Spring has arrived, and if you’re going to be in Myrtle Beach, that means a few things. Great weather is definitely #1, but it’s not the only source of delight during the season of renewal.
If you regard golf courses as places not just of challenge and recreation but also of beauty, you’re going to love springtime along the Grand Strand. If you’d like to enjoy some wonderful spring scenery while you’re playing golf here, these are the courses you should target in particular:
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Located in Pawleys Island, just minutes south of Myrtle Beach proper, Caledonia has the dual distinction of being one of the region’s overall best courses and “the best-smelling golf course in the world,” according to Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella. This second claim to fame is due to the thousands of flowers and ornamental plants that cohabitate the grounds with a splendid Mike Strantz course. The first tee box is accented by a hedge pruned such that it spells out “CALEDONIA,” setting a perfect tone for the day.
Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club
Pawleys Plantation, another one of the distinguished layouts along the southern Grand Strand, is one of the Myrtle Beach area’s two courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear, who won a record six Masters in his incomparable career, routed the course through coastal forest on the front nine, with a number of holes enjoying expansive marsh frontage on the inward half. Though the less-spectacular scenery causes some of the early holes to be overlooked, they shine in springtime, as azalea bushes dot the inland part of the Pawleys Plantation property, adding a pop of color to the scene at this time of year.
Pine Lakes Country Club
The first course built in the Myrtle Beach area, Pine Lakes has been a favorite for locals and visitors alike for nearly a century. This 1927 Robert White design comes complete with one of Myrtle Beach’s most beautiful clubhouses, as well as beautiful gardens that serve as a perfect place to take a short, mind-clearing pre-round stroll. Stop and smell the flowers here, and it just might put you at ease to make a couple more birdies than usual.
To book your rounds at these and dozens of other wonderful Myrtle Beach-area golf courses, visit MyrtleBeachGolf.com.