With 100 golf courses from snout to tail of the Grand Strand and given the often close association of golfers and food, there are bound to be some good places to eat at some of the Grand Strand’s golf courses, right?
These four golf courses cover much of the Myrtle Beach area, from Pawleys Island in the south to northern Myrtle Beach. Two are timeless classics and two are modern masterpieces.
Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
It should come as no surprise at all that one of the top courses in the Myrtle Beach area also happens to house perhaps the best on-site spot to grab a bite to eat post-round. Caledonia’s shrimp bisque is rich, creamy and stocked with fresh local shrimp and if none of their salads, sandwiches or burgers don’t catch your eye, you’re a criminally picky eater. If dining al fresco is your style, there are tables outside, overlooking the 18th green. If 18 holes in the air is enough, the indoor space for eating is excellent, with views of televisions often showing either The Golf Channel, ESPN or both.
True Blue Plantation
Even less surprising than the superiority of the dining room at Caledonia is the fact that its sister course offers a similarly excellent pre- or post-round gustatory experience. And like Caledonia, diners are welcome to sit outside and root their fellow players on as they tackle the wild and wooly par four 18th. In addition, True Blue’s clam chowder is the equal of Caledonia’s shrimp bisque. The hot dogs are huge, with homemade chili available as a topping as well. If you’re looking for a purely Southern lunch item, try the pimiento cheeseburger.
Speaking of chowder, Pine Lakes is where the tradition began, with a local-recipe seafood chowder being ladled out of a huge pot near the first tee of Myrtle Beach’s oldest golf course. The chowder is still available and delicious, but you’ll have to grab a cup in the charming clubhouse in between nines or at round’s end. Speaking of rounds, the bar at Pine Lakes is one of the area’s best, solid and welcoming, with a great view of both a television and the array of spirits on offer.
Dunes Golf & Beach Club
The area’s second-oldest golf course (and, some say, its best) is only playable to guests who book through myrtlebeachgolf.com through an exclusive agreement. Playing the golf course and enjoying a meal in the clubhouse’s Gator Hole Grille with panoramic ocean views is well worth it—from the bar snacks to homemade pulled pork sandwiches, everything at The Dunes is top-notch.