We, at Myrtle Beach Golf, would never suggest that you choose which golf courses to play based solely on their clubhouses. But in this case, some of the best layouts also happen to be located just outside the doors of some of the finest and best designed clubhouses on the Grand Strand. Of the more than 80 courses located in a 60-mile radius of Myrtle Beach, these heavenly seven clubhouses stand out in the crowd:
Barefoot Golf Resort: Contrary to the unusual name, shoes are required at two deserving clubhouses in the North Myrtle Beach golf complex. The Dye Course, home of the annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, is to die for, offering lovely views of the course from the outdoor patio deck. The main clubhouse, which is shared by the Fazio, Love and Norman courses; features 35,000 square feet of upscale fixtures and furnishings, including a pro shop, dining facility, locker room and 19th hole.
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club: This Lowcountry layout boasts one of the most beautiful clubhouses in the Southeast. Arrive down a driveway lined with live oaks on this former rice and indigo plantation. The award-winning course has an antebellum-style clubhouse to match. As nice as the interior is, guests flock to the outdoor patio deck to enjoy the view and watch golfers try to finish out strong on the 18th hole.
Dunes Golf & Beach Club: Location, location, location lands this classic course and clubhouse on the list. Featuring ocean views from the windows and patio deck, The Dunes Club's interior exudes Southern charm and hospitality. The 19th hole is a refreshing stop after surviving the 13th hole, Waterloo. The walls are covered with memorabilia from when the course hosted the Senior PGA Tour Championship.
Legends Golf Resort: Turn off Highway 501, weave your way through some woods, and the castle-like clubhouse suddenly appears through the trees and makes you think you might have crossed the Atlantic Ocean by mistake. This Scottish-style structure serves as the clubhouse for all three courses and offers all the modern amenities in a classic setting. Be sure to check out Ailsa's Pub for great food, drinks and company.
Pine Lakes International Country Club: The Granddaddy of Myrtle Beach golf courses also have the oldest and most historic clubhouse. Built in 1927 but undergoing major renovations in recent years, the Pine Lakes clubhouse holds a special place in local and national golf heritage, such as the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame and the birthplace of Sports Illustrated magazine. Of course, the Robert White Pub is the most popular draw.
TPC of Myrtle Beach: One of the newest clubhouses on the Grand Strand lives up to the TPC's lofty standards. Built in Murrells Inlet in 2000, the TPC of Myrtle Beach features a modern clubhouse with first-rate facilities and one of the best 19th holes and views on the Grand Strand.
Thistle Golf Club: Step back in time at this Scottish-themed clubhouse complete with golf memorabilia from two centuries ago. More than 15,000 square feet make up this palatial clubhouse that also serves as a golf museum of sorts. This 27-hole links layout has the perfect pub to unwind over a pint or two after your round.
Of course, the clubhouse is only one of many factors that will determine your overall golf experience, but the 19th holes and other facilities inside the buildings provide your first and final impressions. Be sure to check out some of these beauties during your Myrtle Beach golf vacation, or book your own package of the top clubhouses and golf courses.