check, convince everyone to go to Bistro 217 and have a glass of wine or two.
Rise and shine, and make the most of your last day in golfing paradise. You started the trip with a Pete Dye layout, so why not end it with another course created in the Dye tradition? With its significant undulation and multi-tiered greens, the P.B. Dye-designed Moorland Course at Legends Golf Resort will put your putting skills to the test. But thanks to a 35-acre practice facility, there’s plenty of room to warm up first. After you’ve played up an appetite, it’s time to start thinking about brunch. You might consider stopping in at Tupelo Honey for a Bloody Mary and some signature Southern comfort food. Another solid option is Croissants Bistro & Bakery. They have lighter grab-and-go options like muffins and pastries, but the Bananas Foster French Toast is worth grabbing a table for.
The Myrtle Beach area is packed with possibilities for vacationing golfers. Discover a new love for the game on well-designed golf courses against a backdrop of beautiful Carolina scenery.