There comes a time in every golfer’s life when he has to splurge. When you do the math, it may cost you around $10 per hole for the greens fees on 18 holes, but the experience will be well worth the price of admission. Trust us. The following courses have a reputation for costing a bit more than your average Myrtle Beach course, however they are consistently listed as some of the top-rated courses in Myrtle Beach and in the country.
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club: It’s one thing to read about golf course accolades in a magazine, but once you turn onto the historic road leading to Caledonia, you’ll know every one of them is true. The live oaks draped with Spanish moss lining the narrow road instantly take you to another era or, perhaps, allow you to forget about time altogether. The art gallery-worthy vistas continue at the Southern clubhouse and on every hole on the course. You will no doubt lose concentration once or twice during your round due to the sheer natural beauty that is Caledonia. Top-rated course, 4.5 stars. Both are true, but the million dollar views are worth the price of admission.
The Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf: Barefoot offers a Fazio, a Norman and a Dye course, but there’s something about the Love course that makes it stand as the champion among champions. Maybe it’s holes 3-7, which feature the ruins of an old plantation home. It could be the playability of the course, where every golfer can feel comfortable playing. Maybe it’s because Davis Love III is a Carolina boy, and he just knows how to craft his native terrain. Maybe it’s the similarities to another Southern gem, Pinehurst No. 2. Whatever it is, you need to play the Davis course. If you’re not able to play all of the Barefoot courses, make the decision to give the Davis course a shot.
True Blue Golf Plantation: If you want a true lowcountry golf experience, go Blue. Waste bunkers, creeks and salt marshes wind their way through the course among live oaks and ancient pines. Often considered one of the most difficult courses in the Grand Strand, True Blue does offer five sets of tees, so while you’re shelling out some cash to play there, consider playing from the tees that are appropriate for your game.
Heritage Club: Do you like history attached to your golf course? Heritage Club may be the course for you. Golfers pay their respects as they pass a slave burial ground on the 8th hole. In addition, two holes on the course are played on cemeteries from another era. Weaving through the history is some excellent golf and above average practice facilities. More than half the holes feature water.
Sometimes it’s really true that you get more when you pay more. In the case of these top courses in the Myrtle Beach area, that’s definitely the case, but you actually may not have to pay top dollar for these experiences. Prime tee times during peak golf season will certainly be hard to come by, but if you’re flexible about time of day and time of year, you can actually play these courses for less than you’d think. But remember, some experiences on the golf course can truly be priceless.